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Family Medicine Survivorship Rotation

Goal

To educate Family Medicine residents about managing the care of cancer survivors, equipping them to provide appropriate care for cancer survivors in their practices.

Download the Family Medicine Survivorship Rotation flyer (pdf).

Objectives 

To provide Family Medicine residents with knowledge of cancer survivors’ care needs, including:

  • Surveillance for recurrence
  • Prevention of new cancers, screening for second primaries
  • Intervention for late and long-term effects of treatment (including lymphedema, sexual dysfunction, pain, symptom management), palliative/ end-of-life care
  • Quality of life (including psychological distress and spiritual, financial, legal issues)

Who can participate?

Second and third year Family Medicine residents from accredited programs

Where is the rotation held?

On-site at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

How long is the rotation?

  • Four weeks
  • Longer-term experience available at program director’s discretion

Curriculum

Within certain parameters, we can design the program to meet each resident’s learning objectives and home program requirements:

Core Components

  • Gynecologic Oncology Survivorship Clinic
  • Thyroid Survivorship Clinic
  • Breast Survivorship Clinic
  • Genitourinary Survivorship Clinic
  • Other Survivorship Clinics
  • Symptom Management/Palliative Care
  • Cancer Prevention Center (includes Tobacco Cessation)
  • Emergency Center
  • Communication Skills Training

Electives

  • Cardiology
  • Pediatric Long-Term Survivors’ Clinic
  • Endocrine
  • Radiation Late Effects
  • Lymphedema Clinic
  • Fatigue Clinic
  • Reproductive Health Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Nutrition
  • Spirituality/Chaplaincy

What’s the format?

  • Clinical experiences supplemented by informal lectures, conferences and self-paced study of current journal articles and Web-based materials
  • Residents rotate through various clinical areas to gain training about:
    • Surveillance for recurrence
    • Preventive services and psychosocial guidelines for maintaining survivors’ health and well-being
    • Identifying and managing late effects of cancer and its treatment arising in the family practice setting
    • Quality of life

Program Director

Lewis E. Foxhall, M.D., board certified in Family Medicine, serves as MD Anderson’s vice president for health policy. Dr. Foxhall has provided leadership and guidance for the existing Family Medicine rotation for more than a decade. He serves as an institutional representative facilitating comprehensive cancer control programs with numerous external organizations. Dr. Foxhall is an advocate for community-based cancer prevention and early detection, as well as improved access and quality of care for underserved populations.

Contact Us

For information, contact Cindy Shursen by phone at 713-563-2462 or by email at cshursen@mdanderson.org.


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