FQMS supported Areej’s attendance at the 2022 International Cancer Education Conference (ICEC) co-organised by the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE), the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), and the European Association for Cancer Education (EACE).
Areej Yaseen is a sixth-year medical student at Al-Quds University. Over the past few years, she has worked with medical students and doctors throughout Palestine to research ovarian cancer. The project has two publications in international journals (BMC and PLOS ONE journals). One of these papers, Knowledge of ovarian cancer symptoms among women in Palestine: a cross-sectional study, has been accepted for presentation at the 2022 ICEC held from 12-14 October 2022 in Maryland, USA.
First of all, I am extremely pleased to write this report to say thank you for the financial support that you extended to me to attend the 2022 International Cancer Education Conference. Then, I would like to report on my participation.
The 2022 ICEC explores new and creative education models that support the development of best practices and facilitate interdisciplinary research across the cancer care continuum. The conference will improve understanding of how robust community engagement and effective patient navigation impact cancer and cancer education outcomes, alleviate health inequities, and increase health literacy.
It was an honour for me as a medical student to present my abstract which was titled “Knowledge of ovarian cancer symptoms among women in Palestine: a national cross-sectional study” at this conference. In addition, this participation resulted in publishing my abstract in the journal of cancer education.
I was presenting my abstract for one hour and a half on Friday, 14 October. Also, I was attending other conference programs on Wednesday, 12 October and Thursday, 13 October. During this period, I had several inspirational discussions on promoting community engagement, building successful patient navigation systems to meet patient, family, and community needs; and advocacy to reduce the burden of cancer with several physicians and researchers.
The ICEC provided me with a beneficial learning experience. For example, it was a great opportunity to participate fully in many workshops and plenary sessions that address cancer education such as:
- Advancing Social & Community Participation in Cancer Education
- Our Cancer Patients Can Inform and Inspire Our Journey
- Cancer Patient Challenges, Needs, Survivorship
- Advancing Health Equity by Enhancing Uptake of Genetic Counseling and Testing
- Building Better Learning Experiences in Cancer Education with Advanced Serious Play
As a result, I have known many academics and professionals from different countries who have similar research interests.
Once again, I would like to thank FQMS for their support and efforts.
Dr. Areej Yasin