This program — the first structured communications initiative at a comprehensive cancer center — is designed to find the most effective and lasting way to train surgeons, oncologists, and others to communicate in a sensitive and productive manner. This initiative is also the only one of its kind to have a dedicated staff of facilitators and dedicated laboratory space, which includes a classroom and six video-recording training rooms equipped with appropriate state-of-the-art technology.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center recognizes the need to provide physicians at all stages of their careers with reinforcement and training specifically tailored to serve oncology patients with different diagnoses. The training component is tailored for fellows and residents undertaking an oncology training program, as well as to targeted disease management teams, such as those for breast and gynecologic cancers, which have already begun to address communication issues. Participants include:
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Attendings, Fellows, & Residents
- Attendings practicing at other institutions throughout US
While our curriculum has been developed for cancer care, it is readily adapted to Hospice and those treating AIDS and other chronic and life-threatening diseases.