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. The guidelines outline the clinical training required for physicians to qualify as medical oncologists.
Members of the ESMO-ASCO Global Core Curriculum Task Force worked together to outline the curriculum. Their goal was to define standards that will guide the training of medical oncologists worldwide. The goal was also to help 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. Published in 11 different languages, many countries use the model for developing the specialty of medical oncology in 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.
Translations of the Second Edition Curriculum
See below to find the second edition Curriculum translated into different languages (updated as translations become available).
Global Curriculum for Training in Medical Oncology Log Book
The purpose of the Log Book is to keep a record of oncology trainees' educational program and their progress. Supervisors can use this record as a tool to assess trainees’ performance. Note that the Log Book is currently based on the first edition of the Curriculum.
Download the 2016 Log Book
Download the 2008 Log Book