Training global oncologists | Frontiers in Oncology | Epub
“There is a vital need to train global oncologists to work with colleagues in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) to develop sustainable capacity and infrastructure for clinical oncology care, research and education […] The global burden of cancer in LMICs is rising and it is imperative that the global oncology community contributes to a solution.”
This commentary, published in Frontiers of Oncology by experts at a number of leading institutions throughout the United States and Canada, discusses the importance of improving training in global oncology and potential ways to build on the successes of current efforts in this arena.
The authors present a number of current models, including:
- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s Health Volunteers Overseas program
- Short term elective rotations for medical residents at cancer centers in LMICs
- International pediatric oncology twinning programs
- 1-2 year research and leadership residencies at Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence (BCCOE) in Rwanda
- The AMPATH partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine and the Moi University of Medicine in Kenya
The article also discusses the need for strengthened human resources, and potential models to duplicate, particularly in surgical oncology and radiation oncology specifically.