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Thanks to all those that supported the IPOS Training Academy in Maputo, Mozambique, November 3-4, 2019. We are pleased to report it was a great success!
Some key highlights to report:
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2019 IPOS Academy in Maputo, Mozambique
Overall Goal: To train attendees on best-practices around communication in African oncology settings
IPOS has developed, in close partnership with our colleagues in Africa and in collaboration with AORTIC, an Academy on the theme of Optimizing Communication in African Oncology Settings. The goal of this Academy is to train attendees on evidence-based practices around communication to reduce suffering and social stigma as main barriers to early detection and treatment of cancer in African oncology settings. The Academy will use a combination of didactic seminars, hands-on training exercises, and roundtable discussions, in which participants will be encouraged to discuss knowledge translation as it relates to public policy, research, clinical, and training, as well as outline needs for collaboration in these areas (see preliminary program attached).
We are accepting applications from health care professionals working in direct contact with cancer patients in Mozambique and in neighbouring countries, to attend the 2019 IPOS Academy in Maputo, Mozambique. Fees for the Academy will be waived, and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Kindly send your CV to [email protected], accompanied by a completed and signed checklist.
IPOS is the sole multidisciplinary international charitable organization devoted to psycho-oncology, leading in education, research, training, public policy, and advocacy. In 2014, IPOS celebrated its 30th anniversary and began a partnership with the World Health Organization. Part of our mandate is to build capacity for cancer care in low- and low-middle income countries including in Africa. IPOS includes 100+ member countries from 6 continents.
Full eligibility criteria for the application (please note that all criteria must be met):
HOW TO SUBMIT THE APPLICATION?
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application is complete. Incomplete applications or handwritten applications will be automatically withdrawn from the contest without notice. Applications will only be accepted if they are received at your earliest convenience before September 20, 2019 to the following e-mail address: [email protected]. Applications must include the checklist and a five-page Curriculum Vitae for the applicant.
IPOS Academy – Maputo, Mozambique
IPOS holds non-state actor status with the World Health Organization (WHO)
Theme: Optimizing Doctor-Patient Communication in African Oncology Settings
Overall Goal: Train attendees on evidence-based practices around communication to reduce suffering and social stigma as main barriers to early detection and treatment of cancer in African oncology settings.
Methods: The Academy will use a combination of didactic seminars and roundtable discussions, in which participants will be encouraged to discuss knowledge translation of communication skills as it relates to public policy, research, clinical, and training, as well as outline needs for collaboration in these areas.
Opening Comments from Co-Chairs Dr. Melissa Henry and Dr. Chioma Asuzu and distinguished representatives
Importance of communication and screening for distress
Barriers around communicating bad news to patients and families in African oncology settings: Results of a World Café and pan-African survey indicating similarities with barriers to prevention and the need for concerted strategic planning (Dr. Melissa Henry, Montreal, Canada; Dr. David Lounsbury, New York, USA)
A family-systems approach to communication and how to communicate with children in an age-appropriate way (Dr. Chioma Asuzu, Nigeria; Dr. Luzia Travado, Lisbon, Portugal)
The importance of family-centered communication in the context of African medical oncology practice: A palliative care physician’s perspective (Dr. Christian Ntizimira, Kigali, Rwanda)
Evidenced-based strategies to address beliefs/stigma: A literature review and model
Round table discussion – World Café discussion on addressing knowledge, beliefs, and stigma to reduce delayed presentation and treatment onset in Africa. Goal: Initiate a discussion on structural and public health changes required in Africa and the role of IPOS and Association of Psycho-Oncology in Africa (APOA) (Drs. Scott and Sharon Nichols, California, USA; Phillip Odiyo, Kenya; Dr. Chioma Asuzu, Nigeria; Dr. Melissa Henry, Canada).
