Education in Oncology

Integrative Oncology

University of Michigan Medical School Launches Integrative Oncology Scholars Program

Jo Cavallo  / November 25, 2017

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Medical School in Ann Arbor recently received a $1,167,943 5-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to launch the Integrative Oncology Scholars Program. The goal of the program is to teach oncology health-care providers how to evaluate the scientific evidence of the...

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Initiating the Topic of Weight and Health With Patients With Obesity

Jo Cavallo  / September 10, 2017

Rates of obesity have been steadily rising over the past 3 decades in both adults and children. Today, more than one-third of American adults and about 17% of children and adolescents, ages 6 to 19, have obesity.1 Cancer rates have risen in tandem with obesity rates, making obesity the second greate...

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FDA Pilot Program Aims to Encourage Students to Pursue STEM Careers

Richard Pazdur, MD  / September 10, 2017

When I was in high school, I spent summers working as a restaurant dishwasher, grocery store stock boy, and gardener in northwest Indiana. The idea of spending those weeks learning about science and medicine would not have been an option for me at that time. Yet it is precisely those students w...

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Overcoming Sexism in Academic Medicine

Jo Cavallo  / July 10, 2017

The troubling results from a survey1 investigating the sexual harassment and discrimination experiences of academic medical faculty show that such incidents continue to happen with unexpected frequency despite increasing awareness of the problem. The study by Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, and collea...

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Addressing Discrimination and Bias in Medical Education

Jo Cavallo  / January 25, 2017

“As a medical student, I often felt marginalized from my medical community. I have been told that my name is ‘not American,’ fallen prey to being confused for support staff such as a janitor (even while wearing my white coat) and been asked questions like, ‘Where are you really from?’...

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Faculty Development in Oncology: Advancing the Field by Optimizing Opportunities for Educators to Learn and Grow

Jo Cavallo  / December 10, 2016

In 2015, Janet Riddle, MD, and her colleagues published an article1 outlining 12 key themes for delineating how fellowship programs in medical education should be developed (See “12 Tips for Developing Successful Fellowship Programs for Medical Educators,” below.) The ASCO Post talked with Dr....

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Mastery Learning: A New Paradigm for Oncology Medical Education?

Jo Cavallo  / September 10, 2016

According to William C. McGaghie, PhD, Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, the principles of today’s clinical medical education are rooted in a 19th century model that is no longer usefu...

Using Simulation-Based Training to Improve the Procedural Skills of Oncology/Hematology Fellows

Jo Cavallo  / July 25, 2016

Simulation-based education in medicine programs implemented in cancer centers for oncology/hematology fellows recreates real-world patient experiences and provides a safe—and stress-free—learning environment in which trainees can enhance their clinical and procedural skills in a varie...

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How to Help Mentees Succeed

Jo Cavallo  / December 25, 2015

Although formal mentoring programs in medical education were not launched in the United States until the late 1990s,1 today they are regarded as playing an essential role in the career development of medical trainees and have been associated with improvements in research, teaching, and patient care....

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