Medical Education Initiatives
Educating the medical community – including practicing physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and residents and students – to achieve earlier diagnosis and better treatment for ovarian cancer is a critical component of our mission. These are the primary medical education initiatives of the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
Reaching Practicing Health Care Professionals
The Reaching Practicing Health Care Professionals program provides current information about ovarian cancer to practicing physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners with a focus on primary care professionals. This program pairs a gynecologic or medical oncologist with ovarian cancer survivors who deliver prepared talks in continuing education settings, including medical conferences and updates. MOCA also exhibits at physicians’, physician assistants’ and nurse practitioners’ conferences and updates.
For information about recent conferences, go to MOCA’s blog
The Reaching Residents program provides current information about ovarian cancer to physicians’, physician assistants’, and nurse practitioners’ residents, with a focus on primary care residents. This program is offered in a variety of formats to meet residents’ needs. Examples include a panel of ovarian cancer survivors, or pairing a gynecologic or medical oncologist with ovarian cancer survivors who deliver prepared talks in residents’ educational settings.
This MOCA initiative puts ovarian cancer survivors in front of future health care professionals in medical schools, nurse practitioners’, and physician assistants’ graduate programs. Typically the students are starting their obstetrics and gynecology clerkships or their gynecologic oncology studies and/or practicums. A panel of ovarian cancer survivors presents their stories and then takes questions from the students.
The Anita and Walter Lubov Fund provides funding for oncology nurses and physician assistants to attend educational conferences that will help them improve their care of women with ovarian cancer, increase their knowledge of the disease, and enable them to educate others about ovarian cancer.