The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) will launch the inaugural Psychosocial Oncology Institute on March 3, 2016, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California. Instructors for the full-day, interactive institute—leaders in the psychosocial oncology field—will teach core competencies in psychosocial oncology aimed at improving patient care in the oncology setting.
Psychosocial Oncology Institute sessions will include:
APOS encourages students, interns, fellows, early career professionals, and health-care professionals (nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, chaplains) switching their focus to oncology to participate in the Psychosocial Oncology Institute. Continuing education credits will be available for purchase.
APOS Annual Conference
Institute participants also may attend the APOS 13th Annual Conference at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina March 4–5, 2016, featuring a keynote address by Otis W. Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society. The conference, with the theme Psychosocial Cancer Care for All: Achieving Equity in Psychosocial Oncology, will offer scientific research and evidence-based clinical innovation aimed at addressing inequalities in access to psychosocial oncology care and differences in the quality of treatment and treatment outcomes among minorities.
Ethnic, cultural, and racial minorities comprise approximately 41% of the U.S. population, represent about 20% of cancer survivors, have unfavorable health outcomes, suffer greater cancer psychosocial burden, and are underserved and underrepresented in research and practice as participants, providers, and researchers. ■