Recommendations for a Global Curriculum in Medical Oncology

The Recommendations for a Global Curriculum in Medical Oncology are a set of common guidelines with a global perspective for the clinical training required for physicians to qualify as medical oncologists.

The ESMO / ASCO Global Curriculum Working Group outlined the curriculum with the goal of defining standards in guiding the training of medical oncologists worldwide and to ensure that all patients have an equal chance of receiving treatment from well-trained physicians.

The first edition of the Curriculum was published in 2004 and distributed worldwide to universities, training hospitals, and medical oncology societies. It has been published in 11 languages and used as a model for development of the speciality of medical oncology in several countries around the world. The chapters included in the second, 2010 edition of the Curriculum were shaped to a significant degree with advances in the management of patients with malignant diseases since the first edition was produced.

Building on the improvements implemented to the previous two editions, the 2016 edition has been expanded and updated by more than one hundred contributors who dedicated their oncologic and didactic expertise. The chapter/section structure has also been revised, each topic is now divided into four categories: Objectives, Awareness, Knowledge and Skills. This third edition of the Curriculum is endorsed by 47 national oncology societies worldwide.

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ESMO/ASCO Global Core Curriculum for Training in Medical Oncology Log Book

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The ESMO/ASCO Global Core Curriculum for Training in Medical Oncology Log Book was created in 2008 after the original Curriculum publication and updated in 2016. The purpose of the Log Book is to keep a record of oncology trainees’ educational programme, their progress and provide supervisors a tool in which to assess performance.

Global Core Curriculum (original 2004 version) in different languages

The translations above are based on the Curriculum published in 2004. Translations were also available in Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, these have now been replaced with tranalstions of the 2010 updated version (see the top table).

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