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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 488
 

Summer school in oncology - setting a benchmark in inspiring the future oncologists - a surgical postgraduate's perspective


Department of Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery, Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication21-Feb-2018

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Dr. K N Rao
Department of Otolaryngology and Head Neck Surgery, Grant Medical College and Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_254_17

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Rao K N, Jagade M V. Summer school in oncology - setting a benchmark in inspiring the future oncologists - a surgical postgraduate's perspective. Indian J Cancer 2017;54:488

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Sir,

Summer school in oncology is a 2-week event directed toward teaching the fundamentals of oncology to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) medical students conducted at Tata Memorial Centre (TMC).[1] The event is an innovative initiative by the two giants in global cancer care - King's College London and Tata Memorial Centre. The year 2017 marks the third anniversary of this event.[2]

The PG and UG students from various medical colleges in India [3] are nominated by their respective deans, where the students are selected by the Tata Memorial Centre based on the academic merit.

Summer school consists of two sessions – morning and afternoon sessions. The morning sessions of first 2 days emphasized on the basics of cancer etiology, genomics, pathophysiology, screening, and insights into the evolution of cancer surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. The afternoon sessions consisted of a comprehensive-guided tour by respective subject experts in Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Brachytherapy, Teletherapy, Histopathology, and Molecular Genetics Departments.

The limelight of the event was the site-specific multidisciplinary team meetings (MDMs), where a convener presents the case to the panel consisting of a surgeon, oncophysician, radiotherapist, radiologist, nuclear medicine specialist, and palliative care specialist. The specialist faculty included well-known scholars from TMC and King's College. The case scenarios were discussed starting from the symptoms to latest modalities in its treatment in a concise and understandable manner. The sessions were extremely interactive, thought provoking, and unique from the routine UG and PG teaching.

It was learnt that the TMC works similar to the MDM lectures, having regular joint clinics (JCs) and disease management groups (DMGs) in their daily outpatient departments.[4] Emphasis was laid on the need for national cancer grid, redefining cancer care, establishing uniform standards of patient care, cancer research, and training.

Other aspects of cancer care such as palliation, cancer research, and cancer survivorship were pointed out.

The event has set a benchmark for the UG and PG cancer teaching in India. It was also successful in instilling the values and principles of a cancer patient care in the hearts of the students. The TMC and King's scholars were instrumental in motivating at least a fraction of students to pursue oncology as their future field of specialization.

Incorporating JCs, DMGs, and MDMs in routine clinical practice would be helpful in bringing out effective patient care. This kind of event will bring out best of the abilities in a medical student, and we would urge the policymakers, readers, and the authorities in the other colleges to try to incorporate such collaborative teaching events for the benefit of UG and PG students.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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King's College London. Kcl.ac.uk; 2015. Available from: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2015/May/Kings-Oncology-Summer-School-launched-with-leading-cancer-centre-in-India.aspx. [Last cited on 2017 May 17].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Summer School in Oncology. Tata Memorial Centre; 2016. Available from: https://www.tmc.gov.in/ncg/index.php/102-education-training/163-summer-school-in-oncology-2016. [Last cited on 2017 May 17].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Tata Memorial Centre. Tmcplatinumjubilee.org; 2017. Available from: http://www.tmcplatinumjubilee.org/message-from-tata-trusts.php. [Last cited on 2017 May 17].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Annual Report 2016; 2017. Available from: https://www.tmc.gov.in/PDF/Annual_Report/AR_2016E.pdf. [Last cited on 2017 May 17].  Back to cited text no. 4
    



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