Tumor Registrar, Bronson Cancer Pavilion

Bronson Healthcare Group


Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo, Michigan is a community-owned, not-for-profit health system that has been providing healthcare services since 1900. Today, with a workforce of more than 9,000 people and 1,400 medical staff members, it is the area’s largest employer and leading healthcare system. Bronson provides care in virtually every specialty and offers a full range of services from primary care to critical care at more than 60 locations.

Bronson’s exceptionally high quality standards enable us to do what’s right for our patients and their families. We are empowered as individuals and as teams, to apply our skills and experience so that every patient receives safe, timely and effective treatment. What’s more, our state-of-the-art, technology and evidence-based processes give us the tools we need to deliver the right care, at the right time.

By putting each patient and their family at the center of our work, we demonstrate the dignity and respect we have for each individual we serve. This unwavering commitment to serving others combined with our unique healing environment helps make the patient experience here an exceptional one. It also explains why Bronson provides nearly $100 million in community benefits each year. And, why in 2005, Bronson Methodist Hospital became only the sixth hospital in the U.S. to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Job Description:

Certified Tumor Registrars (CTR) are Oncology data information experts that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient. In addition, Bronson is accredited Commission on Cancer (CoC). Therefore, is required to adhere to the CoC Cancer Program Standards which include uniform coding as specified in the Standards for Oncology Registry Entry (STORE) manual.

These data provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. CTRs work with physicians, administrators, researchers and health care planners to provide support for cancer program development, ensure compliance of reporting standards, and serve as a valuable resource for cancer information with the ultimate goal of preventing and controlling cancer. CTRs are required to be proficient in coding data using the STORE coding, ICD-O coding, American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) staging, Collaborative staging, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) staging manuals as well multiple primary and histology coding manuals.

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology disease processes, surgical and radiation techniques, new chemotherapy and hormone drugs, through participation in continuing education programs to effectively apply ICD-O, AJCC, SEER, and STORE coding guidelines to inpatient and outpatient diagnoses and procedures.
  • Review all case finding resources to identify reportable cases and enter cases into suspense, such as ICD-10 disease indices, path reports, cytology reports, autopsy reports, dermatology office reports, ambulatory surgery reports, as relevant to their assigned facilities.
  • In addition, to coding topography, morphology, and stage of disease, CTRs also ensure adherence to data management protocols as set forth in state and national requirements, departmental standards and guidelines set forth by the Bronson Cancer Committee.
  • Abstract information from patients’ electronic and/or manual medical records according to the Commission on Cancer standards.
  • Consult with physicians, physician offices, and outside facilities to obtain incomplete information or clarify discrepant documentation.
  • Update first course and subsequent treatment information as needed.
  • Maintain the requisite 80% follow-up rate from the cancer registry reference date and 90% follow up rate on eligible cases diagnosed within the last five years per American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) standards, utilizing follow up letters, physician contact, outside facility contact, and if needed, patient contact.
  • Update cancer status, progression/recurrence, and cause of death to provide accurate survival information.
  • Prepares and electronically submits required reporting information to the Michigan Cancer Surveillance Program database and National Cancer Database (NCDB) in accordance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Meet productivity reporting and quality standards.
  • Work cooperatively to remedy errors to maintain abstracting accuracy goals and to ensure accuracy and integrity of database.
  • Participate in the development of the Cancer Registry Quality Control policies and procedures as identified as well as independently research and solve complex coding problems and assist with special projects as required.
  • Assist with American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) program preparation and Survey/Program -Activity Records responsibilities as required to meet accreditation, as needed.
  • Assist with cross coverage in daily registry activities as needed to ensure smooth work flow among individuals and as a team.
  • Mentor new cancer registry staff and assist with orientation.
  • Provide oversight for non-CTR team members and their work.
  • Identify operational, clinical quality, documentation and patient safety improvement opportunities and participate in improvement activities.
  • Complete necessary continuing education and participate in training as indicated.
  • Attend Oncology, and Registry staff meetings, and other sessions as requested.
  • Set and meet annual team and personal goal(s).

Required Qualifications:

Must possess a demonstrated knowledge of tumor registry functions, as normally obtained through an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree including at least two semesters of human anatomy and physiology and knowledge of medical terminology required OR completion of a National Cancer Registrars’ Association (NCRA) approved college level curriculum in cancer data management/cancer registry OR completion of the National Cancer Registrars’ Association (NCRA) AHIMA Cancer Registry Management (CRM) Program.

Certification by the National Cancer Registrars’ Association (NCRA) as Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR). If not currently certified, must attain CTR certification within three years of employment as required by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Instructions for Resume Submission:
Please submit resumes to Tara S. at SMITHTAR@bronsonhg.org. Applicants can also apply using the following link: