Medical Education Initiatives

MOCA’s Medical Education programs educate the health care community to achieve earlier diagnosis and better treatment for ovarian cancer.

Medical Education Initiatives

Educating the medical community – including practicing physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, 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 physician, physician assistant and nurse practitioner conferences and updates.

Reaching Residents

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.

Survivors Teaching Students®

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.

Oncology Nurses’ and Physician Assistants’ Scholarship

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.

Pederson Nursing Scholarship

Each year, MOCA awards the Pederson Nursing Scholarship in memory of Janet Pederson who passed away of ovarian cancer at age 62 on May 16, 2015 at her home in Rush City, MN.

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an oncology nurse who works at the University of Minnesota on Floor 7C and provides care to women with ovarian cancer. The scholarship is intended to support continuing education costs.

This year, the scholarship will be presented on November 14, 2017 at MOCA’s Annual Awards Night. Letters of interest will be accepted through October 9.  Interested applicants are encouraged to email kgavin@mnovarian.org