Gynecologic Oncology
Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program

The IGCS Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program, is a comprehensive two-year education and training program designed for regions around the world that do not currently have formal training in gynecologic oncology.

When physicians in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) do not have access to specialty training, they are unequipped to treat the high volume of patients presenting with cancer and leaving women without the specialty care they need for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and other gynecologic malignancies. Given the rising rates of cancer in LMICs, there is a critical need to train and educate local physicians to address this epidemic.

The IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program matches individuals from higher resource settings (International Mentors) with partners in lower resource settings wishing to obtain formal gynecologic oncology training (twinning). The program is meant to serve as a capacity building initiative, investing in the effectiveness and future sustainability of each individual training program. Our team of volunteer mentors works with the local faculty and trainees at each participating institution to develop even greater capacity for clinical care, research and education related to gynecologic cancers.

For more information about the Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program, please contact Mary Eiken at mary.eiken@igcs.org.

Program Chairs

Linus Chuang, MD
USA

Thomas Randall, MD
USA

Program Elements:
  • Each training site is paired with an International Mentor or Mentors, who is an IGCS member that has an existing relationship with the site.
  • The Mentors are responsible for tracking the fellow’s progress by reviewing case logs, completing bi-annual In Training Evaluation Forms, and facilitating monthly quizzes and reading assignments.
  • The Mentors will travel to the training site twice per year to provide hands-on surgical training and in-person education.
  • The IGCS Fellows travel to Mentor’s institution for a 1-3 month observership
  • The Fellows present cases to Mentors, colleagues and other IGCS members in a monthly virtual tumor board
  • Fellow has completed the program, an oral structured clinical final examination will be administered on site by a member of the IGCS Global Curriculum Examination Committee. The Fellow will receive an IGCS Certificate of Completion after completing all program requirements and passing the examination.

2018-2019 Training Sites
Bahamas

Training Site:
University of the West Indies, Bahamas

International Mentors
Dr. Matthew Schlumbrecht (USA)
Dr. Brian Slomovitz (USA)

Learn more about the program in the Bahamas

Ethiopia

Training Sites:
St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College
Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa

Mentoring Institutions:
Dr. Rahel Ghebre (USA)
Dr. Carolyn Johnston (USA)

Learn more about the program in Ethiopia

Fiji

Training Site:
Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Fiji

International Mentors:
Dr. Ai Ling Tan (New Zealand)
Dr. Peter Sykes (New Zealand)

Learn more about the program in Fiji

Guatemala

Training Site:
Hospital San Juan de Dios, Guatemala

International Mentor
Dr. Rene Pareja (Colombia)

Learn more about the program in Guatemala 

Jamaica

Training Site:
University of the West Indies, Jamaica

International Mentors
Dr. Ian Harley (Northern Ireland)

Learn more about the program in Jamaica

Kenya

Training Site:
Moi University

International Mentors:
Dr. Allan Covens (Canada)
Dr. Barry Rosen (USA)

Learn more about the program in Kenya

Mozambique

Training Site:
Hospital Central de Maputo, Mozambique

International Mentors:
Dr. Kathleen Schmeler (USA)
Dr. Renato Moretti Marques (Brazil)
Dr. Georgia Fontes Cintra (Brazil)
Dr. Mila Salcedo (Brazil)
Dr. Andre Lopes (Brazil)
Dr. Marcelo Viera (Brazil)

Learn more about the program in Mozambique

Nepal

Training Site:
Civil Service Hospital, Nepal

International Mentor:
Dr. Asima Mukhopadhyay (India)

Learn more about the program in Nepal

Qatar

Training Site:
Hamad Medical Corporation Women’s Hospital, Qatar

Uganda

Training Site: 
Uganda Cancer Institute

International Mentors:
Dr. Paula Lee (USA)
Dr. Stefanie Ueda (USA)

Learn more about the program in Uganda

Vietnam

Training Site:
Da Nang Oncology Hospital, Vietnam

International Mentors:
Dr. Tri Dinh (USA)
Dr. Joseph Ng (Singapore)
Dr. Linda Van Le (USA)

Learn more about the program in Vietnam 

Zambia

Training Site:
Women and Newborn Hospital, Zambia

International Mentors:
Dr. Groesbeck Parham (USA)
Dr. Michael Hicks (USA)

Learn more about the program in Zambia

Updates and News

Publications in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
April 03, 2019
Corners of the World

IGCS Fellows attend the 2018 Stop Cervical, Breast & Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference

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