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ESO and SIOP Europe (SIOP-E) have launched a joint Fellowship Programme for young paediatric haematologists and oncologists to advance their clinical experience at renowned centres across Europe. 

The programme supports young and promising paediatric oncologists in their education and career development in cancer care. The training familiarises the trainees with all diseases of paediatric haematology and oncology and instructs them in diagnostics and therapy. The programme gives oncologists of the future the opportunity to spend 3 to 6 months at a Centre of Excellence in Europe. They will grow their knowledge in paediatric haematology and oncology and experience a multi-disciplinary clinical setting specifically designed to address their goals. It is also expected that participants will acquire expertise in all issues dealing with the running of a successful cancer unit, including hospital management issues such as quality control. 

Being selected to take part in an ESO CTC Fellowship automatically makes you eligible to enrol in the College of the European School of Oncology (ESCO). Enrolling in ESCO gives you access to advanced career resources and opportunities to build meaningful networks. Find out more about ESCO benefits or how to join.

Selected applicants for the ESO–SIOP-E Clinical Training Centres Fellowship Programme who have successfully passed their 3 to 6 months stay at the host institution are strongly supported in applying for the upcoming 3 to 4 year SIOP-E Course in Paediatric Haematology and Oncology as a further part of their education in the field.

Currently, the following centres offer paediatric oncology Fellowship places:

The Royal Marsden – NHS Foundation Trust Institut Gustave Roussy Centre Leon Berard Comprehensive Cancer Centre Ulm Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori Fondazione Monza Brianza Bambino Mamma Princess Maxima Centre

Other Centres will follow and be announced soon. They will be selected from a list of Centres of Excellence which belong to the ERNs (European Reference Networks dealing with specific health topics such as paediatric oncology), which are highly specialised and outstanding centres of paediatric haematology and oncology in the European Union. 

 

Further Information

Structured educational programme

The following are some of the direct education experiences that are available to the selected candidates. They are divided into clinical teaching activities common in all cancer subtypes, as well as those specific to the different cancer subtypes. 

  • General experience

Trainees will become an integrated member of the specific cancer team to which they are attached. As a trainee, you will have the opportunity to attend the following: daily rounds (joint rounds with the area-leading specialist / senior physicians), weekly multi-disciplinary meetings such as tumour boards or disease-specific reference boards, radiology conferences, pathology conferences, post-mortem conferences, case conferences and educational sessions including both overviews and case presentations.

In addition, you may attend weekly meetings of the affiliated research institutions, outpatient clinics, and local/regional/national cancer meetings or conferences taking place during your period of visit.

 

You will be educated in the management of a patient from the very beginning, including collecting medical histories, examination of inpatient or outpatient patients, preparation of therapy suggestions, performing diagnostic procedures (e.g., lumbar or bone marrow punctures, skin biopsies, etc.), evaluation of peripheral blood and bone marrow smears, assessment and interpretation of collected findings, planning of evidence-based therapy according to published scientific literature, therapy optimization studies, existing guidelines or house standards, conversation with patients and parents, as well as the preparation of patient letters and discharge management.

An important element of the training is the completion of night shifts to which you are invited to take part and work under supervision of the attending senior physician. 

  • Specialty and/or disease specific experience

As well as the above, as a trainee you will be exposed to the clinical activity specific to your specialty and site-specific interest. As such, a tailor-made programme will be developed for each candidate to meet their educational goals. Usually, the candidate may choose between malignant haematology (leukaemia and lymphoma), solid tumours and neuro-oncology. 

It will be possible to discuss with each selected candidate what mix of the above suits their particular needs the best. In order to gain a true insight into multi-disciplinary care it is also encouraged that you spend a limited period of exposure in the other specialties. For example: at the department of paediatric surgery, radiology or psycho-oncology.

Enrolment

Trainees can be enrolled at the host institution with a visiting observer status (3 - 6 months) or a visiting practitioner status (6 months only). The enrolment procedure is to be discussed directly with the host institution. However, please be informed that obtaining residency status may take up to 6 months. 

