Annual Report - 1996-1997
Critically important specialization training for tomorrow's leaders in cancer care and research is the key focus of M. D. Anderson's education mission.
Throughout the year, 164 fellows and residents sought training in disciplines ranging from medical oncology and surgical oncology to radiation oncology and pathology.
During the 1995-96 academic year, 133 physicians and scientists, many from outside the U.S., visited M. D. Anderson for periods of one month to a year to speak a common language of cancer expertise.
Additional training programs, continuing education offerings and conferences served nearly 30,000 participants and kept M. D. Anderson at the forefront of educational endeavors to address the cancer challenge. The 9th International Congress on Breast Diseases held in April was a prime example of such efforts. Two thousand physicians and scientists representing more than 60 countries gathered at the George R. Brown Convention Center to hear about some of the latest - and most controversial - work in br east cancer screening and treatment.
New technologies were especially useful in a variety of educational initiatives. Through distance learning technology that utilizes the Internet and video conferencing, M. D. Anderson's education programs span the globe, touching medical and scientific professionals who can receive state-of-the-art training and information without leaving home.
"We remain steadfast in our commitment to train new generations of oncologists, scientists and other health care professionals to advance our fight against cancer, and this year was no exception," said Dr. Richard Pazdur, director of educational programs for the Division of Medicine.
"Technology has not only enhanced our patient care and research activities, it has strengthened our ability to educate countless individuals here at M. D. Anderson or half-way around the world."
Technology also made its mark in M. D. Anderson's efforts to educate the public about cancer. An updated look for M. D. Anderson's home page enhanced the public's link to information on topics ranging from patient referral processes to employment opportunities. Some 24,000 "hits" occurred on the M. D. Anderson home page throughout the year.
Houston Chronicle Interactive, an on-line service of the major daily newspaper, featured a comprehensive "Breast Cancer Update" developed by M. D. Anderson to provide global access to information regarding innovative research and therapies, breast screening guidelines and questions to ask the doctor about a cancer diagnosis.
Another popular public education resource, the Cancer Information Service, celebrated its 20th anniversary at M. D. Anderson. A program of the National Cancer Institute, the CIS has answered nearly 390,000 calls. In 1996 alone, more than 1,800 calls we re answered each month, giving people accurate, up-to-date information with understanding.