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Clinical Training Centres - Fellowship programme - DOCTORS

The Clinical Training Centres Fellowship programme is a core activity of the European School of Oncology. Its aim is to support young and promising health professionals in the development of their careers in cancer care. The programme gives trainee oncologists of the future the opportunity to spend a period of time (3-6 months) at a centre of excellence in Europe where they will gain more knowledge in their own specialties and experience in a multidisciplinary clinical setting specially designed to address their needs. It is also expected that participants will acquire expertise in all issues involved with the running of a successful cancer unit, from hands on experience with the patients to management issues such as Audit and Quality Assurance.

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Although the aim of the programme is for oncologists to transfer and use the knowledge gained during their fellowship to their home institutes, ESO recognizes that sometimes this is not possible due to differences in systems & practices within different countries. In view of this ESO has decided to broaden its offer by opening the programme to centres of excellence within Eastern Europe. The hope is that common systems and practices as well as similarities in language will help ease this transfer of knowledge.

The following centres have accepted an agreement with ESO to ensure high standard clinical practice and scientific tutorship to its fellows: 

Structured educational programme

The following are some of the direct contact education experiences that will be available to successful candidates. These are divided into clinical teaching activities common to all cancer types, as well as those specific to the different specialties and cancer types.

  • General experience
    Become an integrated member of the specific cancer team to which the candidate is attached.
    Attend weekly word rounds, multidisciplinary meetings, radiology conferences, pathology conference, research meetings.
    Attend at outpatients clinic (approximately three per week).
    Attend at local/regional/national cancer meetings taking place during the period visit of the candidate.
  • Specialty and/or disease specific experience
    As well as the above, 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 tailor-made to his/her educational needs and this will differ between the specialties of surgical, radiation and medical oncology. Specific examples include attendance to operating sessions for the surgical oncologists, attendance at simulation and other activities relating to radiation oncology, as well as planning of therapeutic regimens for medical oncology.

It will be possible to discuss with each successful candidate what mix of the above suits his/her particular needs.

In order to gain a true insight into multidisciplinary care it is also important and encouraged that fellows spend a limited period of exposure in the other specialties, for example, a medical oncologist spends a week or two in the radiotherapy and surgical oncology departments.

The 2019 Clinical Training Centres programme is supported by a Fund provided by the European School of Oncology, and an educational grant from Amgen.

To learn more on how to apply please click here.

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