In Events, Survivors

STEFANIE GLINIANY

In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA’s Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany writes about how MOCA is getting creative to educate future health care providers.

One of MOCA’s missions is to educate the health care community about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, so more women can be diagnosed earlier. One way we do this is through MOCA’s Survivors Teaching Students® or STS® program. When classes moved online, so did STS®!

This program brings ovarian cancer survivors into nursing and medical programs to educate future health care providers about ovarian cancer by sharing stories of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, along with facts about the disease. MOCA is thankful to be able to continue this program virtually at this time.

A medical student at Mayo shared this note with us after taking part in a recent, virtual STS® session.  “It changed my perspective completely. I did not know how often it goes undetected or how late the stage is, at diagnosis. I realized the importance to inform my patients and to ask the questions when necessary. I learned to never overlook the possibility of ovarian cancer. “

It is so rewarding for our survivors to know their messages are making a difference. We’re proud to be able to continue STS® and provide this valuable experience to future health care providers.