Are you thinking of applying to take part in an ESMO Preceptorship meeting? Previous participants share their thoughts and experiences...
"During this 2-days course I had an overview on how immunotherapy finds a place in the treatment scenario of most neoplasms: this is important especially for those who are interested in a specific field of work and need a refresh about other tumors. I found the discussion on immunotherapy toxicities very interesting and useful for everyday clinical practice. The thing I appreciated the most was the possibility to get of an outline on the most important clinical applications, as well as on the unmet needs and on the concerns coming from immunotherapy in the treatment scenario of most neoplasms. This review of the state-of-the-art made me understand what we can expect from immune checkpoint inhibitors in terms of outcomes and tolerability in clinical practice and what we should seek in future clinical research. 2020 challenged us in so many ways. As a (very) young oncologist, this year I lost the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world during international congresses, share opinions and concerns. However, I must admit that virtual events were well organized and I appreciated the effort of preserving the “questions and answers” session, in order to keep the discussion alive, even if everyone was in his own office, far away from each other."
Lodovica Zullo, Italy
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, December 2020
"I felt honoured to be part of such a brilliant meeting. This preceptorship enabled me to better understand multidisciplinary management and treatment of head and neck cancer, especially with the advent of immunotherapy and new target treatments. It enriched my notions on head and neck cancer as a Medical Oncology resident in a very practical and hands-on way. I also felt more confident about discussing clinical cases and participating in multidisciplinary team discussions. In fact, I appreciated a lot the possibility to ask questions live and to discuss very challenging clinical cases. In addition, the faculty was incredibly passionate and committed, which made the discussions absolutely engaging. Thank you ESMO for this great opportunity."
Mariana Rebordão Pires, Portugal
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Head and Neck Cancer, December 2020
"The ESMO Virtual Gastric Cancer Preceptorship provided me with up-to-date evidence in managing patients with gastric cancer, in the neo-adjuvant, adjuvant and advanced disease settings. The lectures were outstanding and the speakers extremely prepared. The lecture summaries were excellent for a person like me with almost no time and a huge clinical workload!
Participation in the virtual meeting gave me a solid understanding in the current management of gastric cancer and has made me confident in implementing this knowledge in my daily practice. It also allowed me to see the surgical and radiation oncology perspectives in better detail as well as the use of novel targets and upcoming areas of research in gastric cancer. The digital platform allowed me to easily attend the event and ask questions which were answered by leading experts in the field.
It was an excellent preceptorship, and I enjoyed it immensely. The time difference from Singapore to Australia meant it was perfect for me to participate in after work (6-9pm Australian EST). The online format also allowed me to attend during the CoVID-19 pandemic. Thank you!"
Omali Pitiyarachchi, Australia
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer, November 2020
"The ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Immunotherapy is a well programmed meeting covering from the basics of immunology to therapeutic applications. I learnt about the basic principles of immunology, tumour micro environment, rational application of biomarker testing, and most importantly, rational use of Immunotherapy - balancing the risk and benefits, costs and clinical benefit, which is most relevant in countries with limited resources like ours where patients and families have no health insurance.
I think that this virtual meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn from the international experts in the immunotherapy field. The most interesting part was case based discussions and their management. I feel lucky to have attended the course.
All the lectures were excellent with very clear take home messages. Whole heartedly, I appreciate the lecture by Dr Solange Peters about the need to balance the cost and benefits of Immunotherapy which is highly relevant to my work setting. My perception has changed, and I hope this change within myself will help my patients as well."
Venkata Pradeep Babu Koyyala, India
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, November 2020
"In the era of COVID-19 and having to step away from traditional teaching methods, delivering an engaging and glitch free preceptorship is an outstanding achievement. The faculty were passionate, encouraging and respectful of differences of opinion among colleagues and welcoming to questions from participants. It was a privilege to be able to listen to field-leading clinicians discuss and debate many important questions in the field of metastatic bladder and kidney cancer. I thoroughly enjoyed this meeting and I am very grateful to have been accepted to participate."
Penelope Edwards, United Kingdom
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Metastatic Bladder and Kidney Cancer, November 2020
"This Preceptorship provided me with knowledge about the standard of the art of Gastric Cancer treatment, with also focus on treatment evolution and new future approaches in ongoing clinical trials. The discussion of the different topics was very interesting with a panel of speakers of a wide range of specialties and I appreciated the elegance of the meeting in terms of clarity and quality of the several presentations. In my daily practice, as a medical oncologist resident, this course provided me with new tools to treat our Gastric Cancer patients in Portugal, where the incidence of this Cancer is one of the highest in Europe.Thanks for this learning opportunity. It was a great meeting, with excellent presentations."
Tiago Alpoim, Portugal
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer, October 2020
"ESMO Preceptorships have always been the conferences that I look forward to every year. They provide us with in depth and thorough discussions on the current best practices and latest updates in cancer management in a specific organ or region. I am very thankful that ESMO remained steadfast in its advocacy and mission to prepare young oncologists for the future, despite the limitations that this pandemic has posed this year. As always, I came home after this meeting full of newly acquired knowledge and insights in Breast Cancer and ever more inspired. It truly is a highly recommended activity. Thank you, ESMO!"
Katrina Gaelic Bebero, Philippines
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Breast Cancer, October 2020
"The meeting provided a wonderful overview of the latest data in the field of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. I highly appreciated the possibility to ask questions regarding the results of trials and my own patients to the well-known experts in the field. But I think that the most inspiring thing I learnt is that, despite geographical differences, the best world experts are near and are ready to help us, young doctors, sharing all their precious knowledge and experience for the best of our patients. Last but not least, it was very nice that even in the virtual format the course provided a high level of interactivity between the faculty and participants."
