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The de Souza Institute and Alberta Health Services announce partnership with the hopes of bringing standardized approaches to training and education in cancer care. (Photo: de Souza Institute)​

The de Souza Institute and Alberta Health Services signed a multi-year agreement to develop the Oncology Practice Readiness Education Program (O-PREP).

This program is designed to standardize the orientation of new employees working within CancerControl Alberta and create a province-wide learning environment that is current, easily accessible, and portable.

"We are very proud and excited about our partnership with Alberta Health Services.  We see this as a model from which we can learn from each other and bring standardized approaches to training and online education to everyone in Canada," said Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, Executive Director of de Souza Institute.  "This collaboration lays the foundation for building a much needed national program in oncology and palliative care training."

"Delivering a province-wide oncology orientation supports patient and family centred care.  It provides solutions on how to bring standardized training to our health providers so that they can deliver safe, consistent and quality health services to Albertans," said Nancy Guebert, Chief Program Officer CancerControl Alberta (Interim) at Alberta Health Services.

About de Souza Institute

Established in 2008, de Souza Institute is a part of the University Health Network and partners with Cancer Care Ontario. It is funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide ongoing educational support to health care professionals caring for cancer patients and families.

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The de Souza Institute is located at the LuCliff Building, unit 1903.  Please come and visit us or check out our programs on our website www.desouzainstitute.com.​

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