Academic Initiatives

Visiting Professor

The Komen Visiting Professorship will introduce external evidence-based expertise selectively sought by the school to augment the existing curriculum with regard to breast cancer.  These scholars will educate nursing students regarding the nature of breast cancer, prevention strategies, and the treatment and care of patients living with this disease.

Year 6 Visiting Professor: Dr. Karen Kayser

Dr. Karen KayserDr. Karen Kayser holds the Dr. Renato LaRocca Endowed Chair in Oncology Social Work at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Prior to her current position, she taught for 20 years at the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College. She earned an interdisciplinary PhD in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the study of interpersonal and cultural factors that influence and promote optimal adjustment to cancer. She has conducted extensive research on health-related stress for individuals, couples, and families both in the United States and internationally, including the countries of India, China, Switzerland, Italy, and Australia. In 2008 she received a Fulbright Scholar Research award and is the 2012 recipient of the Quality of Life in Cancer Care Award (Association of Oncology Social Work and the American Cancer Society). She conducted the first randomized clinical trial of a psychosocial program (Partners in Coping) for breast cancer patients and their partners in the United States. She has also studied couples coping with breast cancer in Hong Kong-China and India.

Dr. Kayser will join the School of Nursing from April 9-13, 2012.

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Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Daniel HayesThe Distinguished Lecturer is selected from among the brightest and most provocative in the field of breast cancer. The Lecturer will stimulate the thinking and activity of campus and area health practitioners, researchers, and educators. Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered to alumni, practicing nurses, and nurse researchers and educators attending the lecture. 

We are pleased that Dr. Daniel Hays is the year 6 Komen Distinguished Lecturer.

Determining who gets Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: Biology vs. Anatomy

Research over the last 40 years has demonstrated the reduction in mortality due to adjuvant systemic therapy for breast cancer. The decision to give chemotherapy has traditionally been based on anatomic prognostic factors. However, recent research suggests that biologic factors can be used to personalize application of the chemotherapy. This presentation will describe these factors and their implications.

Daniel F. Hayes, MD
Stuart B. Padnos Professor in Breast Cancer
Clinical Director, Breast Oncology Program
Professor, Internal medicine Hematology/Oncology
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Date Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time 4-5:30 p.m.
Reception immediately following lecture.
Fee Free to all. Registration is required.
1.0 nursing contact hour available for $30*
1.0 social work continuing education unit for $10**
Registration For details and to register, visit our website or call 410-706-3767.
Location University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 West Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201

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The Scholar-in-Residence program provides “release time” for an outstanding internal faculty scholar to develop evidence-based content that will enrich the current curriculum.

Dr. Sandra McLeskey, the 2005-2011 Scholar-in-Residence, developed Web modules concerning the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, treatment, and survival of breast cancer for use in the undergraduate curriculum. The modules are now a requirement for every undergraduate and graduate student at the School of Nursing.

These modules have been refined and made available to more than three million practicing nurses worldwide and, to date, have been viewed by 3,000 people in 26 countries on six continents. To view modules click here

Komen Conferees

2011 Komen ConfereesKomen Conferees are awarded a stipend to support registration and travel expenses that enable participation in regional and national state-of-the-science conferences on breast cancer research and practice.  Faculty and students are equally eligible to apply for the stipend, but preference is given to oncology masters students who demonstrate specific plans for disseminating the information they receive at the conference.  After each conference, the awardee is required to present what was learned at the conference.

Congratulations to the 2011 Komen Conferees who attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference in December: Geraldine L. Raber, BSN, RN, OCN and Jan Clemons, BSN, OCN.

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