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NCRA's 43rd Annual Educational Conference will be held April 5-8, 2017, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. The program has been designed to ensure registrars are current and up-to-date with advancements in the field. There are over 45 plenary and concurrent sessions to provide conference attendees a wide range of choices to meet individual educational needs. Earn over 18 CEs. The keynote speaker is Lawrence Shulman, MD, Chair, Commission on Cancer, and Deputy Director for Clinical Services of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. His address will focus on the Future of the Commission on Cancer and the Role of the Cancer Registrar


NCRA will dedicate one day of the annual conference to highlighting the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, Eighth Edition. This is the first national meeting focused solely on preparing registrars for the new staging system. Presenters will showcase what’s new and outline the differences between the seventh and eighth editions to ensure registrars are successful in making the transition. Download the Registration Brochure


Registration Options

Questions? Email or call 703-299-6640 ext. 311 or 320.


Conference and Workshop Cancellation

NCRA will accept cancellations and refund registration fees for cancellations received on or before March 3, 2017. Cancellations must be in writing. NCRA will refund the registration fees paid, less the $100 processing charge by April 30, 2017. No refunds will be made for any cancellation received after March 3, 2017. Substitutions are always accepted. See the Registration Brochure for more details.

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NCRA 2017 Annual Business Meeting Agenda

Friday, April 7, 2017

11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

1. Welcome and Call to Order


2. Adoption of the Credentials Report

3. Adoption of the Annual Business Meeting Standing Rules

4. Adoption of the Agenda

5. Report from the Minutes Approval Committee 2016

6. Appointment of the Minutes Approval Committee 2017

7. Announcement of Election Results

8. Treasurer’s Report

9. New Business

10. Adjourn



NCRA is offering several pre- and post-conference workshops. Titles and dates are noted below. Download the Registration Brochure for more details. 


- CDC-NPCR’s Quality Control Workshop and Training Workshop for the Education and Training Coordinators (invitation only)

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 4-5, 2017

- CTR Exam Prep: Hands-On Strategies for the Open-Book Section

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

- Fundamentals of Abstracting

Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8, 2017

- Cancer Informatics: Case Studies for the Cancer Registrar

Sunday, April 9, 2017

- NCI-SEER Advanced Topics for Registry Professionals

Sunday and Monday, April 9-10, 2017


Walk on Capitol Hill: Thursday, April 6, 2017

What could be more fitting when visiting Washington, DC, than to meet with your elected officials? Help Congress understand the value of our work! NCRA will arrange a meeting with your member of Congress for Thursday, April 6. We will provide materials to share with your member and train you on the most effective approaches for your meeting. This is a great opportunity to help advance the cancer registry profession and for your own professional development! NCRA will provide transportation to and from Capitol Hill and grant you electronic access to any educational sessions missed while at your meeting. This is a free event, but you must sign-up when you register for the conference. 


Need a Letter-of-Support to Attend NCRA 2017?

NCRA reaches out to administrators to support cancer registry staff attending its educational conference. This letter-of-support highlights the value and importance of attending the conference. We need your help in identifying who should receive this important letter on your behalf. Note: the letter is not limited to hospital facilities. Any NCRA member who feels they would benefit from such support (hospital, central, federal, service provider, vendor, etc.) is encouraged to provide contact information. NCRA will not share the contact information with other organizations, and NCRA will not mention your name in the communication. Provide contact information.


Hotel Reservations 

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD  20745


NCRA negotiated a single/double sleeping room rate of $226 with the resort fee waived! Room reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis until sell-out or March 3, 2017, whichever comes first. Make hotel reservations online or call 877-491-0468. To receive the special rate of $226, you must mention the “National Cancer Registrars Association” at the time of reservation. For federal and state government employees, please note that the NCRA-negotiated $226 rate is within the GSA government rate for the DC area. 


Air and Train Travel

The closest airport to the Gaylord National is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is serviced by all major airlines and is the recommended airport for the conference. There are two additional airports that service the Washington, DC, area: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport. Both airports, however, are an hour from the Gaylord National. For attendees arriving by Amtrak, the Alexandria, Virginia, station is a 15-minute taxi ride to/from Gaylord National.


Ground Transportation

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is a 15-minute drive from Reagan National airport and an hour drive from both Dulles and BWI airports. Super Shuttle Transportation is offering a discount to NCRA attendees. Book the shuttle online to/from the airport or call 800-258-3826 and mention discount code VHVX7. Reservations must be prepaid at least two hours in advance to receive the discount. Questions? Call 301-830-2594 or email Uber and Lyft services are also available from all area airports to the Gaylord National. 


Annual State Associations Basket Raffle

Beautiful baskets that are representative of their communities are created by the state associations and are raffled during the conference. If your state association is interested in participating, download the 2017 State Basket Sign-Up Sheet.


Volunteer Opportunities

NCRA needs volunteers to help with monitoring sessions, bag preparation, and business meeting assistance. Learn more and sign-up using the 2017 Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet.

Volunteer Training

Signed up to volunteer at Annual Conference?  Please review this training video to learn about your role as an educational session monitor and/or moderator.

Exhibit at NCRA 2017

NCRA has over 5,800 members dedicated to the cancer registry community, including registrars, administrators, researchers, publishers, software companies, staffing agencies, and data managers. Click here for a list of companies and organizations supporting NCRA by exhibiting at the conference. Interested in exhibiting? Download the 2017 Exhibitor Prospectus. Questions? E-mail Peggy Meehan.