Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® is educating a generation of health professionals to recognize the signs of ovarian cancer.

Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®

With support from the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Vermillion and the Rosenthal Family Foundation

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 88 medical schools, 55 nursing schools, 5 Nurse Practitioner schools, 16 Physician Assistant schools, 7 allied health programs, 31 states and DC, Virgin Islands, UK and Canada.  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.  Click here to see a list of participating schools.


Schedule an STS® presentation for your school.

The STS® program is offered free of charge to health professional schools throughout the United States.

Volunteer as an STS® presenter.

Would you like to share your ovarian cancer story and educate the next generation of health providers about this disease? We provide free training to survivors who join the STS® program.

Contact Susan Leighton, National Program Director, at to connect with an STS® program near you.

To access the STS Toolkit click here.