Leadership; Leading and influencing Change in Cancer education.

March 31st, 2020 Kracow, Poland

Sheraton Grand Krakow,  7 Powisle Street, Krakow  31-101 Poland

The European Association for Cancer Education (EACE) and The American Association for Cancer Education (AACE) invite you to participate in an inaugural, certified course in essential skills in cancer education.

This one day international education forum is jointly hosted by EACE and AACE will include presentations by leading international educators, interactive sessions, breakout sessions, small group discussions and networking opportunities with mentors. This event will bring together international cancer educators across disciplines to exchange ideas and discuss key topics leadership in cancer education, such as effectively leading and influencing change in cancer education at different organizational or personal levels, effective communication skills and mentorship.

Overall Goals of the Course

  • To explore and understand essential skills in different leadership styles
  • Facilitate networking and collaboration in interprofesional care team environment
  • Engage the participants in leadership in cancer education and inspire initiative for change

Course Objectives

At the end of the course the participants will be better able to:

  • Describe different leadership styles and how they are used in different situations
  • Define the steps needed to initiate change in practice
  • Address the challenges and communication gaps
  • Develop productive/effective mentoring relationships and engage in scholarly projects to develop leadership skills necessary for oncology professionals

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at practicing interprofessional allied health care providers, physicians, health care professionals, basic scientists, clinicians and PhD students who would like to learn leadership styles in cancer education. Each participant is expected to bring his/her individual outline project that he/she would like to work at during the course. For those who have no particular project, possible topics will be listed on the website. The participants are expected to submit their projects outline and their CV 3 weeks before the course date.

Important Dates

Call for abstracts begins: Open now.
Call for abstracts closes: February 28, 2020.
Abstract notification of acceptance: March 5, 2020.
Registration opens: Open now.


Dr Ewa Szumacher MD, MEd. AACE President
Dr. Ewa Szumacher is Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology University of Toronto, Canada. She is affiliate scientist in Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Odette Cancer Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute. She is an academic coordinator in Medical Radiation Sciences Program, Department of Radiation Oncology UofT. Her research focus is to understand patient preferences for radiotherapy treatments across different treatment sites (palliative radiotherapy, breast ca and GU malignancies). Dr. Szumacher aims to improve the care of cancer patients by working together as an interprofessional 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, 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.
Dr. Sabine Fromm-Haidenberger MD. EACE President
Dr. Sabine Fromm-Haidenberger is a radiation oncologist and radiologist. Currently she is working as radiation oncologist in a practice in Rosenheim, a City in the south of Munich. Prior to this, Sabine worked as radiologist and radiation oncologist in Vienna and Munich. She studied medicine at the Medical University of Vienna and underwent her training in radiation oncology at the University Hospital in Vienna.  During her training at the Medical University Hospital in Vienna, Sabine was very much involved in student education and pivotal in the development of the International Summer School of Oncology for Medical Students (VSSO). Sabine joined the Board of the European Association for Cancer Education in 2005 and held the office Secretary and Treasurer, prior to becoming President in 2018.
Dr. Maria Bishop MD. Editor in Chief, The Journal of Cancer Education
Maria Bishop is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of Arizona and a Member of the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Bishop is the Acting Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology at the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System. Her research interest is developing and evaluating cancer related end of life curricula for pre- and post-doctoral students. Dr. Bishop was included in the 2002 Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences. She is also faculty mentor for the Societies Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Dr. Filipe Santos Silva PhD. EACE Treasurer
Filipe Santos Silva has a Ph.D. in Human Biology and a Master’s Degree in Oncobiology. He is an affiliate professor at the Faculty of Medicine – the University of Porto and a guest researcher at the Buffett Cancer Center – University of Nebraska. He leads the IPATIMUP Public Awareness of Cancer Unit and is a member of the European Association of Cancer Education and a consultant of innovation units and international evaluation panels (Intel ISEF). He has a vast portfolio of different projects in areas of basic research and cancer education. Recently he conceived and developed an innovative cancer education program “HYPE (Healthy Youth through Prevention Education)” in Portugal and in the USA (“Breast Cancer – Educate to Prevent”) funded by Calouste Gulbenkian and Susan G. Komen Foundations. Characterization/optimization of communication models between health professionals and patients and the improvement of education programs in cancer centres is the current focus of his research.