UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Recognized for Educational Excellence

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The Learning CONSORTIUM announced today that The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will receive the Learning Spotlight Award for excellence in education and training at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2012 conference, to be held October 21-24, in Orlando, Florida.

The Learning CONSORTIUM is honoring MD Anderson for its innovation developing new models for providing learning, knowledge and skills to its employees, collaborators, patients and their families. MD Anderson has pioneered new approaches to using video, eLearning and other media in its efforts to impact the cancer problem.

"Achieving our mission to eliminate cancer requires new knowledge, so education is our mission area that enables the other three – patient care, research and prevention," says Oliver Bogler, Ph.D., senior vice president for academic affairs and vice president for global academic programs at MD Anderson. "We continually work to employ the latest approaches to enhance our educational effectiveness, and we’re pleased to be recognized for these efforts.”

MD Anderson awards undergraduate degrees through its School of Health Professions and masters and doctoral degrees through The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston, which it jointly operates with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. MD Anderson educates another 6,000 clinical and research students, trainees, physicians and scientists at various stages of their careers.

Additionally, the institution provides robust educational offerings to its 19,000 employees, patients and the general public. MD Anderson educational professionals provide health care leaders and bedside care providers with a broad range of opportunities to learn and develop. More than 75 of the comprehensive cancer center’s departments currently deploy training opportunities through its learning management system.

MD Anderson is also a leader in using video to support educational initiatives. Since 1994, MD Anderson has expanded its enterprise video conference infrastructure to more than fifty auditoriums, classrooms and conference rooms and now extends to desktop computers via web conferencing. MD Anderson supports both live and video-on-demand streaming for user-generated and professional video on web and social networking sites and in online courses. Video supports for-credit courses, continuing medical education, training initiatives and patient education.

As a global cancer leader, MD Anderson shares its expertise with institutions around the world, often employing innovative approaches. "We’ve developed a large network of international partners, our sister institutions, and offer online courses in core cancer disciplines to reach a global audience of learners," added Bogler.

“MD Anderson truly innovates and pushes the boundaries of organizational learning to improve not only employee learning and performance, but also the quality of care and life for its patients. Learning 2012 is pleased to honor MD Anderson, spotlighting its leadership in the learning and performance field.” - Elliott Masie, Host & Curator, Learning 2012

The Learning 2012 conference will spotlight the work, programs and innovations under way at MD Anderson. Details are available at http://www.learning2012.com.

About MD Anderson
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. For nine of the past 11 years, including 2012, MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in the “Best Hospitals” survey published annually in U.S. News & World Report.

About Learning 2012
Elliott Masie is the host of Learning 2012 - October 21 to 24 - Orlando, a unique gathering of thousands of senior learning leaders focused on the changing and evolving world of learning. Learning 2012 will include keynote discussions and interviews with Gen Colin Powell, USA Ret., Charles Duhigg (Author of The Power of Habit), Susan Cain (Author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking), Marshall Goldsmith and many more. Full Details at http://www.learning2012.com

About The MASIE Center
The MASIE Center is an international Learning LAB and research center working with Global Organizations. Headquarters are in Saratoga Springs, NY, with staff located in Virginia and Shanghai, China.

For more information, please visit http://www.masie.com

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