The SGO Allied Health Professionals Workshop was held Dec. 5-6, 2015, gathering physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses who treat patients with gynecologic cancers for a unique workshop to discuss a variety of topics surrounding practice challenges. For the second year in a row, the Allied Workshop was located in Chicago at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University, 303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611.
This one and half day course offered advanced practice providers a collegial environment to discuss current issues in treating women with gynecologic cancers. Topics included oncofertility, hormone replacement therapy, complementary medicine, and inpatient and outpatient breakout sessions. This course is ideal for all newer and experienced members of women’s cancer care team.
Click here to view the Schedule of Events for the 2015 Allied Health Professionals Workshop.
Katie Elliott, MS, RN, WHNP-BC
Katie Elliott, MS, RN, WHNP-BC, is currently an inpatient Gynecologic Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her master’s degree in Nursing from Boston College. Prior to residing in Pittsburgh, she was also a member of the Divisions of Gynecologic Oncology at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has managed care of women with gynecologic malignancies in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and has also been involved in the education of both Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner students as a preceptor and lecturer. Katie is currently an Allied Health member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and had previously lectured on the utilization of PARP inhibitors and anti-angiogenesis therapy for the Allied Health group at the SGO Annual Meeting in 2014. She has also spoken on chemotherapy side effects at a Survivor’s Course for the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.
Kayla Bowser, PA-C
Kayla Bowser, PA-C, is a senior PA at the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and completed her master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies at Chatham University in 2008. During her tenure at the University of Pittsburgh, Kayla has served in multiple roles including first assistant in the operating room, participation in the inpatient and outpatient care of patients with gynecologic malignancies as well as management of patients on chemotherapy. Kayla has been actively involved in the in-patient and out-patient clinical education of both PAs and NPs that work within our division. She is also actively involved in community outreach and education through the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and through the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.
Jeff Lin, MD
Jeff Lin, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist at Bay Area Gynecologic Oncology in Fremont, CA. His family immigrated from Taiwan to suburban Los Angeles when he was in elementary school. Dr. Lin attended college and medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago and went on to obstetrics and gynecology residency at Cornell in New York, and finally received fellowship training in gynecologic oncology at Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. As a newly practicing physician, Dr. Lin has come to appreciate the time and resource constraints that force practitioners to focus on new and acute patients and is grateful that there are allied providers who help physicians guide cancer patients and survivors through their journey on a personal level.
The target audience for the Allied Workshop are the Gynecologic Oncologists and Allied Health Care professionals involved in the care of patients who have gynecologic cancers. Education highlights for the 2015 workshop included:
- Complementary Medicine
- Post-treatment Sexual Function
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Inpatient and Outpatient Breakout Session
- Tumor board session presenting case studies – a first for Allied!
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
SGO tentatively designates this educational activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ pending approval from the Allied Planning Committee.
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMAPRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 10.5 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)
This activity has been approved by the Oncology Nursing Society for approval to award contact hours. ONS is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.