One of the most effective ways to teach medical students about the impact of disease on not only a patient but his or her family is to hear about the experience directly from those affected. The “Survivors Teaching Students” program allows ovarian cancer survivors to share their path through diagnosis and treatment with medical students. The program, adopted by more than 60 medical schools, helps students understand ovarian cancer with the hope that more patients will be diagnosed earlier and thus have better outcomes. The Medical College of Wisconsin has adopted this program; a video of patients addressing students at Virginia Commonwealth demonstrates the program in action. The Survivors Teaching Students program has been shown to have a positive effect, as shown in a study in 2011.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consulting