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Status of Medical Oncology in Europe

MOSES Survey

The ESMO Medical Oncology Status in Europe Survey (MOSES) was conducted in 2008 and 2006 to evaluate the status of medical oncology in Europe with special regard to:

  • Recognition of medical oncology as an independent speciality
  • Undergraduate and post-graduate education and training
  • Specialisation and sub-specialisations of oncology
  • Certification and continuing medical education
  • Patterns of care and multidisciplinary collaboration

The survey aims were:

  • Identifying and understanding the strengths, weaknesses, inequalities, and areas of necessary improvement in the field and practice of medical oncology, regarding professional education and training, healthcare facilities, and national programmes
  • Gaining a better understanding of the role ESMO can take in helping countries face the challenge of reducing disparities in the quality of care available to patients
  • Establishing further evidence of the need to recognise medical oncology as an independent speciality at a European level
  • Understanding of the role 'optimal' resources plays in improving the outcome of cancer diseases

The survey results supported ESMO’s efforts to achieve the recognition of medical oncology as an official professional qualification in the European Union in 2011.

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