Dr. Ewa Szumacher, MD, MEd, FRCP(C) is an affiliate scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an associate of Dr. Andrew Loblaw.
Dr. Szumacher advises, "My research interest is in medical education particularly in how patients communicate with their health care providers .We are developing web-based materials for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer regarding radiotherapy after prostatectomy . The content was validated among sample of patients and their healthcare providers and it is now in portal developmental stage. The project is supported by our GU site group."
Extracts from the Sunnybrook Research Institute website:
Appointments and Affiliations:
Affiliate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Odette Cancer Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
Associate professor, department of radiation oncology, U of T
Academic-coordinator, medical radiation sciences program, department of radiation oncology, U of T
Needs assessment of patients, health care providers and trainees in radiotherapy practice
Enhancing patients and health care providers' decisional preferences for radiotherapy treatment
Developing an inter-professional learning environment and creating modalities for continuing professional education in radiation oncology
The focus of Dr. Szumacher's research is to understand the needs and preferences of cancer patients in radiation oncology practice. This includes:
understanding patient preferences in the treatment of bone metastases with palliative radiotherapy (RT)
understanding needs of older patients with early breast cancer while undergoing adjuvant RT
developing a patient decision aid for adjuvant RT for older women with early breast cancer
understanding the needs of prostate cancer patients treated with radical prostatectomy who require adjuvant and salvage RT.
Dr. Szumacher aims to improve the care of cancer patients by working together as an inter-professional team in radiation oncology practice. This is achieved by:
fostering an interprofessional practice in radiation oncology through continuing medical education (CME), scholarly work and research
understanding the needs of health care providers in cancer care and enhancing RT services and treatment in underserviced areas
developing and assessing the effectiveness of an educational intervention on the congruence of prostate and rectal contouring as compared to a gold standard in planning for three-dimensional RT for prostate cancer
developing an interprofessional learning environment and creating modalities for continuing professional education in radiation therapy by organizing interprofessional CME events
investigating interprofessional needs of cancer care providers and trainees.