Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®
Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers for women, often because many are diagnosed when the disease is advanced. The goal of Survivors Teaching Students® is for future physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants to diagnose the disease when it is in its earlier, most treatable stages. This nationwide program, developed by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) brings ovarian cancer survivors into 259 health professional schools, where more than 800 volunteers present their unique stories along with facts about the disease. Each year 11,100 students are able to talk with and learn from actual patients. Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® is proven to increase future health care professionals’ understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms and risk factors.
As a community partner of OCRFA, OGCC/Rhonda’s Club offers this free educational program to medical students at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins medical schools. OGCC/Rhonda’s Club trains volunteer speakers to share their experiences with ovarian cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival. We reach approximately 300 medical students every year with our important message.
To read about Rhonda’s Club Survivors Teaching Students class at Georgetown Medical School, go to: https://gumc.georgetown.edu/magazine/2016/on-campus/patients-as-teachers
Training Student Nurses
We also meet with nursing students to discuss good nursing practices for gynecologic oncology nurses, including managing side effects of chemotherapy and how to talk to patients.