The SGO Allied Health Professionals Workshop was held Dec. 3-4, 2016, 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. This year’s workshop is located in Chicago at the American College of Surgeons building (633 N. St. Clair St., 28th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611).
Experts in the field of gynecologic oncology led the one-and-a-half-day educational and networking workshop designed to address the following topics:
• State of the Subspecialty
• Hormone replacement therapy and fertility preservation
• Specialized RN content
• Post-operative care
• Chemotherapy and targeted therapies
• Interactive session – tumor board
• Networking luncheon and reception
Click here to view the Schedule of Events for the 2016 Allied Health Professionals Workshop.
Allison Asante, RPA-C
Allison Asante, RPA-C, is a Physician Assistant (PA) in Gynecologic Oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital. In this role, she provides both inpatient and outpatient care, serves as an investigator on all active trials, and assists with robotic surgeries. Her primary interests include maintaining quality of life during active treatment, survivorship care and cervical dysplasia. Previously, she was the outpatient PA at Columbia University Medical Center’s Division of Gynecologic Oncology where she focused on managing patients on active treatment. In addition, she created, developed, and managed their Survivorship Program. She also managed a High Risk Cervical Dysplasia Clinic in which she trained resident physicians. She is in her first year serving on the SGO Membership Committee. She is also active in the Membership and Education Committees for ASCCP.
Cynae Johnson, DNP, WHNP-BC, OCN
Cynae Johnson, DNP, WHNP-BC, OCN, has over 8 years in gynecologic oncology nursing experience and holds a certification in oncology nursing. She has been instrumental in advocating for the advancement of women’s cancer care and helped to launch the first gynecologic survivorship care program at Johns Hopkins, which she served as director for 2 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She recently received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing with an emphasis in oncology. She has a passion for providing care to cancer survivors and her primary interests include: the psychosocial effects of cancer, survivorship, and quality of life.
Education Committee Liaison: Rebecca A. Brooks, MD
Gynecologic oncologist Rebecca A. Brooks, MD, is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Chicago Medicine. She is an expert in the medical and surgical care of women with uterine, ovarian, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers. Dr. Brooks is highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic malignancies, in addition to the maintenance of quality of life for survivors. She also offers specialized care for women with complex benign gynecologic diseases. Her most recent research focuses on genetic differences that influence the risk of metastatic disease in women with endometrial cancer, and metastases in general. Dr. Brooks was awarded a grant by the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) for this work, and has presented her findings at several national meetings. Her other recent research involves the influence of medical comorbidities on treatment tolerance, cancer outcomes, and resource allocation.
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.