Sarcoma Scholar Boot Camp has provided intensive education on a little known disease to over 40 RIS scholars since the program’s 2009 inception. Dr. Kathryn Dusenbery, charter member of Rein in Sarcoma Board of Directors and the SH Levitt Chair in Radiation Oncology at the University of Minnesota, conducted the first Sarcoma Scholar Boot Camp.
The Boot Camp sets the stage in preparation for the rest of the scholars’ year. The scholars will attend tumor conferences with the medical staff, plan a lecture for their fellow medical students, and plan and carry out other events. They work primarily with their physician mentors, but also meet with the Red Flags Education Committee. All scholars plan a project that may be done individually or with another scholar.
This year’s Boot Camp was held September 6th at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls. Three outstanding presentations were given by participating medical staff. Dr. Randy Hurley, medical oncologist at Regions Hospital – HealthPartners, led off the evening with a lecture entitled Overview of the Epidemiology, Evaluation and Staging of Soft Tissue Sarcomas. Dr. Hurley serves on the RIS Medical Advisory Board, leads the Hallie Anne Brown Initiative on Early Diagnosis and has mentored several former scholars who are helping with that project.
The next lecture was given by Dr. Scott Okuno, medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic, RIS Board and Medical Advisory Board member, and mentor for the Mayo scholars. His lecture was titled Sarcoma Histologies and Principles of Systematic Therapies.
Dr. Christian Ogilvie, orthopedic surgeon and University of Minnesota Associate Professor of Medicine, leads the RIS Medical Advisory Board and is a past Board of Directors member. He has given generously of his time to lecture to students and at conferences all over Minnesota. His presentation was titled Tumors in Orthopedics.
Unfortunately, Dr. Dusenbery had a medical emergency and was unable to attend Boot Camp. She plans to give her presentation and have it recorded at a later date. Once completed, it will be included with the other presentations on our RIS YouTube channel.
The five scholars, Colleen Bell, Kyle Lau, and Alexander Kuehne from the University of Minnesota, and Mylan Blomquist and Taylor Weiskittel from Mayo Clinic, listened attentively and asked many questions. Alex reported to the Red Flags Committee a few days later that it was a very good educational experience and he wouldn’t change anything about it. Rein in Sarcoma served a light dinner to those in attendance and thanks Thrivent for their educational grant that provided the food.