DALLAS – Surgeons can now receive educational certification in oncoplastic surgery – the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery – through the School of Oncoplastic Surgery.
The school brings together experts from around the world and across the nation to learn the various aspects of oncoplastic surgery. The two-and-a-half day course – which provides a minimum of 20 hours of certified medical education (CME) credits – instructs surgeons on how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.
“Gaining certification in oncoplastic surgery differentiates you and shows you are making the effort to learn the most comprehensive and thoughtful approach for your breast cancer patients,” said breast and plastic surgeon Anne Peled, M.D., an SOS faculty member who practices at California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco. This didactic and hands-on training demonstrates to patients, physician colleagues and the community that you have a strong commitment to improving outcomes for your patients. It also shows you’ve taken the time to learn in a meaningful way what the tools are to integrate oncoplastic surgery into your practice.”
The next SOS training will be held Sept. 8-10, 2017 in Dallas and will feature the well known and unique sculpture lab designed to help surgeons appreciate aesthetic aspects of breast surgery. Surgeon attendees often take the course more than once. Because demand is high, the school now offers courses twice a year.
“The hands-on part of this training – with an expert faculty who really know what they are doing – makes this the best course I’ve ever done in anything,” said Dr. Daniel Howard, a breast surgeon at Lourdes Hospital, in Paducah, Ky. “The first time you go to SOS, you can learn to do the simpler things. By coming back for other courses, you can build on what you’ve learned and add on the next levels. There’s always something of value that you can take back home and implement in your practice.” The School of Oncoplastic Surgery offers a core curriculum of essential topics and rotates in well known and new faculty members for each training.
It emphasizes a hands-on anatomy lab,small group learning, intensive sessions over the course of more than two days, and live model sessions. Each course limits the number of attendees so surgeons get an in-depth experience.
“Historically, breast cancer surgeons have not received essential training to help them deal with the aesthetic and reconstructive aspects of breast cancer surgery,” said SOS founder and course director Gail Lebovic, M.D. “This fragmented approach unfortunately leads to poor outcomes and a gap in patient care. In many cases, patients are left without access to surgeons trained in the art of partial or total breast reconstruction and at least 30% of patients are not satisfied with the appearance of their breast after surgery.”
“We’re offering this educational certification to support surgeons who have committed to broadening their skills and improving patient outcomes,” she added. “We know we can achieve equivalent survival rates and better cosmetic results. But it takes additional knowledge, effort and skills training.”
The SOS certification criteria are based upon recommended guidelines set forth by several international organizations including the International Steering Committee on Oncoplastic Surgery.
Oncoplastic surgery (OPS) combines breast cancer surgery with plastic and reconstructive techniques to achieve the best possible cosmetic results. Whenever possible, OPS can help increase the number of women who can have breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy). In this way, the cancer removal can be performed in conjunction with a breast reduction, augmentation, lift, mastectomy or reconstruction, taking into account patient preference and clinical circumstances.
The School of Oncoplastic Surgery was founded in 2007 by Dr. Lebovic with a grant from the Mary Kay Ash Foundation. Dr. Lebovic is a past president of the American Society of Breast Disease, recipient of several distinguished awards, and the inventor of multiple successful medical technologies in women’s healthcare.
DALLAS – One of the nation’s top programs in continuing medical education has opened registration for its next training. The School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS), which zeroes in on the growing trend toward oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery, will hold its next training program Jan. 27-29, 2017.
Dr. Anne Peled was a featured speaker at the School of Oncoplastic Surgery’s September Program in Las Vegas, NV. The program ran September 8-10, and featured experts on Oncologic Surgery speaking to their specialties at Merin Lab at the Medical Education Institute of Nevada.
Among the many improvements in the care of women who have breast cancer, one of the most promising is oncoplastic surgery.This approach combines methods to remove cancer with reconstructive techniques to insure complete tumor control. At same time it achieves better aesthetic outcomes.
This month’s upcoming School of Oncoplastic Surgery will help surgeons develop new skills they can use when performing breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) on patients with breast cancer. The three-day course will be held Jan. 22-24, 2016 in Dallas.
