2017 February Newsletter


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Being Mortal

In “Being Mortal”, Atul Gawande takes the reader on a journey as he examines his experiences as a surgeon and confronts the realities of ageing and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do.


Integration of Palliative Care Into Standard Oncology Care: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline Update

By Betty R. Ferrell, Jennifer S. Temel, Sarah Temin, Erin R. Alesi, Tracy A. Balboni, Ethan M. Basch, Janice I. Firn, Judith A. Paice, Jeffrey M. Peppercorn, Tanyanika Phillips, Ellen L. Stovall†, Camilla Zimmermann, and Thomas J. Smith.

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Mentor of the Month

Dr. Karen King

A little bit about Dr. King:

Dr. Karen King is an Associate Professor of Oncology for the University of Alberta and completed her medical training at the University of Alberta and Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton. She obtained her undergraduate Master of Science degree in Biochemistry at the University of Regina. She is a medical oncologist with clinical assignments within the Breast Tumour Group and the Gastrointestinal Tumour Group. Many committees and departments benefit from her contributions. She has been chair of the Northern Alberta Breast Cancer Program for the last 6 years and is the associate chair of the Department of Medical Oncology at the CCI. She is also medical liaison for Community Oncology. Dr. King is active in medical education, serving on the Residency Program Committee, and is the Breast Tumour Group lead for the residency program.

Nominated by Dr. Kimberly Hagel:

“I am very proud to nominate Dr. Karen King of the Cross Cancer Institute of Edmonton for the mentor of the Month. I was invited to do so, after discussing ideal mentorship within a Medical Oncology Residency Program as part of a survey. In the Edmonton program, we are very fortunate to be able to choose a single attending to work with throughout our longitudinal clinic, and work alongside them to gather knowledge and experience. Karen was an obvious choice as preceptor, as I had worked with her previously and knew how patient, kind, and knowledgeable she is. As a sub-specialist in both GI and Breast tumour sites, she is able to show an extraordinary amount of empathy and respect to the most challenging of patients, inciting the desire to emulate her in both former and current students. Not only does she provide great support in the clinic, but is always available to discuss training itself, as well as assist with career decisions, and just to chat about life. There are no words to describe how wonderful it is to have a mentor who is so trustworthy, caring, and considerate, and we are very privileged at the Cross to have such an exemplary mentor, clinician, and teacher.”

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