All of Me: A Conversation on Sexual Health and Support

Des Moines, IA US
April 4, 2018

This free event will have breakfast, lunch, and refreshments provided. Registration is required. Registration deadline is March 28.

Please visit the John Stoddard Cancer website to register. 

Call Jen Witt at 515-241-3399 for more details.

Target Audience

Healthcare providers.


Sexual health care can be provided at every visit where quality of life and side effects are addressed. This conversation is intended to reduce uncertainty, confusion, anxiety and stress for the patient and their partner(s).

Learning Objectives

  • List two things learned about sexual health care in the cancer setting
  • Write a 2-3 sentence introductory message about sexual health and cancer, initiating the conversation with a patient or client
  • Plan, list, and commit to two next steps to improve sexual health care in your setting

This offering will address competencies related to patient care, communication skills, providing patient-centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, employing evidence-based practice, and addressing health care roles and responsibilities.


7:45 amWelcome
8 amSexuality, Cancer and Men 
Kevin Birusingh, MD, Urologist, The Iowa Clinic 
9 am

LGQBT and Cancer
Joseph Freund, MD, Family Practice Physician, UCS Healthcare, Des Moines, IA 

  • Understand how previous treatment of LGBTQ patients prevents full access to equal medical care.
  • Address the healthcare disparities which may result in higher rates of some cancers in the LGBTQ population.
  • Learn how to identify LGBTQ patients and include, not exclude them from the medical system.
10 amBreak
10:15 am

Key Note  
Jennifer Barsky Reese, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Fox Cancer Center

11:15 am

Working Lunch: Creating Your Message and Roleplay Oncology Scenarios  
Veronika Kolder, MD, Medical Director, Menopause & Sexual Health Clinic, University of Iowa
Erin Sullivan Wagner, Cancer Survivor, Owner, After Cancer, Solutions for Sexual Health

1 pm

Introduction to All of Me Framework and Tool Kit
Sarah Shaffer, DO, Assistant Professor, Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa 

2 pmBreak
2:15 pm

Managing Pelvic Floor Disorders
Tarra Richard, PT

  • Understand what the pelvic floor is and basic anatomy and function of it.
  • Understand what Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) is and symptoms of it.
  • Verbalize benefits of physical therapy treatments for PFDs.
  • Have an understanding of how cancer treatments can cause PFD and impact sexual function.
3:15 pm

Rachel Fyfe, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program Coordinator, Unity Point Health-Des Moines

  • Discuss how cancer can affect fertility
  • Describe the process of fertility preservation options available 
  • Address the need to have the discussion about fertility with patients
4:15 pmAction Plan
4:30 pmAdjourn
    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 7.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 7.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 7.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    04/04/2018 - 7:45am CDT
    Event ends: 
    04/04/2018 - 4:30pm CDT
    Iowa Methodist Medical Center
    1415 Woodland Avenue
    Thompson Auditorium
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    United States

    From I-235

    • Take the Keo Way exit from I-235.  Go south on Keo Way.  
    • Turn right onto 12th St. 
    • Go straight at the stop sign.
    • Follow the road as it curves around the Iowa Methodist Campus.
    • Turn left and park in the parking ramp on the west side of the campus (parking is free)
    • Take the south elevators to level G.  Proceed straight down the corridor to Kelley Conference Room. 



    Iowa Methodist Medical Center provides free parking for visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week in following locations:

    • North of the main entrance
    • South of the Younker Rehabilitation Center
    • West parking ramp at Methodist Medical Plaza
    • Handicapped parking is reserved in the North, Younker and Powell visitor lots.

    Kevin Birusingh, MD
    Urologist, The Iowa Clinic

    Dr. Birusingh says he found himself practicing urology for a number of reasons, “There is a wide breadth of surgical skills required, and it affords him the opportunity to have lifelong relationships with patients, which can be rare for a surgical sub-specialty.” When it came to establishing a practice, he felt The Iowa Clinic was a good fit for him and it brought him and his wife back to her hometown. Having played professional soccer for a few years after college, Dr. Birusingh stays active. He enjoys running, reading and spending time with his wife and two daughters. Full biography. 

    Joseph Freund, MD
    Family Practice Physician, UCS Healthcare, Des Moines, IA 
    Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
    World Professional Association for Transgender Health 

    • MD: University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
    • Residency: St. Joseph-Mercy Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, Mason City, IA

    Full biography. 

    Rachel Fyfe
    Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program Coordinator, John Stoddard Cancer Center and Blank Children’s Hospital
    Project Collaborator, All of Me Iowa

    Ms. Fyge is specifically trained and experienced in providing life assistance services to adolescent and young adult (AYA) survivors. Life assistance services include: academic and life financial aid resources, assistance gaining employment or obtaining disability benefits, assistance obtaining health and life insurance after care, assistance with problem of infertility, and assistance with transitioning to adult care.

    Veronika E. Kolder, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine    
    Medical Director, Menopause and Sexual Health Clinic, UIHC
    North American Menopause Society-Certified Menopause Practitioner
    Project Collaborator, All of Me Iowa

    • MD: Medical School, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
    • Resident: Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL


    Jennifer Barsky Reese, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Fox Cancer Center

    Dr. Reese is Assistant Professor in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, a NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in Philadelphia, PA. She is a behavioral scientist and licensed psychologist whose work focuses on developing evidence-based interventions that address sexual concerns and improve sexual health, relationships, and quality of life for those facing cancer and cancer survivorship. Dr. Reese is a founding steering committee member of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, and as well as a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Communication in Healthcare. She has received funding from the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society to conduct her research. Full biography and research. 

    Tarra Richard, PT
    Physical Therapist, UnityPoint Health

    Full biography.

    Sarah A. Shaffer, DO
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director for the Medical Student Clerkship, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology - General Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
    Project Collaborator, All of Me Iowa

    • DO: Doctor of Osteopathy, A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Post Graduate: Master in Medical Eduction, University of Iowa
    • Resident: Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Vincent Women’s Hospital

    Full biography and publications.

    Erin Sullivan Wagner
    Co-Chair, Iowa Cancer Consortium Quality of Life Subcommittee; Owner, After Cancer, Solutions for Sexual Health

    Surviving cancer taught me a great deal. I created a new life, a life dedicated to helping others suffering physical, psychological, and emotional scars due to sexual dysfunction.

    Though challenging and painful, I now realize cancer was also a gift. I am stronger since cancer, able to connect with others on a deeper level, and to recognize emotional intimacy as a key ingredient to happiness and successful relationships. As a cancer survivor, I am committed to spending the remainder of my life helping others redefine intimacy for themselves and in their relationships. Full biography.


    Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individuals have no conflict of interests with commercial interest companies to disclose.

    • Kevin Birusingh, MD, Speaker
    • Joseph Freund, MD, Speaker
    • Rachel Fyfe, Speaker
    • Veronika E. Kolder, MD, Speaker and Activity Director
    • Jennifer Barsky Reese, PhD, Speaker
    • Tarra Richard, PT, Speaker
    • Sarah A. Shaffer, DO, Speaker
    • Erin Sullivan Wagner, Speaker and Activity Director

    Continuing Education Credit

    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 7.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and After Cancer, Solutions for Sexual Health. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 7.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
    • Other: This live activity is designated for 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM


    No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


    Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


    The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 7.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 7.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 7.00 IBON


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    This free event will have food provided.

    Call Jen Witt at 515-241-3399 for more details.