Breast care program earns 1st fellowship accreditation

By Scott Maier
Office of News and Publications

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation/UT Southwestern Center for Breast Care Fellowship Program recently became the first program of its kind in the United States to receive accreditation from a consortium of national breast care organizations.

The American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD), the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology bestowed accreditation in December to the UT Southwestern breast fellowship program, said Dr. Elizabeth Naftalis, assistant professor of surgical oncology at the Southwestern Center for Breast Care and program director. This program uses the national breast fellowship training curriculum developed by the three organizations and the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Initiated in 1999, the Southwestern Medical Center program is designed to be a model for comprehensive multidisciplinary training of postdoctoral fellows that will enhance their under standing of the multidisciplinary needs of breast cancer patients and develop a better treatment environment to serve them.

"It was a great honor to be asked to be the first center for review and receive unanimous approval," said Dr. Naftalis, who chairs the ASBD Breast Specialty Training Committee that over sees its participation, development of a comprehensive reading inventory and coordination of site inspections. "The fellowship is an integral part of our vision for quality comprehensive care at the UT Southwestern Center for Breast Care."