Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program
A Global Approach to a Global Problem
The IGCS is launching the Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program, a comprehensive two-year education and training program designed for regions around the world that do not currently have formal training in gynecologic oncology. The program will match institutions and individuals from higher resource settings with partners in lower resource settings wishing to obtain formal gynecologic oncology training (twinning). The specific goals of the program will be to:
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive two-year web based curriculum for local gynecologic oncology training and education that can be adapted by each region/program to reflect local needs and facilities.
- Select trainees from lower resource settings (gynecologic oncology fellows) who will be paired with local mentor(s) from their home program as well as fully trained gynecologic oncologist(s) from a mentoring institution.
- Establish minimum requirements for the gynecologic oncology fellows to complete the program and receive a certificate following an examination and completion of the two-year training program.
- Hold monthly tumor boards where the fellows and mentors review cases and participate in ongoing learning and mentoring opportunities.
- Establish a program for the international mentor(s) to travel to the fellow institution at regular intervals for hands-on surgical training and in-person teaching.
- Facilitate and support the fellows’ travel to the mentoring institution for up to three months for training and education.
The following pilot sites will implement the Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program beginning in 2017:
- Da Nang General Hospital, Vietnam in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA and the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
- Hospital Central de Maputo, Mozambique in collaboration with Barretos Cancer Hospital, Barretos, Brazil and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas, USA
- The University of the West Indies (Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago) in collaboration with the University of Miami, Florida, USA
- Paul’s Hospital and Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan, USA and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
- Moi University, Moi, Kenya and the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
If successful, this program will be expanded to additional sites around the world interested in accessing specialty training in gynecologic oncology. A parallel curriculum will be developed in radiation oncology.
The program is not yet open to application. When IGCS is accepting applications to participate in the program, an email announcement will be sent to our mailing list and this webpage will be updated with information regarding the application and selection process.
Changes to the Traveling Scholars Program
Over the past several years, IGCS has funded a traveling scholars program aimed at giving young doctors from emerging countries exposure to major gynecological cancer centers. This program has been very popular and well received. With the development of our Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program described above, and our new, more focused teaching and training strategies, future funding will be directed into this program which will include a 3 month observorship for each trainee to undertake as part of the two-year program. The current IGCS Council is very aware of the popularity of the scholarships and will be seeking alternative funding sources as part of its work over the next two years.