|Medical Education/Survivors Teaching Students|
Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers for women, yet many survivors are diagnosed when the disease is advanced. To help educate future health professionals about this disease, OGCC/Rhonda’s Club, as a partner member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, offers a free educational program to health professional schools. Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® is proven to increase future health care professionals’ understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms and risk factors.
The goal of Survivors Teaching Students (STS) is for future physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants to be able to diagnose the disease when it is in its earliest, most treatable stages. This program brings ovarian cancer survivors into the classroom, where they present their unique stories along with facts about the disease. Students are able to talk with and learn from actual patients.
OGCC/Rhonda’s Club trains volunteer speakers several times a year to share their experiences with ovarian cancer. Every six to eight weeks panels of trained speakers organized by OGCC/Rhonda’s Club present their stories at George Washington, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins medical schools. We reach approximately 400 medical students every year with our important message.