Closing remarks for Day 1
Day 2: Doctor-Patient Communication Skills Training Day – featuring Dr. Patricia Parker and Dr. Smita Banerjee, Communication Skills Training and Research Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York; and Dr. Luzia Travado, Champalimaud Clinical Center, Lisbon, Portugal
Effective communication is essential for the optimal delivery of healthcare services. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has developed an evidence-based, robust program in communication skills training with a mission “to work in partnership with clinicians of all disciplines to improve communication with cancer patients and their families, and thus enhance overall adaptation to the illness.” The overall objective of the Communication Skills Training and Research Laboratory is to develop, evaluate and disseminate communication skills interventions (The Comskil Training Program) for health care professionals and patients to communicate more effectively. The Comskil Training Program provides a unique training opportunity with a dedicated staff of communication skills facilitators, standardized patient actors, and customized laboratory space including training rooms equipped with video recording and playback equipment. Training modules have been developed to address high priority communication challenges in the oncology setting such as Shared Decision Making, Introducing Palliative Care, and Discussing End-of-Life Goals of Care. The training program relies on a multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of communication skills training, with more than 90 trained facilitators at the institution. The Comskil Training Program is taught to oncology attending physicians, fellows, residents, nurses and nurse practitioners. Since the inception of the Comskil training program in 2005, more than 4,000 oncology health care providers have participated in this program.
Opening Comments from Co-Chairs Dr. Melissa Henry and Dr. Chioma Asuzu
Introduction to the Comskil Conceptual Model
Shared Decision Making (SDM) Didactic
SDM Fishbowl/Role Play
Responding to Patient Anger Didactic
Responding to Patient Anger Fishbowl/Role Play
Discussing Death, Dying and End of Life Goals of Care Didactic – In Africa 80% of cancers are diagnosed in advanced stage
Discussing Death, Dying and End of Life Goals of Care Fishbowl/Role Play
Debrief and Discussion.
Closing remarks for Day 2 (speaker)
The OFFICIAL IPOS Journal
July 2019 – Volume 1 – Issue 1
Editor-in-Chief: Dr Linda E. Carlson and Dr Brian Kelly
View the latest issue by going to https://journals.lww.com/jporp/pages/default.aspx
To learn more about the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research & Practice, please visit About the Journal - https://www.editorialmanager.com/jporp/default.aspx
The Journal is open for submissions; please click here to submit your paper - https://www.editorialmanager.com/jporp/default.aspx
To learn more about submitting articles, please visit the Instructions to Authors - http://edmgr.ovid.com/jporp/accounts/ifauth.htm
The APCs for Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice are $1,000 USD ($800 for current IPOS members) for Tier 1 manuscripts (original articles, reviews, and guidelines) and $500 USD ($400 for current IPOS members) for Tier 2 papers (Case Reports, Editorials, and Letters to the Editor). Discounted APCs are available for members of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) where both the first and last authors are verified members at the time of submission.
You are being invited to participate in this brief on-line (digital) 15-minutes survey if you are a physician or nurse delivering care to cancer patients in an African hospital or clinic. Your participation will help inform guidelines on how to improve delivering a cancer diagnosis and other serious news to patients and family members in Africa.
You will find the 15-minute survey on the following website: https://redcap.ric.einstein.yu.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=H8JYLA3PX9
We thank you for your valuable collaboration! Apart from completing the questionnaire, we ask that you forward it to all of your colleagues physicians and nurses working in oncology in Africa so we can get a representative sample of respondents.
The Armenian Psycho-Oncology Association, with the support of Open Society Foundations-Armenia, organized a two-day interdisciplinary conference “Pain Management In Palliative Care: Applying Sector Reforms in Armenia” on June 7-8, 2019. The conference was organized with the co-sponsorship of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance and holds the status of the first IPOS Academy in Armenia. #iposinarmenia
Day 1 of the Conference on Pain Management in Palliative Care - Applying Sector Reforms in Armenia, in Yerevan, Armenia. The Head of the MoH Healthcare Policy Department presents a firm commitment to expand palliative care in the region. Dr. Melissa Henry presented research data supporting the integration of psycho-oncology and multidisciplinary care in addressing pain along the continuum of cancer care.
Day 2 of the conference in Yerevan, Armenia, dedicated to an IPOS Training Academy on Motivational Interviewing to build a solid therapeutic alliance and overcome resistance in oncology. A special thanks to Dr. Rachel Green for her inspiring seminar, it was great to Chair this with you! May we strive to build a better healthcare for all. #iposinArmenia
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