Marina Puchinskaya, Belarus
ESMO-The Christie Virtual Preceptorship on Lung Cancer, October 2020
"This Preceptorship has been a great opportunity to expand my knowledge on the different oncological practices in the field of Prostate Cancer across Europe. I have learned new diagnostic and treatment approaches that I will be able to use in my daily practice and that I will certainly share with my colleagues at home. Thank you to ESMO for the excellent job and for providing us, young doctors, with so many career development opportunities, especially to those living in developing countries. I am proud to be part of such a great organization as ESMO and I am looking forward to participating in a live Preceptorship soon!"
Gunel Musayeva, Azerbaijan
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, October 2020
"I joined ESMO last 2019 and was very much excited to attend preceptorship meetings offered by the society. However, the Coronavirus pandemic and the consequent travel restrictions have not made it possible to proceed with live events. Nevertheless, ESMO has adapted in such a way that it is still able to reach out to its members, particularly us, young oncologists-in-training, and made it easy for everyone to continue learning from the experts in an innovative way, in the comforts of our home and workplace. Thank you very much ESMO! I learnt a lot from this course and I will definitely change the way I handle cases in my daily routine. I am very grateful and honored that I have attended this first virtual preceptorship and took part in this great learning experience. I do hope to attend more virtual courses like this!"
Adeline Gonzales, Philippines
ESMO Virtual Preceptorship on Metastatic Bladder and Kidney Cancer, September 2020
"It was a very good experience, especially the interactive nature of it. I mostly appreciated the discussions on management of metastatic breast cancers. This meeting will have a tremendous influence on my daily practice as it has answered many of the questions I had on the management of breast cancer. I learnt a lot about the appropriate delivery of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, hormonal therapy in metastatic luminal breast cancer, as well as management of breast cancer in pregnancy."
Sam Daniel, Ghana
ESMO Preceptorship on Breast Cancer, Cape Town, February 2020
"Time for questions and confrontation was the main thing I appreciated. My experience was very positive. I enjoyed the time given to explore the molecular background of each tumour, which will guide the clinical development of new therapies in the future. We learnt about the most updated clinical practice knowledge on HBP cancers in Europe. My daily practice will be influenced as I will be able to more accurately select the right treatments for my patients."
Pietro Paolo Vitiello, Italy
ESMO Preceptorship on Advanced non Resectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma – Biliary and Pancreatic Cancer, Paris, December 2019
"I felt honoured to be a part of such a great meeting – Thank you ESMO for the opportunity. I learnt about other doctors’ approach metastatic cancers. Considering the increasing number of patients diagnosed with bladder and kidney cancer, I think this preceptorship will influence my daily practice in a very hands-on way. It was very educational and interesting to listen to both presentations and discussions. I hope I will have the chance to come back and learn more so I can use the best treatments for my patients."
Simina-Maria Dinu, Romania
ESMO Preceptorship on Metastatic Bladder and Kidney Cancer, Lugano, November 2019
"I am very thankful to the ESMO preceptorship team for giving me the opportunity to attend such a wonderful academic feast. It was a wonderful and enriching experience. The course provided a comprehensive overview of Breast Cancer management and I now have a better understanding of management of Breast Cancer in pregnancy and neo-adjuvant hormone therapy. This meeting has made me a better breast oncologist. The presentations on all the topics have made me more confident and comfortable in discussing diagnosis and programme, as well as giving bad news to my cancer patients."
Amit Sehrawat, India
ESMO preceptorship on Breast Cancer, Singapore, November 2019
"The meeting gave a comprehensive overview of immunotherapies, basic mechanisms, indications, cost effective alternative, clinical scenarios and future directions. It’s one of the best ESMO preceptorship courses I have attended. The whole meeting was carried out in such a way that everyone had a chance to clear up their doubts, discuss, share and learn. I definitely feel more confident in practicing Immuno-Oncology in clinical settings. I will be better at deciding the best possible treatment for the patient, and more capable of detecting adverse events early.The fact that some of the best speakers and renowned oncologists have travelled to come and teach us about immuno-oncology was, I feel, the best part of this preceptorship. Top quality in scientific content, discussions and hospitality."
Vinodh Kumar Selvaraj, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Singapore, November 2019
"The preceptorship was an amazing opportunity, especially for a young oncologist. I learnt about the standard of care for patients with NSCLC, the current updates in the field and the future directions of clinical trials. The chance to have in depth discussions with leading experts was very much appreciated. To some extent, this preceptorship has reformed the way I will treat my patients in the future. I also see how to improve medical practice to keep up with developed countries."
Long Nguyen, Vietnam
ESMO Preceptorship on NSCLC, Singapore, November 2019
"This programme has been a real eye-opener for me. I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from good colleagues and legendary speakers. One of the main things the preceptorship has given me, is confidence. It has also given me the knowledge of the upcoming treatment options and trials, which I plan to go through thoroughly. Though I practice in a resource challenged country and cannot follow all the treatment algorithms properly, this preceptorship has taught me the importance of evidence-based practice. I appreciated the patience from the faculty members prepared to answer all my questions."
Muhammad Abdullah-Al-Noman, Bangladesh
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastrointestinal Tumours, Singapore, November 2019
"This was my first preceptorship and I was so excited to be a part of it! I was really impressed by both the speakers and the organizing committee who took the time to make sure we had everything we needed and more. It was a good opportunity to meet professionals from different European countries, to hear about their experiences and learn about their daily practice. Furthermore, it was important for me to see the latest strategies in treatment and how it can help my work and, in the end, improve my patients’ quality of life. As a new medical oncologist, it really helped me answer a lot of questions regarding colorectal pathology and enabled me to better cope with the problems that I face on a day-to-day basis as a resident doctor."
