Recap – Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Regional Conference


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Recap – Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

Cancer Registrars Regional Conference

The Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Regional Meeting was held in Williamsburg, VA, October 11th and 12th 2018.  As you can imagine, the meeting had an agenda packed with 2018 updates, AJCC 8th edition staging, grade and SSDI education.

In a profession that is changing right before our eyes, we appreciate any and all of the education we can get.  With every meeting, webinar, presentation we listen to, we learn something new and valuable. All of the presentations included in this year’s conference were great, but there is one that really stuck out. It was completely unrelated to the 2018 changes and very refreshing.  

This specific presentation was an eye opener to the fact that there is a leader in every one of us and we can all be an influencer whether it is related to our personal or professional life.  Some of the major talking points from the presentation are outlined below and some very meaningful quotes included in the presentation.

Hopefully this information will empower you to be an influencer in your own life.

“The Science of Leadership and Becoming an Influencer”

Presented by:  Aaron D. Bleznak, MD,MBA, FACS.

  • It takes 10,000 hours of practice to be better at any task.
  • To improve as a leader:
    • Be authentic
    • Be passionate about the “why”
    • Be resilient
    • Be hungry to improve
  • Conflict is….any situation in which your concerns or desires differs from those of other people.
  • 5 conflict handling modes.  Don’t overuse or underuse any of these modes.  You need to be able to use every one. It is a true balancing act:
    • Competing
    • Collaborating
    • Compromising
    • Avoiding
    • Accommodating

“Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional” – Max Luca

  • Conflict Resolution:
    • Take the highroad
    • In times of conflict, go back to values
    • Find new ways
    • When you find yourself disagreeing, listen harder

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.  But if you listen, you may learn something new” – Dalai Lama

  • Leading Change:
    • Create Urgency
    • Form a powerful coalition
    • Create a vision for change
    • Communicate the vision
    • Remove obstacles
    • Create short term wins
    • Build on the change
    • Anchor the changes

“It’s not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent but the ones most responsive to change” – Charles Darwin

Registry Partners enjoyed exhibiting at this year’s conference and would like to extend a special Congratulations to Beverly Martin, RHIT, CTR (pictured below) from Novant Health System on being our lucky winner of a $50 Visa Gift Card.  

L to R: Erica Sabatini (Registry Partners) and Beverly Martin

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