Student Learning from an International Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Site Visit

Niamh O'Sullivan, Emily Gartshore, Maria Cable, Sam Smith

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Case Description
A student on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Care, United Kingdom (UK), who works for an Irish cancer charity availed of a travel scholarship from Coventry University/ Teenage Cancer Trust to extend learning beyond the online platform. A dual site visit to specialist Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer services was arranged so that AYA specialist cancer care could be observed in practice. Learning objectives and travel arrangements were set and supported by academic mentors and Teenage Cancer Trust funded staff.

Three days travel were sponsored, visiting 2 clinical sites in the UK responsible for the provision of specialist care to AYA patients with cancer. This included visiting Teenage Cancer Trust specialist units, experiencing both the inpatient and outpatient setting. The author attended multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings, and was met with specialist staff from a variety of professional backgrounds that are vital to the provision of comprehensive, tailored care of these patients.

Key Learnings
The experience proved to be inspirational and informative. It was an invaluable opportunity to meet and connect with AYA specialist professionals and experts. Valuable application from academic studies to clinical practice was achieved. The contribution of charitable organisations to the provision of AYA specific care in the UK was observed. The uniqueness of the psychosocial MDT meeting was a significant learning point and demonstrated how the AYA cancer experience is shaped by expert care. The passion and determination of the staff involved was evident. This experience was extremely valuable and further motivated the student to influence AYA cancer care in Ireland by sharing what was learned.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Event3rd Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Global Accord: Navigating the road through cancer - Sheraton hotel, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20186 Dec 2018


Conference3rd Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Global Accord
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