Georgiana-Anca Pislariu, Romania
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Lugano, November 2019
"Great experience! I’d like to express my gratitude to ESMO and to all the speakers. What you are doing is invaluable to young professionals. I really appreciated the clinical case discussions we had. This course has changed my point of view and the way I deal with the locally-advanced prostate cancer and I feel that I’ve learnt much about the multidisciplinary approach."
Maria La Mantia, Italy
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Lugano, October 2019
"The experience has been great, and the speakers were the best! The preceptorship reaffirmed my belief that oncology is and must be a global issue. It is very important to share experiences, opinions and feelings with oncologists from other countries. Having learnt about epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment; I now feel more comfortable with the management of my patients diagnosed with gastric cancer. I found the whole programme to be very useful and interesting."
Jesus Manuel Poveda Ferriols, Spain
ESMO preceptorship on Gastric Cancer, Valencia, October 2019
"It was a great experience. I learnt about the principles and practice of screening, the standard care and new therapy approaches for breast cancer. I believe everything I learnt will affect my every day practice.
I really appreciated the organization and great speakers, like Dr. Fatima Cardoso, throughout the preceptorship. Thanks again ESMO for the great opportunity to attend the preceptorship and to be a part of the ESMO family!
Tinatin Bochorishvili, Georgia
ESMO Preceptorship on Breast Cancer, Lisbon, October 2019
"I loved it! It was the best course that I have attended. The speakers were nice, and the presentations were fantastic. The friendly atmosphere really helped create the best learning environment. Standard care for brain tumour patients and the most promising hypothesis for future development in the field were discussed. As I am in my first year of residency, this course was the perfect way to start my career in this field, with fresh new information to put into practice. I cannot wait for the next preceptorship course!"
Andrada Turcas, Romania
ESMO Preceptorship on Brain Tumours, Lugano, October 2019
“First of all, I want to thank ESMO and our faculty for this great opportunity to learn new approaches and to share our experience in the field of gastric cancer. This was my first preceptorship and as a result of my participation, I will implement therapies for the treatment of advanced gastric cancer and new approaches in HER 2+ patients in my everyday practice. It will now be easier for me to take an active participation in discussion of surgery in gastric cancer.”
Gulnoz Khakimova, Russian Federation
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer, Barcelona, August 2019
"Specifically targeted for young oncologist to learn from basics like pathology and treatment and ending with advanced knowledge like future updates, ESMO Preceptorships always grant high standard of teaching and learning. I would recommend all young oncologists to apply and benefit from this huge educational opportunity. The comprehensiveness of this course was incredible and what I have learnt will have a major impact in my daily practice for better selecting treatment options."
Kuruva Siva Prasad, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Metastatic Bladder and Kidney Cancer, Singapore, September 2019
"The content of this preceptorship was excellent: even with several years of experience one could learn new facts and this motivated me to implement new imaging report forms in rectal cancer to set higher standards (staging/response assessment) for example. Everything was well prepared; the presentations were excellent and the speakers were accessible and reachable. The interactivity and the possibility to network were the things I appreciated the most."
Alexander Meisel, Switzerland
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Valencia, May 2019
"This Preceptorship offered a comprehensive review of the current status of immunotherapy across different tumour types, the most recent trial results and the new insights about molecular background and biomarkers of response. The quality of the talks during these two very interactive days was very high and effective. All this will help me in delivering better, evidence based and clinically relevant care to my patients."
Caterina Aversa, United Kingdom
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Zurich, May 2019
"I've never realised Head & Neck cancer surgery could be so exciting, I honestly fell in love with all the new techniques and methods of reconstruction. I learnt the true value of MDT meetings and their impact on patient's survival. I got a glimpse of advances in H&N cancer and novel treatments available nowadays. I enjoyed the course and the experts answered all the questions I had, and I believe the knowledge they shared with us will help me make my practise more fruitful and up to date."
Elene Mariamidze, Georgia
ESMO Preceptorship on Head & Neck Cancer, Zürich, May 2019
"I appreciated the friendly confrontation during the clinical cases discussions because, as a young oncologist, I don't have all the answers, but I have a lot of questions. This preceptorship has been a good opportunity to improve and share my knowledge with other young colleagues because only sharing our knowledge today we can guide the changes in oncology tomorrow. In my future clinical practice, I will be more mindful of my patients family history since it is one of the most important yet accessible markers of a possible hereditary syndrome. So not only improve cancer treatments but prevent it can save many lives."
Giuliana Pavone, Italy
ESMO Preceptorship on Hereditary Cancer Genetics, Lugano, April 2019
"This ESMO Preceptorship was an excellent opportunity to learn and understand Head & Neck cancers from epidemiology to treatment, as well as the ongoing trials which might have a deep impact on the care approach for the near future. I will be able to evaluate my patients in a better way with the knowledge acquired and provide state-of-the art treatment. I would surely recommend this course to my colleagues as the comprehensive and multidisciplinary aspect of the discussions was simply great."
Vinodh Kumar Selvaraj, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Head & Neck Cancer, Hong Kong, April 2019
"It has been a wonderful and interesting conference enabling me to realize that I'm not alone in the fight against cancer. The participation to this preceptorship will have a great impact on my daily practice since I've enlarged my knowledge and learnt many useful and interesting options concerning the diagnosis and treatment of GEP NENs. The opportunity to discuss, interact and exchange thoughts with professionals in this field makes me more confident in organizing my daily activities and to choose the best strategy for cancer treatment."
Gor Gogchyan, Armenia
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Neoplasms, Prague, April 2019
"This Preceptorship was one of the most interesting, instructive and "open-minding" meetings I have ever attended. I have now the confirmation that lung cancer patients require a specific multidisciplinary approach and that the continuous improvement in this disease knowledge and recent advances is mandatory in order to be able to offer the best treatment options. I really appreciated the continuous interaction between the faculty and the audience. Their availability to answer all our questions made this course a valuable opportunity to grow as researchers and clinicians."
