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Recommendations for a Global Curriculum in Medical Oncology


ESMO/ASCO Recommendations for a Global Curriculum in Medical Oncology – Edition 2023 is co-published in ESMO Open and JCO Global 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 specialty 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 section/chapter structure has also been revised. The quality of the learning objectives of each topic is now divided into three categories: Awareness, Knowledge and Skills. This third edition of the Curriculum is endorsed by 51 national oncology societies worldwide.

Since the latest edition in 2016, there has been an explosion of new therapies and new indications; advances in cellular therapy, refinement of molecular pathology and precision oncology, in imaging knowledge, practices and cancer control principles. To keep at pace with the developments in the oncology field, more than 150 authors appointed by ESMO and ASCO have thoroughly reviewed and created a new 2023 Curriculum edition in an effort for its implementation in medical oncology academic circles.

If you are interested to translate the latest Curriculum version at your native language, or organise implementation at your training site/university please contact us at globalcurriculum@esmo.org or international@asco.org

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

The ESMO / ASCO Global Curriculum for Training in Medical Oncology Log Book was created in 2008 (first edition) after the original Curriculum publication and updated in 2016 (second edition). The Log Book – Edition 2017 (third edition) refers to the ESMO / ASCO Recommendations for a Global Curriculum in Medical Oncology ― Edition 2016.
The purpose of the Log Book is to keep a record of oncology trainees’ educational programme, their progress and provide mentors a tool in which to assess performance.

If you are interested to receive a print copy of the Log Book – Edition 2017, please contact us (Select ‘Education & Research' and then Curriculum under Education request).

Global Curriculum 2010 Edition in different languages


Global Curriculum (2010)


2010 Update of the ESMO/ASCO Global Curriculum for Training in Medical Oncology


Κατευθυντήριες Οδηγίες για έναν, Παγκόσμιο Οδηγό Εκπαίδευσης στην Παθολογική Ογκολογία, Επικαιροποίηση του 2010


ESMO/ASCO Ajánlások  Globális Tantervre az Orvosi Onkológiában: 2010 Update


ESMO/ASCO Raccomandazioni per un curriculum globale in Oncologia Medica - Aggiornamento 2010




ESMO/ASCO Recomendações para um Currículo em Oncologia Clínica Actualização de 2010


ЕSMO ASCO РЕКОМЕНДАЦИИ по подготовке врачеи онкологов специализирующихся в области лекарственного лечения злокачественных новообразовании - Обновление 2010 г.


ESMO/ASCO Preporuke za osnovni plan i program obrazovanja u internističkoj (medikalnoj) onkologiji: Ažurirano 2010


ESMO/ASCO Recomendaciones para un Currículo Global en Oncología Médica - Version Actualizada (2010)

Global Core Curriculum 2004 Edition in different languages


Global Core Curriculum (2004)


Препоръки за Глобална Основна Учебна Програма по Химиотерапия /Медицинска Онкология/




Recommendations for a Global core curriculum in medical oncology


Recommandations pour un curriculum global unique en Oncologie Médicale


Empfehlungen für das Globale Curriculum in Internistischer Onkologie


ESMO/ASCO Darba grupas Kopejo pamata programmu medikamentozaja onkologija

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 translations of the 2010 updated edition (see the top table).

Download the log book 2008

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