BIOMS 5665 (#3715)
Our annual class that connects students and community members begins on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The official title is “Community-Based Cancer Research Presentations and Discussion (BIOMS5665 – #3715). Here’s a link for more information and photos from past classes.
Community members do NOT need to register. Just show up for the sessions that interest you. (Every Wednesday, 5:15 – 6:30, Vet School Classroom 6). We especially encourage community members to attend the first session (Jan. 22) for our version of speed-dating. Community members remain stationary at desks and students rotate around the room to connect briefly with everyone. We want to expose students to people (patients and family members) affected by a variety of cancers.
Some class sessions will focus on student presentations, giving them the opportunity to explain the science of cancer in lay language. A full schedule will be available soon.
Several sessions will feature guest speakers. Here’s a tentative lineup:
2/12 Hannah Potts, NP The practical side of cancer therapies: understanding the nurse’s role, patient education, and symptom management
2/26 Neil Iyenger, MD Energy Balance and Cancer
3/11 Lee Humphreys, PhD Social media, self-representations, and health
3/25 Amelia Greiner Sofi, PhD Multi-level influences, health disparities and cancer: Applying a public health lens
4/8 Guy Maytal, MD Please Make it OK: Anxiety in the Life of Cancer Patients.
4/15 Kristy Brown, PhD Obesity & Breast Cancer: what the science has taught us and where it’s taking us
Livestreaming: This year, we hope to live-stream the presentations by guest speakers so our friends from Rochester and elsewhere can tune in. For login access, send an email to Bob Riter.
Book vote: Our tradition is to hold a book discussion at the last class session of the semester. We’re considering two very different books this year, so we’ve decided to have participants vote on which one to read. The first book is a classic – Death be Not Proud – by John Gunther. Originally published in 1949, it’s an account of the author’s teenage son’s experience with brain cancer. It will highlight how cancer treatment has changed over the past 70 years, family dynamics, alternative cancer care, and many other themes. The second book is The First Cell: And the human cost of pushing cancer to the last by Azra Raza. It was just published in Oct. 2019 and has received terrific reviews. Which one would you want to read? You can vote here. (Only vote if there’s a chance that you’ll be involved in the class).
Article you should read: Marin Langlieb, an undergrad student just had an article published in Academic Medicine that highlights her participation in the class. It’s terrific. The Death and Birth of a Physician
There’s also a twitter feed that highlights news that we think will be of interest to cancer researchers and the patient community.
We”ll continue to add new content. In particular, we want to add profiles of many of our participants – both trainees and community members.