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Job Summary

Cancer Registrar – abstracting position provides technical duties to accession, abstract, follow-up, analysis and reporting cancer related diagnoses.  In addition, this individual is responsible for assuring the confidentiality, accuracy and timeliness of all cancer related health information encountered.  Maintains open communication with all clinic areas as well as handles correspondence from other registries and agencies on patient diagnosis, treatment and follow- up information.


  • Abstracting
    • Abstracts all new cancer diagnoses and/or other reportable neoplasms
    • Review electronic medical record (MiChart – EPIC)
    • Inputs all required data elements into the cancer registry database (Elekta – Metriq)
    • Uses criteria established by the Michigan Cancer Surveillance Program (MCSP) and the American College of Surgeons – Commission on Cancer (ACoS-CoC)
  • Meetings
    • Attend departmental meetings
    • Meet departmental quality and quantity standards for work performance
    • Expand job-related knowledge and skills by attending and participating in in-service and staff meetings
    • Continued ongoing learning and use of additional references to assure accuracy in decision making
    • Work and communicate effectively with co-workers, physicians, administration and others, when applicable to accomplish organizational goals
    • Perform other duties as assigned in order to maintain efficiency of the unit
  • Credentials
    • Maintain professional credentials
      • Associate degree i.e. (RHIT) Registered Health Information Technologist
      • Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR)
      • Attend one educational session annually required by the CoC
  • Participate in Cancer Registry department meetings to effectively discuss, resolve or interpret complicated registry functions to maintain consistency and continuity
    • Shares knowledge with others
    • Assist in achieving departmental and area specific goals
  • Credentials
    • Maintain professional credentials
      • Associate degree i.e. (RHIT) Registered Health Information Technologist
      • Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR)
    • Assure that all legal requirements, including Federal (HIPAA) and State regulations are met
    • Demonstrates an awareness of legal/confidentiality issues and adheres to all HIPAA Privacy and Security, Organizational and Departmental Policies and Procedures
    • Perform all duties as assigned
    • Participates in development and attainment of departmental and workgroup goals

Supervision Received

General supervision is received from the Cancer Center Registrar Manage

Required Qualifications*

  • Extensive Knowledge / Experience
    • Cancer Registry operations – extensive
      • ICD-O-3
      • AJCC Staging manual
      • Commission on Cancer – FORDs manual
      • Collaborative Staging manual
      • Multiple Primary and Histology Rules
      • Hematopoietic Data Base
      • SEER Rx Data Base
      • SEER Inquiry System
      • CA Forum
      • Other registry related resources
    • Cancer Registry software (Metriq) system
    • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
    • Standard office equipment
  • Skills
    • Demonstrates effective communication methods and skills, both verbally and in writing
    • Demonstrates strong organizational skills/priority setting skills to complete work timely and accurately while managing several tasks
    • Strong managerial, leadership and interpersonal skills
    • Practices effective problem identification and resolution skills as a method of sound decision making
    • Demonstrates interpersonal skills required to work with many other people and personalities
    • Ability to lead or direct cancer registry staff effectively
  • Abilities
    • Requires the ability to use sound judgment, based upon the latest guidelines, federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as hospital and departmental policies
    • Continued growth in many areas
    • Ability to sit and look at computer screen for long periods of time
    • To use a computer, mouse, learn different software applications and references required to complete the job tasks
    • Be flexible to adjust assignments as priorities change
  • Education
    • Required – Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR)
    • Associates Degree with experience in all aspects of cancer registry operations and cancer program standards
    • RHIT or RHIA with CTR – preferred
  • Experience
    • Minimum of 5 years work experience in a cancer registry
    • Extensive knowledge and experience case-finding, accessioning, abstracting, follow up processes, analysis and reporting cancer related diagnoses

Must be able to tolerate working under stress, limited time constraints and with frequent interruptions and deadlines

Work Locations

Work Location

  •  UM Health System – Cancer Registry Department (offsite)
  • Remote

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.