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This educational course on medical oncology is organised by top academic experts in the field of medical oncology in synergy with the ESMO Young Oncologists Committee.

Through a condensed, high-standard educational programme, we aim to motivate medical students to choose medical oncology as a career. The intention is to attract and engage the brightest and most dedicated students to commit to working in this fast-evolving field to the benefit of cancer patients as ultimate goal.

Download the preliminary programme

Course objectives

  • To provide an insight into medical oncology, filling the gap in the medical student’s curriculum
  • To present and discuss clinical cases with a multidisciplinary approach
  • To start a dialogue with the student community through a tailor-made course enhancing and broadening medical students’ education and learning experience

Main topics

  • A practical approach to cancer diagnosis, staging, prognosis and therapy
  • Principles of medical therapy for cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Melanoma and brain tumours
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Renal cell carcinoma
  • Testicular cancer

Course format

  • Five-day residential course
  • Open to fourth and fifth year medical students
  • Interactive teaching and workshop
  • Free online access to educational course material
  • A final ‘test your knowledge’ exam


  • Teresa Amaral, Tübingen, Germany
  • Andrés Cervantes, Valencia, Spain
  • Nicholas Pavlidis, Ioannina, Greece


  • Giulia Baciarello, Milan, Italy
  • Susana Banerjee, London, United Kingdom
  • Gema Bruixola, Valencia, Spain 
  • Ana Bosch, Lund, Sweden
  • Giuseppe Curigliano, Milan, Italy 
  • Rafal Dziadziuszko, Gdansk, Poland 
  • Valentina Gambardella, Valencia, Spain
  • Paloma Martin, Valencia, Spain
  • Erika Martinelli, Naples, Italy 
  • Christoph Oing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Fedro Peccatori, Milan, Italy
  • Rolf A. Stahel, Bern, Switzerland

Benefits of attending

  • A unique opportunity to gain clear insight into the medical oncology field before selecting your specialisation
  • Lectures are designed to ensure interaction between participants and the faculty – enabling you to learn in a more dynamic and stimulating context
  • The format will include several clinical case discussions to put data into perspective for clinical practice
  • Meet, network and discuss with international experts in oncology
  • Share experiences and network with other international students, all focused on identifying their future profession

Certificate of attendance

A certificate of attendance will be provided to each student at the end of the course. (Attendance of ALL course lectures/workshops is mandatory.)

Best Student Award

The participant with the highest score in the course exam will be offered the opportunity to participate in the ESMO Congress 2022 (a 1000 euro grant will be offered), and to join the Congress Poster Walk for students.

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