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Katie Miller Young Adult Cancer Conference

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:30 PM
Des Moines University, Olsen Center, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles

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This conference is free to all DMU full-time faculty, students and staff due to a generous endowment from the Miller family. $30 for non-DMU attendees.

Who is Katie Miller?

Katie MillerKatherine Miller, known as Katie by her medical school classmates, was a dynamic, empathetic, kind and beautiful young woman. She approached life with determination and love. Her compassion, drive, and natural charm in turn inspired family members, friends, educators, and mentors.

Born in New York City and baptized in the Greek Orthodox faith, Katie lived with her family first in Manhattan and then in Palm Beach, Florida, where she completed elementary and middle school education. She graduated from high school at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut. She gravitated toward math, science and French studies. She excelled academically and earned Dean’s List honors. Outside the classroom, Katie formed enduring friendships through her passion for water sports. She also explored the fine arts through painting and drawing and enjoyed impressionist art especially.

At the University of Virginia, Katherine found herself drawn to the intricacies of ancient Latin and Greek, which led her to intensive Summer language studies in classics at the University of California-Berkeley and study abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In Florida, Katie served several internships with local physicians and came to value the holistic approach to treating patients. Katie succumbed to colon cancer in 2005 at age 26.

The Katie Miller Young Adult Cancer Conference

Learn the importance of early detection of cancer in young adults, along with its treatments. Too often, symptoms or warning signs are ignored or dismissed due to the age of the patient.  It is seen as something that occurs more predominately in the older population.  With more research, discussion and public awareness, maybe then key symptoms that might have otherwise been dismissed be detected early on.

Target audience

Des Moines University students, staff, faculty and alumni, Des Moines area primary care physician(s), physician assistants, nurses, and all other interested healthcare professionals.


5:30 p.m. Registration
6 p.m. Dinner and special presentation by the DMU choir
Fields of Gold by Sting and May It Be by Enya
6:30 p.m. Angela Sandre, D.O.
“Wishes for Fertility in the Face of Chemotherapy: What We Think, What We Know and New Horizons”

  1. Discuss the implications of chemotherapy and expected fertility.
  2. Recognize the importance of addressing the fertility needs of patients with a new cancer diagnosis.
  3. Describes options for patients receiving chemotherapy to maintain fertility preservation.

Donald Young, D.O., FACOG
“Fertility and Cancer”

  1. Recognize how cancer treatment can affect fertility in both males and females.
  2. Explore ways to discuss fertility issues prior to cancer treatment.
  3. State the options for maintaining and preserving fertility during cancer treatments.
8 p.m. Patient panel of cancer survivors
9 p.m. Adjourn

Keynote speakers

Angela Sandre, D.O.

Medical Oncology & Hematology Associates of Iowa

  • Medical School:  Des Moines University
  • Internship:  University of Iowa/Des Moines Internal Medicine Residency
  • Residency:  University of Iowa/Des Moines Internal Medicine Residency
  • Fellowship:  Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

doctor young, fertility, in vitro, mid iowa fertility

Donald Young, D.O., FACOG

Dr. Young is the Medical Director of the Mid-Iowa Fertility Clinic. He received his B.A. from Drake University in 1981 and then attended Des Moines University, graduating in 1985. Dr. Young completed his internship at the University of Iowa, followed by his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at David Grant USAF Medical Center, Travis AFB, California, graduating in 1989. After finishing his U.S. Air Force active duty commitment, he completed his Reproductive Endocrinology Infertility fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 1993. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Young opened Mid-Iowa Fertility in 1993.

The keynote speakers indicated they have no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Panel Members

  • Katy Clough
  • Lynzee Head, D.O.’14
  • Ryan Flood, D.O.’15
  • Allison Zindell, M.S., D.O.’16

The panel members indicated they have no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.


There is no cost to attend for DMU full-time faculty, students and staff but registration is strongly encouraged.  There is a $30 fee for non-DMU attendees. Registration will remain open until November 6.

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Commercial support

Educational grants are not being accepted for this activity.

Continuing education credit

AOA:  Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to present continuing medical education programs for physicians. Des Moines University designates this program for a maximum of 2.5 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits.

IBON:  Des Moines University continuing education (provider #112) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing as an accredited provider. This program has been reviewed and approved for 3.0 continuing education contact hours.

Physician Assistants: The Iowa Board of Physician Assistants does not pre-approve continuing education; this course meets the State of Iowa criteria for continuing education in these professions.

Other:  Attendees will be given a certificate of participation for a maximum 2.5 continuing education hours.


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Disclosure statement

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. They will also 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 for this program and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the program director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

Des Moines University (DMU) prohibits discrimination in employment, educational pro
grams, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend DMU sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the DMU Continuing Medical Education office at 515-271-1596 or cme@dmu.edu prior to the activity.