Parker County Today August 2016 - Page 39

Back To School, for doctors too ... “There is nothing more important to me as a physician than your cancer treatment. I’ve been in practice for nearly two decades and have had the privilege of telling many patients that there is life beyond cancer. As president of The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, I want to lead by example, practicing a firm belief that all patients should receive the finest medical care available, with the same concern and compassion as a cherished member of the family.” Ray Page, D.O., Ph.D. President and Medical Oncologist The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. - Longfellow This quote hits home for me as I reflect on my 17 years of training with endless sleepless nights in the hospitals where I experienced fear and sweaty palms because I stood between the patient and death. Never would I imagine that in my almost 20 years of practice since then that my education would become even more expansive and intensive. Educating young doctors, medical students, and graduate students gives me great personal reward. I am very excited that over the next year I am going to be mentoring a “rising star” oncologist in a Healthcare Policy Fellowship program newly developed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). There are two outstanding doctors in this inaugural class – one from Harvard (who works with me on the AMA House of Delegates policy) and the other from the University of Chicago. I was asked by ASCO leadership to spend the next year mentoring one of the fellows. He graduated from Stanford with honors; cum laude at Harvard Medical school; MBA at Harvard Business School; and Chief Oncology Fellow at the University of Chicago. He has done quite a bit of Healthcare Policy work and spent time in Mumbai, India working with the HIV positive transgender population. I felt sorry for him having such a narrow institutional medical exposure (joking, kinda), so with trepidation I am going to bring him to little ol’ Weatherford, Texas to show him how healthcare policy in oncology affects us in the trenches of private practice providing cancer care in small town Texas. He will have an epiphany. We will work nationally to tackle the high costs of cancer drugs and develop a certification program for treatment pathways in cancer. These young doctors will learn they are only on the tip of the iceberg of their knowledge base and they will become great physicians only by staying engaged in lifelong learning. Schedule appointments by calling 817-596-0637 or online at Support services sponsored by: To learn more about cancer care issues or to consult with a physician about a cancer diagnosis, contact us at 817.596.0637. AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY Finally, I am very proud to be serving on the Weatherford Regional Medical Education Committee and share in the excitement in bringing in our first medicine residents into training in the hospital. 37