In December 2016, we announced the launch of the Global Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship 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. As a global society, our mission is to enhance the care of women with gynecologic cancer worldwide through education and training and public awareness. The Global Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program will further this mission by training a new generation of gynecologic oncologists.
With extensive input from Linus Chuang, Joe Ng and Tom Randall, the objectives of the Program have been formalized and a comprehensive web-based curriculum developed. The curriculum is adaptable by each site to reflect the local needs and resources. The Program’s structure is as follows:
Five pilot sites launched the program in 2017:
Da Nang Oncology Hospital, Vietnam
Hospital Central de Maputo, Mozambique
The University of the West Indies (Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago)
St. Paul’s Hospital & Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia
Moi University, Kenya
The International Mentors have been traveling regularly to the global sites to launch the programs and provide training and education. Tumor boards utilizing Project ECHO have started in Vietnam and Mozambique with cases presented by the Global Fellows and feedback, guidance and mentoring provided by the Local and International Mentors as well as IGCS member volunteers. Project ECHO tumor boards will begin in the West Indies, Kenya, and Ethiopia this fall. We are planning to expand the program to additional sites in 2018 including Fiji (mentored by New Zealand), Guatemala (mentored by Colombia) and Liberia (mentored by USA).
The IGCS is fortunate to have a large membership that strives to continually improve the gynecologic cancer prevention and treatment globally.
Michael Quinn, AM, MGO
Kathleen Schmeler, MD