On Saturday, March 16th the 2018-19 Rein in Sarcoma Scholars hosted a celebration to thank their mentors, sponsors and Rein in Sarcoma leaders at Camp Sacajawea Retreat Center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Over the past 10 years, 39 sarcoma scholars from the University of MN and Mayo Medical Schools have worked together and separately to educate their fellow students and the public about sarcoma cancers. This education consists of the warning signs of sarcoma, achieving a proper and timely diagnosis, and treatment options. The celebration included lively conversations, a 10-year slide show review, and an initial report on the impact and the success of the scholar program.
The 2018-19 class of scholars include Taylor Weiskittel, Mylan Blomquist (Mayo) Colleen Bell, Alexander Kuhne and Kyle Lau (University of Minnesota). The honored guests were: Dr. Kathryn Dusenbery, who conceived of and has organized the Sarcoma Scholar Program since 2009 and Dr. Scott Okuno, mentor of the Mayo Scholars since Mayo was added to the program in 2014.
Jan and Tim Maudlin, who sponsor the Sarcoma Scholar program through the RIS Jan Maudlin Named Fund, attended as very special quests - the scholars were anxious to meet their sponsors and particularly wanted to thank them in person. Jan, a sarcoma survivor, and Tim believe educating future physicians is an important contribution to the quality of care for future generations of sarcoma patients.
Attending RIS leaders were Executive Director - Janelle Calhoun, Board Vice President - Lisa Griebel (also a survivor), Naomi Bowman - Health Programs Coordinator, and Sue and Pete Wyckoff, RIS co-founders (Sue also chairs the Red Flags Education Committee).
This year’s scholars surveyed the former scholars to find out where they are, their chosen medical career path, and what aspects of the Sarcoma Scholar Program were valuable to them. So far, over 50% have completed the survey. Many good ideas were generated in a lively discussion of how to strengthen and increase the educational impact of the program. We are excited to see the next ten years unfold, as the first 39 RIS Sarcoma Scholars move into their medical careers and the next generation continues to educate and raise awareness about sarcoma cancer.