The Center for Breast Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center in
Dallas and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation have teamed up
to offer a new 1-year fellowship for physicians interested in the
multidisciplinary care of breast cancer patients.
This program was designed to provide the physician with an in-depth
understanding of the entire scope of a breast-cancer patients
treatment. It places special emphasis on refining physicians
skills in counseling and discussing such topics as quality-of-life
and end-of-life issues.
Treating the Whole Patient
"We are delighted to join the Komen Foundation and offer a
fellowship that specifically addresses the needs of physicians in
treating breast cancer patients comprehensively," said Dr.
George Peters, executive director of the Center for Breast Care and
holder of the
Marilyn R. Corrigan Distinguished Chair in Breast Cancer Surgery.
"This fellowship has the potential to set a new standard for
multidisciplinary breast care," said Elda Railey, director of
national grants. "Through this program, the fellows will broaden
their understanding of all the treatment issues faced by breast
cancer patients. The program also provides education in genetics and
the diseases effects on a patients daily life and family.
It is a comprehensive approach to training in todays world of specialization."
Fellows will be instructed in pathology, plastic surgery, and medical
oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, surgery, genetics, and
psychiatry/psychology at UT Southwestern. They will also spend 1 day
a month at the Komen Foundation headquarters developing their
communication skills. Successful candidates must hold an md or
equivalent degree and be board-eligible or board-certified in one of
the above areas.