Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®

With support from the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Eisai, Inc.

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers for women, yet many survivors are diagnosed when the disease is advanced. To help educate future health professionals about this disease, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance offers a free educational program to health professional schools. Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® is proven to increase future health care professionals’ understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms and risk factors.

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. 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 2012, the program educated 9,446 students, a 52% increase over the previous year.

Thanks to funding from the Entertainment Industry Foundation and other generous organizations, we are able to bring the program to schools around the country at no cost to the schools or the survivors involved.

Implementing the Program

To learn more about bringing the Survivors Teaching Students® program to your local health professional school, please contact the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance at (202) 331-1332 or email Susan Leighton at sleighton@ovariancancer.org.