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J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Nov;24 Suppl 2:S491-4. doi: 10.1007/s11606-009-1024-7.

A framework for developing, implementing, and evaluating a cancer survivorship curriculum for medical students.

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  • 1Center for Education Development and Research, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, 60-051 Center for the Health Sciences, Box 951722, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA. bas@mednet.ucla.edu



Cancer survivorship care is not adequately addressed in current medical school curricula.


To develop, implement, and evaluate a modular cancer survivorship curriculum that is portable to other educational settings and is designed to provide medical students with a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to care for cancer survivors.


An expert consensus panel developed a set of learning objectives related to cancer survivorship to guide the development of educational modules, such as computer-based self-instructional modules, problem-based learning cases, videos, and clinical exercises. Course and clerkship chairs were directly involved in the development and implementation of the modules.


A cohort study with a historical control group demonstrated that fourth-year medical students increased their knowledge in survivorship issues and their self-reported level of comfort in care activities compared to similar students who did not receive the survivorship curriculum.


Our framework resulted in a cancer survivorship curriculum that was implemented in a modular manner across the medical curriculum that improved learning and that is potentially portable to other educational settings.

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