Giulia Mazzaschi, Italy
ESMO-The Christie Preceptorship on Lung Cancer, Manchester, March 2019
“First, I would like to thank ESMO for the opportunity to attend such a great preceptorship: it was an incredible experience! I have improved my knowledge in supportive and palliative care and this will help me in treating my patients more effectively. Every medical oncologist has to manage not only the specific treatments, but also the side effects induced toxicities. By participating to my first Preceptorship, my skills could really improve and with these my educational background: it is of a great importance for both personal growth and enhanced sharing of upgraded skills between team colleagues.”
Inga Shoshiashvili, Georgia
ESMO Preceptorship on Supportive and Palliative Care, Lugano, February 2019
“This meeting has underlined and reinforced the idea that a multidisciplinary approach yields the best outcomes for patients. Having a better understanding and perspective, from various specialists in the field, brought clarity on the concepts and will surely improve my daily practice and my overall patient care. I particularly appreciated the insights concerning the problem-solving approach in the heterogenous disease presentation of breast cancer.”
Ma. Theresa Buenaflor, Philippines
ESMO Preceptorship on Breast Cancer, Singapore, November 2018
“This was one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive meeting on Immuno-Oncology I have ever attended and helped me to learn concepts from the basics to the most recent advances across all tumour types. The quality of the lectures and the detailed information on both evidence-based medicine and recent advances were the hallmark of the meeting.”
Alok Gupta, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Singapore, November 2018
“I feel this meeting was excellent form the start until the end. The format of the course was set at a teaching level so that everybody could feel comfortable in freely asking questions to the speakers, which were eager to share their opinion and correct whenever needed without make us feel embarrassed. The environment was friendly and allowed the sharing of knowledge also among colleagues from different countries.”
Syed Furqan Hashmi, Pakistan
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Singapore, November 2018
“All that I have learnt during this event will constitute a significant building block in my journey as oncologist. The Preceptorship provided the right platform for me to interact with colleagues from other countries, exchange best practices, learn different cultures and most importantly create a strong network with other oncologists around the world. It also allowed me to erase boundaries and explore opportunity for international collaboration. I hope to achieve more through collaborations which will help me achieving the goal of providing access to safe, effective and sustainable treatment for my patients. Thank you ESMO for the opportunity in attending this wonderful event.”
Chih Kiang Tan, Malaysia
ESMO Preceptorship on NSCLC, Singapore, November 2018
“This was my first ESMO Preceptorship and I absolutely enjoyed it. It was a wonderful experience and a very nice update on the guidelines and data concerning GI cancers. The thing I appreciated the most was the sharing of views, ideas, research, cases and real-world practices among oncologists form different countries on a single platform. I look forward to attending other similar events in the future.”
Vivek Agarwala, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastrointestinal Tumours, Singapore, November 2018
“ESMO Preceptorship Programme is probably the best thing ESMO has ever created, talking from a young oncologist's perspective. So much benefit, from every single preceptorship I have participated so far. These courses are also useful to get prepared for the ESMO Exam and this one specifically has been one of an impressive quality. The gained knowledge made me more competent and able to give a better contribution in the multidisciplinary team meetings as well as in the and treatment decision process."
Ana Tečić Vuger, Croatia
ESMO Preceptorship on Metastatic Bladder and Kidney Cancer, Zurich, November 2018
“During this meeting I could learn the latest updates in diagnosis and management of different types of lymphoma, including some exciting trials that are in the pipeline. As a result, in my daily practice I will apply these up-to-date treatments on lymphoma and I will also remember the importance of including multidisciplinary team discussion inputs. This was my first Preceptorship and the learning opportunity is vast. I am also thankful for the opportunity of meeting fellow professionals from different countries and healthcare systems and to share our experience. This exchange between peers and with the faculty was the thing I liked the most.”
Chin Loon Neoh, United Kingdom
ESMO Preceptorship on Lymphoma, Lugano, November 2018
“This preceptorship exceeded my expectations. It covered all the major topics from screening to treating EBC to ABC in a comprehensive and interactive manner and it was helpful in questioning local practices by giving clear guidelines supported by strong evidence. I had a great experience interacting with international peers and specialists in the field and I believe I have learnt a lot in these two days.”
Ha Mo Linh Le, Belgium
ESMO Preceptorship on Breast Cancer, Lisbon, November 2018
“I am grateful to ESMO for participating in this highly-educational course where I had the opportunity to learn the basic science of Immuno-Oncology and the latest improvements in different tumour types. Thanks to this experience, I now feel more prepared to select patients for immunotherapy treatments, as well as taking care of patients and toxicity management. It was a real great chance to be updated in all aspects of the immunotherapy.”
Adela Patcas, Romania
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Zurich, November 2018
“This preceptorship offered a very valuable opportunity to get acquainted with the novelties in the therapy of prostate cancer. I have learned a lot about the classification and graduation of prostate cancer, treatment of localised prostate cancer, radiotherapy, sequencing of the therapy, as well as treatment monitoring. The communication with the faculty members was very amiable and productive. I was very pleased to meet the colleagues from all over Europe and share the different approach in treatment practices. Even during the dinner, the faculty members have always been available for discussion. They gave us their contacts and were ready to share their knowledge/experience with us.”
Petra Jurčić, Croatia
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Lugano, October 2018
“This preceptorship course provided a unique opportunity to be updated in all aspects of Gastric Cancer from different multi-disciplinary experts, e.g. good overview of all relevant clinical trials (ongoing reported), what is new in endoscopic techniques, what a surgeon would consider optimal surgery etc. This course allowed me to come up with ideas for future research and provided me with a reminder of the evidence base for some of the decisions we make in everyday practice. Really good opportunity to network, update my knowledge and understand how practice might vary in other countries. Wonderful experience, very passionate faculty.”
