Artful Oncology: A Psychosocial Oncology Curriculum for Hematology/Oncology Fellows With Jafar Al-Mondhiry, MD, MA

At the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Dr. Jafar Al-Mondhiry, Medical Oncologist in the Melanoma/Skin Cancer Program at Inova Schar Cancer Institute, presented a poster entitled “Artful Oncology: A Comprehensive Psychosocial Oncology Curriculum for Hematology/Oncology Fellows.” In this podcast episode, he further delves into the development and results of the Artful Oncology curriculum, including:

  • Background about the factors contributing to burnout and psychosocial distress that hematology/oncology fellows may face
  • How he and his team built the curriculum and implemented it at Inova Schar Cancer Institute
  • The curriculum’s components, including didactic lectures about psychosocial issues in cancer care, narrative medicine seminars, communication skills training with standardized patients, and cancer survivorship support group facilitation
  • Evaluation of the curriculum’s results and the fellows’ feedback
  • Messages for hematology/oncology fellows about strategies for combating burnout and psychosocial distress

About Dr. Al-Mondhiry

Jafar Al-Mondhiry, MD, MA, is a Medical Oncologist in the Melanoma/Skin Cancer Program at Inova Schar Cancer Institute and an Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of cutaneous malignancies, with an interest in medical education, medical history, communication skills training, and palliative and supportive care for patients with advanced cancers. Dr. Al-Mondhiry co-hosts the At the Bedside Podcast, which delves into the ethics and emotions of practicing medicine.

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