TMA Advantage: POEP Earns Funding

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The Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP) received nearly $300,000 from the Texas Cancer Council (TCC) to help reach the program's goal of making every physician's office a cancer prevention and detection center.

In early August, TCC Chair James D. Dannenbaum called POEP "the crown jewel" of the council along with TCC-described "core programs" in oncology education for nurses and dentists. POEP earned the TCC commendation with a proposal that the program provide 18,745 health care or education professionals with cancer prevention and detection training and/or materials, as well as conduct 2,650 clock hours of training for health care or education professionals. The estimated cost for training each professional is under $6, while the estimated value for donated hours from contributing physicians and other professionals is more than $400,000.

POEP, which reached more than 1,700 physicians and other health care professionals through its speakers' bureau during fiscal year 2000, also received nearly $100,000 in funding from the National Cancer Institute for the first phase of the program's grant submission, "Computerized Cancer CME [continuing medical education] for Primary Care Physicians."

TMA, which provided more than $85,000 of in-kind support to POEP during fiscal year 2000, formed the program in 1987 to carry out recommendations of the Texas Cancer Plan for reducing the burden of cancer on Texans. POEP is funded primarily by TCC and offers a variety of continuing education services and resources for physicians, particularly primary care specialists, on cancer prevention, screening, early detection, and control. For more information, call POEP at (800) 880-1300, ext 1672, or (512) 370-1672; email POEP; or visit the POEP Web site at


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