Shelize Khakoo, United Kingdom
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer, Valencia, September 2018
“This meeting contributed to improve my knowledge in clinical practice in brain tumours and underlined the importance of being up-to-date with the latest news as well as the importance of following up the ESMO clinical practice guidelines. Very good! I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to get in touch with such great European experts. I appreciated the informal atmosphere of the course.”
Sara Merler, Italy
ESMO Preceptorship on Brain Tumours, Athens, September 2018
“I would like to thank ESMO for this rewarding experience! By participating to this course I have consolidated my knowledge, gained tools to look at the current practice guidelines and new perspectives. The course was a thought provoking, practice-changing opportunity to interact with major experts in the field and I really appreciated how they were able to give a full picture of current clinical management in the field of mRCC and bladder cancer by merging evidence based data and real world problems.”
Shaik Maheboob Hussain, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Metastatic Bladder and Kidney Cancer, Singapore, September 2018
“The course had a fruitful, interactive and academic approach thanks to which I could clarify many concepts concerning biology of cancer, multidisciplinary management and treatment advances. This experience was extremely motivating and suits perfectly the needs of the young oncologists. Lectures were excellent, full of interesting information and the speakers were outstanding. Their clear methodology was essential to help us grab the most important concepts and take home the most important messages.”
Romeo Bani, Albania
ESMO Preceptorship on Head and Neck Cancer, Zurich, May 2018
“The participation to this ESMO Preceptorship allowed me to learn the best multidisciplinary approach by following the advices of pathologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and medical oncologists. Now I will definitely be more efficient in the multidisciplinary board discussions. It was a very interesting experience for my daily practice as well as an opportunity to network with young oncologists from all over Europe. ESMO preceptorships are a unique way to share the best practice in your field with young colleagues and faculty leaders.”
Anthony Turpin, France
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Valencia, May 2018
"This has definitely been a thought-provoking, practice-changing experience. After this, I can say that not only do I feel a better physician, but also I have the impression that I have been offered a wider perspective in an exciting and demanding discipline of oncology. After discussing with most of the other participants, I have the sense that this meeting has succeeded in conveying to us its most important message: that we should not manage AYA cancer patients as smaller versions of adults, but as unique individuals, with their own specific needs and worries that suffer from a disease with a unique biology, that calls for a specific approach."
Stavros Gkolfinopoulos, Greece
ESMO Preceptorship on AYA Malignancies, Lugano, May 2018
"It was a magnificent and eye-opening experience for which I am very grateful. It is amazing what is happening in the field of immuno-oncology and I am glad I have chosen this specialty. Thanks to this Preceptorship I have learnt that basic science is strongly correlated with clinical science and that in order to be a complete doctor you have to understand and rely on both. This meeting will definitively bring a valuable contribution to my future practice, also because the subjects were approached in a very authentic and "patient" way that made them easy to understand for young oncologists like me."
Silvana-Adelina Gheorghe, Romania
Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Lugano, May 2018
"During this meeting we had the opportunity to discuss new approaches which put patients into context as individuals, with all their needs and fears, but obviously still keeping in mind our treatment goals. I have also improved my communication skills and my clinical judgement which have become more evidence-based and patient-oriented. It has been an amazing, unforgettable and very inspiring experience. I am grateful to all the faculty members and appreciated their openness and honesty."
Nikita Shorokhov, Russian Federation
ESMO Preceptorship on Supportive and Palliative Care, Lugano, April 2018
"I have now consolidated my knowledge on NEN and the discussion with the faculty members has opened my mind about new aspects of my daily clinical research and activity. Thanks to this meeting my confidence in NEN management has increased: I gained tools to look at current guidelines with a more critical approach. It has been a very rewarding experience and an opportunity to exchange ideas with the major experts in the field and with other young colleagues. I have really appreciated how the faculty has given a full and clear picture of the current management by merging the evidence-based data with the real-world problems, hence providing us with very interesting solutions and information."
Claudia von Arx, United Kingdom
ESMO Preceptorship on Neuroendocrine Neoplasms, Lugano, April 2018
"It was a very enriching experience. I leave Manchester definitely more prepared to treat patients with lung cancer. The programme was very well balanced and it helped me organize my knowledge in lung cancer and fulfil some gaps I had, with the opportunity of questioning experts. It is always different to “learn from the books” than to have specialists in the field giving their own opinion about the data we have. Thank you for the opportunity! "
Marta Vaz Batista, Portugal
ESMO-The Christie Preceptorship on Lung Cancer, Manchester, March 2018
"This Preceptorship was overall a very positive experience. The faculty made of experts of the field was very good in explaining difficult concepts and providing a great summary of the basic science and evidence surrounding nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal cancer. The case discussions were particularly productive and raised a lot of interesting questions for future trials to address."
Lawrence Kasherman, Australia
ESMO Preceptorship on Head & Neck Cancer, Hong Kong, March 2018
"The Preceptorship was very comprehensive and informative and I really appreciated how it was able to incorporate special issues and concerns in the field that are not commonly discussed such as breast cancer in pregnancy, male breast cancer and management of elderly and young breast cancer patients."
Edgar Christian Cuaresma, Philippines
ESMO Preceptorship on Breast Cancer, Singapore, November 2017
"This course was very well organized and lectures were designed to allow adequate discussions and comments pertaining to each topic. Immunotherapy might be the future of our daily clinical oncology practice and thanks to this programme I have improved my knowledge in this field."
Rammohan Prasanna, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Singapore, November 2017
"I have really appreciated the clarity of the trials review and how the faculty gave an interesting picture of the evolving landscape of prostate cancer. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this Preceptorship, it was the best event I have been to this year."
Vanessa Wong, Australia
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Singapore, November 2017
“I really appreciate the dedication of ESMO in delivering world-class education to everyone and its commitment to improve knowledge, advance science and possible cancer cures.
