Indiana's Nonprofit Resource & Education Organization for OVARIAN CANCER
Caregivers & Families
Ovar'coming Together, Inc.
2625 N. Meridian Street, Suite #108, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Toll Free: 855-855-OVAR | Ph: 317-925-6643 | Fax: 317-925-6673
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The purpose of Survivors Teaching Students® is to:
- Increase awareness of ovarian cancer within the medical community
- Highlight symptoms and risk factors of the disease
- Discuss the importance of early detection and referrals to gynecologic oncologists if ovarian cancer is suspected
- Increase students' understanding of patients by listening to survivors’ concerns and stories about their unique journeys
Each STS presentation takes about an hour. Presenters include a facilitator and up to three ovarian cancer survivor speakers. The facilitator will provide an introduction to the presentation and show a PowerPoint slide show which is followed by a time for survivors to share their powerful and informative stories.
A pre- and post-survey is given to students to assess their increase in knowledge and understanding of the disease as a result of the presentation. The survey further assesses the presentation’s value to the student.
STS is currently offered in 281 healthcare programs; in 35 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, UK, Canada, and Australia. In 2017, STS reached over 11,100 students. The Program is staffed by more than 880 survivor volunteers. STS is a national program funded by Tesaro and the Gail Baird Foundation. The program is owned by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA, formerly the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance).
In Indiana, Ovar'coming Together currently presents STS Presentations to Ivy Tech Community Colleges and Marian University. Survivors are reimbursed for mileage expenses they incur due to travel. Informal trainings are held on a periodic basis by Ovar'coming Together to prepare survivors and support them as they write their stories which they will later share with medical students