UMHS launches website to educate physicians on new breast density law

June 19, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Clinical Training, Our Employees,

On June 1, the Michigan Breast Density Notification Law went into effect, which requires radiologists to notify a woman and her primary care physician should dense breast tissue be identified on her mammogram.

In addition to raising a woman’s awareness, the law suggests that the information be discussed with their health care provider to decide if supplemental imaging, in addition to their mammogram, should be considered based on their individual risk.

The U-M Medical School Office of Continuous Professional Development and the Department of Learning Health Sciences received a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to create an educational program for primary care providers throughout the state.

The comprehensive online program is available at

The project was led by Cheryl Lee, M.D., professor, Department of Urology and director of the Office of Continuous Professional Development; Renee Pinsky, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Radiology; and Caren M. Stalburg, M.D., M.A., chief of the Division of Professional Education in the Department of Learning Health Sciences and clinical assistant professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The goal of the site is to familiarize PCP’s around the state regarding the new law as well as the updated screening guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer created by the Michigan Cancer Consortium. As part of the educational materials on the site, there are six modules for which physicians have the opportunity to receive CME credit. This gives providers the ability to better counsel and educate their patients about what breast density means for them.

The modules will cover:

  • Additional information on breast density
  • Breast cancer screening guidelines
  • Risk assessment and patient counseling
  • Supplemental screening
  • Educational materials
  • Online resources for providers

For more information on this educational effort, please visit