In my last experience at the NSCLC Preceptorship all the presentations and their contents were clear and very useful.”
Karthikeyan Perumal, India
ESMO Preceptorship on NSCLC, Singapore, November 2017
"Preceptorship courses are excellent opportunities to gain updated and authentic knowledge along with building professional relationships. During these meetings you can exchange your views and easily ask questions to the faculty in order to get appropriate solutions to real practice problems."
Mishra Ashutosh, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastrointestinal Tumours, Singapore, November 2017
“By participating to this meeting, I could discover new possibilities in therapy strategies but also in prevention and imaging of Breast Cancer. I had the opportunity to hear about the latest findings in the field and on the communication with patients. The faculty members were excellent in their presentations and in sharing knowledge, with their winning familial easy-to talk to- approach. The programme was very well picked. Thanks to all this I will be more confident with the latest data and in discussing treatment options in our tumour board and I will advise my patients about their disease and therapy possibilities in a more sensitive way. ”
Frederike Klaassen Federspiel, Austria
ESMO Breast Preceptorship, Lisbon, November 2017
“ESMO Preceptorships is about learning, sharing knowledge and networking at the same time. My experience at this meeting was totally positive, either for the scientific environment I plunged in and for the logistic organization. I had the opportunity to learn new notions and refresh my knowledge. All this will help me in choosing the right treatment for my patients relying on evidence based results.”
Giulia Orsi, Italy
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Zurich, November 2017
"The participation to this meeting has allowed me to redefine the importance of continuing education: it is only through frequent updates that we can deliver the best diagnosis and treatment options possible. I appreciated the perfect organization of the event, the comprehensive information and high level of the invited speakers. This meeting is a model of top educational event for young oncologists."
Calogero Mazzara, Switzerland
ESMO Preceptorship on Lymphoma, Lugano, November 2017
"The great structure of this course allowed a fluid and stress-free learning. The Faculty proposed a complete and pragmatic overview of the management of Colorectal Cancer patients and covered daily practice issues as well as unanswered questions to be investigated in possible trials. I could better understand the tumour type attribution and their new compounds development correspondence."
Jessica Menis, France
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Barcelona, October 2017
“This Preceptorship has left me with a very interesting and pleasant memory. Like all ESMO events, it was a truly rewarding experience providing evidence-based information and true guidance in the presented field. The participation in this ESMO course will give me the certainty that when I will be treating patients, I will be doing all that I can, according to the highest standard of care, provided by highly experienced and performant specialists.”
Luminita Gurguta, Romania
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Lugano, October 2017
"This Preceptorship provided a bigger picture of the epidemiology, pathology, molecular biology, diagnostic approaches and treatment of Gastric Cancer than any other event. I will now consider additional aspects such as tumour heterogeneity when treating individual patients, and I will also make sure that the practice changing results of recent trials are implemented in my center. It is really amazing how dedicated ESMO is to education: we share the same goal - improving patient care - and I think that giving the same access opportunities to young oncologists from wealthy and less wealthy countries, as ESMO does, is crucial for this common objective."
Nina Fokter Dovnik, Slovenia
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer , Valencia, October 2017
“Participating in this meeting brought me a new awareness on the importance of sharing my opinion with other specialists in the management of patients with colorectal cancer to ensure a multidisciplinary decision making process. Given the content of the course, I will also much more consider the use of locoregional approaches other than surgery. The nice environment of this very informative meeting brought me to the conclusion that ESMO young oncologists are the beating heart of an innovative oncology consisting of new ideas and career opportunities.”
Elisa Giommoni, Italy
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Valencia, May 2017
“The conference was well organised, comprehensive and very enjoyable. The speakers were well-rehearsed and the material was well tailored to the audience. The opportunity to meet young oncology trainees from across the continent was fairly unique and certainly worthwhile. In terms of the presented material, I thought that there was a good mix of basic/translational science and clinical information. I would highly recommend this course to all my colleagues, since it was a fantastic and memorable couple of days!”
Amit Samani, United Kingdom
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Amsterdam, May 2017
“Excellent interaction with the faculty! The meeting was very well organised and structured. Enough time was given to the participants to discuss interesting clinical cases. By attending this preceptorship, not only could I refresh my knowledge on Neuroendocrine Neoplasms, benefiting the most from such a multidisciplinary approach, but I have also improved my knowledge on various aspects of it, especially in the areas of radiology, nuclear medicine and surgery.”
Danilo Martinovic, Germany
ESMO Preceptorship on Neuroendocrine Neoplasms, Prague, April 2017
“This preceptorship has been a wonderful experience! Definitely a great opportunity to learn about the management of ovarian cancer from surgery to the new horizons. Excellent faculty!!! Clinical case discussions were very interesting. I’ve learnt much about the best clinical practice and how to improve patients’ outcomes, to focus on new clinical trials, new treatment pathways and future perspectives. It has been a great opportunity to meet experts and fellows from all over Europe, to share our clinical experience and clinical cases and keep contacts for future collaborations”
Eleonora Ghisoni, Italy
ESMO Preceptorship on Ovarian Cancer, Prague, April 2017
“The participation to this meeting had broaden my knowledge and critical reading of clinical trials, which will allow me to communicate better with my patients and answer their questions. It was also a great opportunity to exchange clinical daily practice with other participants. The thing I appreciated the most about this course was the high level of educational performance of the speakers, which allowed me to get familiar to standards of lung cancer treatment in other countries in Europe.”
Weronika Maria Szejniuk, Denmark
ESMO-The Christie Preceptorship Lung Cancer, Manchester, March 2017
“Thank you ESMO for this opportunity! This event was very well organized. I had the opportunity to learn about new data related to fatigue, anorexia, nutrition and cachexia, as well as psychological issues and communication skills during the end-of-life talks. I will try to develop good communication skills in my daily practice. It was also very interesting to exchange opinions with colleagues coming from all Europe.”
