APOS Launches Psychosocial Oncology Institute


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Deane L. Wolcott, MD, FAPOS

Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD, FAPOS

Matthew J. Loscalzo, LCSW, FAPOS

Joseph A. Greer, PhD

Sharla M. Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD

Stacy Flowers, PsyD

Scott Irwin, MD, PhD, FAPM, FAPA

Otis W. Brawley, MD

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) will launch the inaugural Psychosocial Oncology Institute on March 3, 2016, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California. Instructors for the full-day, interactive institute—leaders in the psychosocial oncology field—will teach core competencies in psychosocial oncology aimed at improving patient care in the oncology setting.

Psychosocial Oncology Institute sessions will include:

  • Biomedical Aspects of Cancer: An Overview for the Psychosocial Oncologist
    Deane L. Wolcott, MD, FAPOS
    Director, Oncology Supportive Care Services, Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
  • Psychosocial Screening and Assessment: Rationale, Recommendations, and Research
    Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD, FAPOS
    Associate Center Director for Population Science, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
  • Milestones and Touchstones in Psychosocial Oncology: The Science of Caring Comes of Age
    Matthew J. Loscalzo, LCSW, FAPOS
    Lilian Elkins Professor, Supportive Care Program, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Effects of Psychological Comorbidities in the Comprehensive Care of Patients With Cancer
    Joseph A. Greer, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Evidence-Based Psychosocial Oncology Interventions
    Sharla M. Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD
    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Stacy Flowers, PsyD
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • The Value of Psychosocial Oncology in Supportive, Cancer, and Palliative Care: Strengthening Meaning, Value, and Dignity in the Care Experience

    Scott Irwin, MD, PhD, FAPM, FAPA
    Director Supportive Care Services and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute

 

APOS encourages students, interns, fellows, early career professionals, and health-care professionals (nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, chaplains) switching their focus to oncology to participate in the Psychosocial Oncology Institute. Continuing education credits will be available for purchase.

APOS Annual Conference

Institute participants also may attend the APOS 13th Annual Conference at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina March 4–5, 2016, featuring a keynote address by Otis W. Brawley, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society. The conference, with the theme Psychosocial Cancer Care for All: Achieving Equity in Psychosocial Oncology, will offer scientific research and evidence-based clinical innovation aimed at addressing inequalities in access to psychosocial oncology care and differences in the quality of treatment and treatment outcomes among minorities.

Ethnic, cultural, and racial minorities comprise approximately 41% of the U.S. population, represent about 20% of cancer survivors, have unfavorable health outcomes, suffer greater cancer psychosocial burden, and are underserved and underrepresented in research and practice as participants, providers, and researchers. ■



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