Survivors Teaching Students

Survivors Teaching Students

The goal of Survivors Teaching Students is for future physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and physician assistants to be able to diagnose the disease when it is in its earlier, most treatable stages.


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This program brings ovarian cancer survivors into the classroom, where they present their unique stories along with facts about the disease. Students are able to interact with and learn from actual patients.

Survivors Teaching Students is offered in 82 medical schools, 7 nurse practitioner programs, 13 physician assistant programs, 50 nursing schools and 6 other allied health professional schools across 29 states in the USA. In 2012, the program educated 9,446 students, a 52 percent increase over the previous year1.


1Interventions mentioned in research priorities identified by James Lind Alliance patient–clinician Priority Setting Partnerships and in registered trials, 2003–12 

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