Visiting observership status

Direct contact with patients is not foreseen. The host institution will relate with you regarding enrolment procedure. 

Visiting residency status

The visiting residency status allows you as the trainee to have direct contact with patients. The enrolment procedure for practitioners varies for each Clinical Training Centre.

Depending on the Centre and the knowledge and training level of the applicants, all activities are initially carried out by the trainee in direct supervision, and later in indirect supervision by the area-leading specialist / senior physician. 

Criteria

There is a limited number of Fellowship grants available, so only physicians who meet the following criteria are eligible for a Fellowship:

  • Doctors who can demonstrate that they have gained 2 years of experience in clinical and research work in paediatric haematology and/or oncology
  • Doctors from the following regions: Europe (including Eastern Europe, Russia & Turkey), Arab Mediterranean region, Central/Southern America (Latin America)
  • Doctors who have taken part in at least 1 ESO or 1 SIOPE event
  • Age limit of 40 years

Duration

3 or 6 months, depending on the educational programme selected.

Grant

ESO will refund travel costs (economy fare, from location of residence to the location of the training centre and return) and a grant of:

EUR 2.000 per month

Costs related to Medical Council’s Registration is to be covered by the scholar.

Accommodation is not provided and is to be arranged by the trainee him/herself. Usually, the host institutions have cheap opportunities to offer to the applicants.

ESCO

Being selected to take part in an ESO CTC Fellowship is one of the ESO activities that gives participants eligibility to enrol in ESCO - the College of the European School of Oncology.

A Fellowship placement also enables ESCO students to earn ESCO credits and therefore access more ESCO benefits. A 3 month Fellowship earns you 120 ESCO credits, and a 6 month Fellowship earns you 240 ESCO credits.

Each year, four ESCO Fellows or Graduates will be given priority selection for ESO CTC Fellowship placements.

Visit www.esco.org for information on how to join ESCO.

Application

Deadline

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Application

Please ensure you read these instructions carefully before your start the online application process.
In order to apply for the CTC programme you are required to complete the online application (please follow the steps below) and provide the documents listed below. You will need to prepare these documents in advance to upload during the online application.

All documents should be in English or have an English translation if necessary. Required documents:

  • letter of request indicating the programme and the Centre for which the
    application is submitted. Must include the aims and goals of the training period, the plans for career development after the training period, the requested duration (3 or 6 months) and the preferred training period
  • Curriculum vitae or biographical sketch with a list of publications and abstracts accepted at congresses (indication of work/research in paediatric haematology and oncology)
  • Copy of original medical school diploma with English translation if necessary
  • letter of support from your current head of department giving you leave from the institution upon acceptance

Online application step by step:

Step 1: Click on the APPLY NOW button below to login to your existing account or to create a new account

Step 2: Complete the first three stages of the application with your personal information

Step 3: Add Fellowship Choice. Select the centre/ programme you wish to apply for and the length of training period (3 or 6 months). Please ensure you have read through the ‘Clinical Training Centres’ pages before application.

Step 4: In the section 'Attachment' please upload the 4 requested documents (listed above). All 4 documents are obligatory. You must include the original certificates + English translation (if necessary).

Step 5: When you are sure everything has been completed, uploaded and is correct press the 'Submit' button

Only applications that have been submitted with all required documents and by the deadline will be considered.

Selection

SIOP-E will carry out a pre-selection on a competitive basis from among the submitted applications.
Pre-selected candidates will be video interviewed (Skype) by ESO/SIOP-E and the host institution.

Conditions

ESO/SIOP-E bears no responsibility for untoward events in relation to the training programme.

Trainees are advised to take out their personal, travel and professional insurance coverage.

It will be the responsibility of the trainee to pay any taxes that may be required by the home or host country. All doctors taking part in Fellowship in an Italian centre will be required to pay tax in Italy. The same applies for Italian doctors taking part in Fellowships in any centre.

Contact

For further information, please contact Corinne Hall at chall@eso.net and Anne.blondeel@siope.eu
SIOP-E Board Member for Education: Andishe Attarbaschi, andishe.attarbaschi@stanna.at