Cancer Survivorship Course for Primary Care Physicians

Stanford Team Launches an Online Course to Educate Physicians about Cancer Survivorship

We developed an online course that presents basic principles of cancer survivorship and is specifically targeted to meet the learning needs of primary care physicians. Drs. Stephanie Smith, Jennifer Kim and Lidia Schapira, in partnership with Stanford’s School of Medicine Ed-Tech team launched this course on April 8th 2020. It provides practical tips and tools that can be easily integrated into the scope of practice or primary care physicians who are essential partners in keeping cancer survivors healthy.

We learn that Amelia is a young adult survivor of childhood cancer, Seema is a postmenopausal woman with early stage breast cancer experiencing a gamut of distressing side-effects from antiestrogen therapy, Bob is a middle-aged man treated for HPV+ head and neck cancer struggling with symptoms many months after the end of his treatment, and Richard is a vibrant college professor who chose to be screened and treated for prostate cancer and was later faced with complications from his treatment.

This course raises awareness of the complex physical and psychosocial needs and concerns of the growing number of cancer survivors, and highlights the key role of primary care physicians in guiding them back to health, after cancer.

Materials include story-based videos for each case, printable reference guides for clinical care, communication, and resources, as well as additional optional cases for extended learning.

This self-paced online course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and is available for CME credit through the Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education.

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