Jelena Dimitrijevic, Serbia
ESMO Preceptorship on Supportive and Palliative Care, Zurich, February 2017
“I am very grateful for the great opportunity I had to attend this unique Preceptorship. It gave me the chance to understand from different perspectives the field of Immuno-Oncology. The meeting has also been a great opportunity to attend the lectures of leading experts. As we do not have this kind of events in Poland, it was very important for my education and inspiring for the development of the research project in vulvar cancer. It was also a pleasure to take part in the networking dinner, where I met all the colleagues from all over Europe and discussed future projects.”
Kamil Zalewski, Poland
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Madrid, February 2017
“ESMO meetings always give me a new experience beyond my expectation. The qualification and credibility of the Faculty members to guide the topics is absolutely influencing our knowledge and determination. I have also appreciated the validity of recent publications and data presented by the Faculty. The discussions and the ESMO guidelines are a reference point to me in order to update my department’s protocols and achieve better outcomes.”
Juli Jamnasi, Indonesia
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Singapore, December 2016
“I truly learned a lot! The Faculty focused on liquid biopsy and immunotherapy use. I received a lot of updates on scenarios that I also see every day in my clinic. There will be a few adjustments that I will have to make based on Faculty input. The interactive format of the event was very helpful in getting the attention of the audience. The Faculty showed insight in giving suggestions about how clinical decisions should be made.”
Jaime Enrique Hilado, Philippines
ESMO Preceptorship on NSCLC, Singapore, December 2016
“This experience was great! This course has provided me a platform to interact, exchange information and learn from the clinical experience of oncologists coming from all over the world. The clinical cases discussions helped me to learn how to manage different clinical scenarios and the knowledge acquired during this event will allow me to take better decisions when I treat patients. It will also help me to discuss all the possible treatment options with the patient in order to take better decisions.”
Deepthi Valiyaveettil, India
ESMO Preceptorship on NSCLC, Singapore, December 2016
“Fantastic series of experienced lecturers from basics of Immuno-Oncology and Immuno-Therapy to translational work. This event helped me to understand intricate details and put things into perspective, especially during the clinical cases discussions. It was definitely helpful to focus on basic biology, as we increasingly use more immunotherapy as standard practice, especially in managing toxicities. Excellent organization, including venue and food. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I will go home to tell other trainee colleagues to come.”
Jonathan Lim, United Kingdom
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Zurich, November 2016
"During the Preceptorship I obtained lots of useful notions, especially on new treatment approaches for different malignancies, clinical trials and adoptive T-cell transfer. The presentations were full of interesting data and at the same time easy to understand. Now I can recognize the importance of signalling pathways and I changed my opinion about possible effects of vaccines. I would like to express my gratitude to ESMO for such an excellent opportunity. Sharing opinions and experience with my colleagues from all over the world brought me to a comprehensive view on Immuno-Oncology. Many thanks!"
Evgenia Kharchenko, Russian Federation
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Zurich, November 2016
"It was a nice experience! I think I will change few things in the treatment of Hodgkin’s disease and in the methods of follow-up patients diagnosis with HHL. I liked the practical aspects learned in the management of patients and the interaction during the discussions. I appreciated the fact that all the recommendations were based on evidence from clinical trials and the personal opinions of the Faculty were separated."
Ana-Maria Moldovianu, Romania
ESMO Preceptorship on Lymphoma, Madrid, November 2016
"This preceptorship meeting provided me with comprehensive topics and multidisciplinary expertise to improve the benefits of our patients’ treatments. Our daily practice will surely adopt the most recent recommendations by ESMO to achieve better results and quality of life of our patients. The experience has been superb and beyond expectations. I am very excited about learning and discussing issues with the experts. I sincerely thank the Committee and especially ESMO to make this happen."
Juli Jamnasi, Indonesia
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastrointestinal Tumours, Singapore, October 2016
"This event helped me on my research project on Master Cells and Molecular Biology. I feel I have been fully equipped to go and face my studies. I have enjoyed many presentations and clinical cases. The course was very well organised and I really appreciated to see professionals working from all angles in order to find breakthroughs in cancer treatments. I especially would like to thank all the staff for the event planning, the cooperation and the good accommodation."
Jenipher Choto, United Kingdom
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Amsterdam, September/October 2016
"This was my second Preceptorship and ESMO has once again surprised me. The most informative part of the course was the discussion of treatment options in triple negative breast cancer and I am sure it will have a positive effect on my daily practice. For young oncologists like me these are precious moments to learn from high level professionals. I would rate the course as excellent."
Narmin Talibova, Azerbaijan
ESMO Preceptorship on Breast Cancer, Lisbon, September 2016
"The Lisbon Breast Cancer Preceptorship was an important experience for my professional life. I found every moment worthwhile. From now on I will look in a new light the disease and the treatment options. I would like to say thank you to ESMO for giving me the opportunity to be a participant and to attend these refined activities. Colleagues and experts from all over the world were open to share their experience and offer excellent advices in daily practice."
Emoke Palyi-Kiss, Romania
ESMO Preceptorship on Breast Cancer, Lisbon, September 2016
"I appreciated the great, open and welcoming atmosphere I found at this very well organised meeting! I gained new knowledge about molecular profiles in colorectal cancer and I could acquire a better overview of new trials. I think that the background knowledge I have obtained will help me in making better treatment decisions. In addition, the speakers were very engaging and gave great lectures."
Bodil Engelmann, Denmark
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Prague, July 2016
"This was my first preceptorship: I can say that this type of educational events is very beneficial for young oncologists. This course included the presentation of the newly published ESMO Consensus guidelines which helped me to better understand the strategy I should follow with my patients with Metastatic Cancer. I appreciated the support of ESMO, the well organised sessions and also the high calibre Faculty members."
