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Clinical Training Centres - Pediatric Fellowship Programme

ESO and SIOP Europe (SIOP-E) are pleased to announce their joint fellowship programme for young pediatric hematologists and oncologists aiming to gain clinical experience at renowned centers across Europe. 

The aim is to support young and promising pediatric oncologists in education and in the development of their careers in cancer care. The aim of the training is to familiarize the trainees under supervision with all diseases of pediatric hematology and oncology and to instruct them in diagnostics and therapy. The programme gives oncologists of the future the opportunity to spend a defined period of time (3-6 months) at a centre of excellence in Europe where they will gain more knowledge in pediatric hematology and oncology and experience in a multi-disciplinary clinical setting specifically designed to address their needs. It is also expected that participants will acquire expertise in all issues dealing with the running of a successful cancer unit also including hospital management issues such as quality control. 

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 very much encouraged and strongly supported in an application for the up-coming 3 to 4 year SIOP-E Course in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology as a further part of their education in the field.

Currently, the following centers offer pediatric oncology fellowship places:

Comprehensive Cancer Centre Ulm, Ulm, Germany
Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, Italy
Centre Leon Berard, Lyon, France
The Royal Marsden, NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom 
Fondazione Monza Brianza Bambino Mamma (FMBBM), Monza, Italy

Other centers will follow and be announced on the web site of ESO and SIOP-E soon. They will be selected from a list of centers of excellence which belong to the so-called ERNs (European Reference Networks dealing with specific health topics such as pediatric oncology) which are highly specialized and outstanding centers of pediatric hematology and oncology in the European Union. 

Structured educational programme

The following are some of the direct education experiences that will be available to the selected candidates. These 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. They 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 tumor 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, the trainee may attend weekly meetings of the affiliated research institutions.

Trainees may attend outpatient clinics, as well.

Trainees may attend local/regional/national cancer meetings or conferences taking place during their period of visit.

The trainee will be educated in the management of a patient from the very beginning on 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 the trainee is invited to take part and work under supervision of the attending senior physician. 

  • Specialty and/or disease specific experience

In addition, the trainee will be exposed to the clinical activity specific to his/her specialty and site-specific interest. As such, a programme will be developed for each candidate which will be tailored to his/her educational needs. Usually, the candidate may choose between malignant hematology (leukemia and lymphoma), solid tumors and neuro-oncology. 

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

To learn more on how to apply please click here.

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