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.