Ahmed Ramadan, Denmark
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Prague, July 2016
"This meeting was amazing, really useful and exciting for several reasons: good quality of the programme and speakers, networking with colleagues and experts from different countries/institutions and, last but not least, excellent location, organization and kindness of all the staff. I believe that what I learnt by participating made me more confident in my knowledge and will guide me in my future studies."
Cinzia Solinas, Belgium
ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Siena, July 2016
"I would rate this experience as excellent! Much better and more informative than any other conference on prostate cancer I have ever attended. The comprehensive nature of the course, covering all aspects of prostate cancer management, in addition to its interactivity, created a perfect match. I would definitively like to be part of other Preceptorships in the future."
Alok Gupta, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Prague, June 2016
"It has been a "full immersion event" allowing me to get familiar with advances and standards of care in management of gastric cancer. I particularly enjoyed the possibility to talk with the speakers during the discussion time and the breaks. I also loved the clinical cases discussion because some of them were really challenging and gave me the opportunity to check what I’ve learned in the first day and revise my approach according to the presentations!"
Dorota Nowakowska, Poland
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer Prague, June 2016
"This has been a wonderful experience. This was my first ESMO conference and I was absolutely impressed by the Faculty members, the content of their presentations and the interesting modes of delivery. In addition to that, the relaxed atmosphere of the meeting was perfect to learn about improving oncology care with evidence based medicine."
John Tabiri Abebrese, Belarus
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer, Prague, June 2016
"I had an excellent overview of current evidence in Colorectal Cancer research that will impact my present practice helping me making better decisions and giving me more confidence in defining treatment strategies. This course was a great opportunity for me since I am still at the beginning of my clinical practice: for this reason, I could not share a significant experience but I felt confidant to ask questions and to interact with the experts in this friendly environment."
Maria João Silva, Portugal
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Valencia, May 2016
"It was an excellent experience! A great opportunity for trainees to get a brilliant overview of relevant topics on management of Colorectal Cancer as well as an insight into practices in different countries and last but not least, the chance to meet other trainees from across Europe. I also appreciate the opportunity to listen to experts in the field and speak directly with them".
Alexa Childs, United Kingdom
ESMO Preceptorship on Colorectal Cancer, Valencia, May 2016
"An enriching experience I would recommend to everyone! I found this preceptorship on lung cancer very educational and well organised – a good balance between the update on recent studies and the clinical practice approach. I am sure some of the latest data from clinical trials will be of benefit to my daily practice."
Giulia Buzzati, Italy
ESMO Preceptorship on Lung Cancer, Manchester, February 2016
"I would like to say thank you very much to ESMO for the great organisation of the preceptorships, the warm welcoming and the hard work you are doing for us. I would leave a very positive feedback on the previous course of ESMO, the Gastric Cancer Preceptorship in Brussels. I must say that the sessions were with no doubt of a very high quality and interesting, the speakers were very open to discussions. As far as the organisation was concerned, I would have no comment, excellent venue, housing and very accessible location from Europe."
Andra Piciu, Romania
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer, Brussels, September 2015
"I found that ESMO Preceptorship on gastric cancer was a rewarding experience that I would definitely recommend to anyone who are in training. It helps to learn, share knowledge and better understand oncology from different points of view"
Carmen Herrero, Spain
ESMO Preceptorship on Gastric Cancer, Brussels, September 2015
"The Prague Immuno-oncology Preceptorship was a great success and I feel privileged to have been involved with this with my colleague Olivier Michelin. We welcomed sixty young oncologists from all over the world (Australia, India, Vietnam, Lebanon, Ukraine, and Europe). The faculty was made up of international experts from a broad range of tumour-types who shared a common interest in immuno-oncology and an enthusiasm for education and research. The programme left plenty of time for discussion and indeed it was these interactions that were key to the success of the Preceptorship. All delegates submitted a case for discussion and five were selected for presentation. These were of a very high standard and represented a broad range of disease-types and challenging questions, congratulations to the presenters.
Immuno-oncology is changing how we treat cancer patients. It will be our young colleagues who have to develop and deliver the promise of this treatment approach. I learnt a lot at this meeting and I feel the attendees did as well. Congratulations to ESMO for organising and supporting such a worthwhile educational event."
Paul Lorigan, United Kingdom
Co-Chair ESMO Preceptorship on Immuno-Oncology, Prague, October 2015
"Words cannot fully express how much I appreciate the chance ESMO gave me as an young oncologist to attend a preceptorship meeting. I had the opportunity to improve my knowledge and to meet and discuss with top oncologists around the Europe. After the meeting I felt one step up in my career."
Lika Katselashvili, Georgia
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Prague, April 2015
"I always find all the ESMO faculties, staff and participants very warm and welcoming to discussions and suggestions during and after meetings. I recently participated in the Preceptorship Meeting on Prostate Cancer and I found every moment worthwhile, just like previous ESMO Meetings. I am especially thankful to ESMO for their generous support in the form of travel grants which enable young oncologists to attend these highly refined educational activities, which will have a tangible impact in sharpening and shaping their oncology career."
Surendra Pal Chaudhary, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Prostate Cancer, Prague, April 2015
"Sara Valpione, from Italy found that the preceptorship was a great experience, with a professional and friendly atmosphere. “The sessions were interactive with ample discussions with The Christie faculty and participants” said Madiha Kanwal from China. Sunishtha Yadav from India highlighted that such meetings are very important for Clinical/Medical Oncologists and Scientists/Researchers alike: “The meeting focused on both translational research and the medical implementation. Furthermore, this provides a platform for networking and vital exchange of knowledge”."
From left: Sara Valpione, Italy; Madiha Kanwal, China and Sunishtha Bhatia, India
ESMO Preceptorship on Immunotherapy, January 2015