LAS VEGAS – Breast surgery experts from across the nation will gather in Nevada this September to learn oncoplastic surgery, now the most advanced form of breast cancer surgery available. The two-and-a-half-day course to be held by the School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS) will instruct surgeons how to optimize cosmetic results without compromising cancer control.
“We’ve reached a point where breast surgeons need oncoplastic skills, because women are living long healthy lives after breast cancer surgery, and they want to preserve their femininity,” said SOS founder/course director Gail Lebovic, M.D.
The course will be held Sept. 8-10, 2016 at the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nev.
Oncoplastic surgery (OPS) trains surgeons to save as much of the natural tissue as possible without compromising removal of the cancer. Reconstructive techniques are also addressed during the course, so that surgeons can offer their patients an opportunity to continue looking good without compromising their health or survival after being treated for cancer.
“The reason I came to the SOS course is that breast surgery is heading in this direction,” said A. J. Beisler, M.D., a surgeon in Bellefontaine, Ohio, who attended the January course. “When I saw the availability of the anatomy lab, I thought that would be really helpful. It’s one thing to hear people say ‘This is the way I do it.’ It’s another thing to stand there with them and have them take you through it.”
Special elements of the oncoplastic surgery program include:
* Full-day anatomy lab. Attendees receive hands-on instruction and gain experience in multiple oncoplastic techniques.
* Didactic lectures by experts covering topics in breast surgery & cancer care.
* Sculpture lab that uses clay casts from real-life subjects to teach attendees about aesthetics, size, shape and symmetry.
* Live models for surgical marking. Attendees learn the skin markings crucial to perfecting the art of OPS.
* Networking opportunities with faculty and colleagues. Surgeons work side-by-side with the faculty and network/socialize with each other throughout the course.
* Panel discussions. Current controversial topics of significant importance to breast cancer surgeons are discussed in-depth with leaders in the field.
“We’re now entering our 10th year of teaching the course, and those of us who have been in the field for many years realize the importance of passing on our skills to younger surgeons,” said Dr. Lebovic.
She notes from her experience that the most effective way to teach the oncoplastic approach involves unique elements not offered by other educational courses: “That’s why the School of Oncoplastic Surgery is especially rich with hands-on experience that gives surgeons the confidence to use these methods in their own practices.”
Other parts of the course include:
* One-to-one instruction from the course’s expert faculty. Instructors include several world-renowned pioneers in OPS.
* Introduction to new technologies used in oncoplastic cases. Selected new tools are demonstrated and utilized in the lab.
* Instruction on reimbursement coding when performing oncoplastic procedures
“I came to the SOS because even though I’ve been doing breast work for quite a few years, the expectations of patients are changing in terms of cosmetic appearance,” said Denver breast surgeon Jodi Chamber, M.D., FACS. “There are a lot of new techniques out there that quite honestly I have not been using but I’ve been reading about. I wanted to see them first-hand from folks who have been doing them.”
Oncoplastic surgery combines breast cancer surgery with plastic and reconstructive techniques to achieve the best possible cosmetic results when a lumpectomy is performed. OPS can also be performed in conjunction with a breast reduction, augmentation, lift, mastectomy or reconstruction taking into account patient preference and clinical circumstances.
The School of Oncoplastic Surgery was founded in 2007 by Dr. Lebovic with a grant from the Mary Kay Ash Foundation. Dr. Lebovic is a past president of the American Society of Breast Disease, recipient of several distinguished awards and the inventor of multiple successful medical technologies in women’s healthcare. She currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Focal Therapeutics, Inc.
Henderson, Nevada’s second largest city and site of the course, is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
Course information is available at www.2016sos.com. For further information, phone Tiffany Young at (479) 236-9570 or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org
DALLAS – The upcoming School of Oncoplastic Surgery (SOS) will offer surgeons the opportunity to develop new skills they can use when performing breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy) on patients with breast cancer. The three-day course will be held Jan. 22-24, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.