According to the American Cancer Society, much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by increasing efforts to utilize established screening tests and improve lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity. Nearly every person in the United States is affected in one way or another by cancer – whether it is through obtaining preventative cancer screening, supporting a loved one who has cancer, or coping with a personal cancer diagnosis and the treatment that follows. Health care providers have a unique and powerful role in shaping the cancer experience from initial screening through treatment and follow-up care.
Des Moines University has partnered with the American Cancer Society, Iowa Cancer Consortium, John Stoddard Cancer Center, Mercy Cancer Center – Des Moines, and Iowa Department of Public Health to earn grant funding for cancer screening tools and the integration of palliative care into the treatment process. The partnerships focus on connecting health care providers with screening and surveillance guidelines, up-to-date and high-quality screening methods, professional and effective communication skills, and palliative care resources. Two of the many goals of these long-term partnerships are to improve patient-centered communication and reach a colorectal cancer screening rate of 80% in Iowa by 2018.
The partnerships align with the DMU CME mission to, “improve lives in our global community by educating diverse groups of highly competent and compassionate health professionals.” Several educational opportunities have already been scheduled for 2015 and 2016. Be sure to check the CME event calendar for updates and additional activities that may be of interest to you!
· October 23; Friday Research Seminar Series; Richard Wender, MD, Chief Cancer Control Officer, American Cancer Society
· October 28; Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic; documentary and panel discussion
· December 3; DMU Grand Rounds: Prediabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program; Erin Hinderaker, MS, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian, Des Moines University and Katie Jones, MPH, CHES, Diabetes Primary Prevention Coordinator, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, Iowa Department of Public Health
· March 3; DMU Grand Rounds: Hospice and Palliative Care; Charles F. Von Gunten, MD, PhD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospice and Palliative Management; OhioHealth Kobacker House
· May 5; DMU Grand Rounds: Colorectal Cancer; American Cancer Society and Iowa Department of Public Health