General Practitioners (GPs) act as a primary care provider to all individuals of a society in generally, directing health promotion and disease prevention, and providing coordinated patient focused care. GPs are the key for an accurate implementation of the population-based cancer screening programs, in the valuation of signs and symptoms that contribute to the early detection of oncological diseases, and in the correct referral of cancer patients to specialized centers. They should function effectively within interdisciplinary health care teams, including within the hospital environments, participating and facilitating a bi-univocal communication between primary care and hospital physicians.
All these competences and goals of GPs favor the patient-centered approach, orientated to the individual, his/her family, and their community, and promote the patient empowerment.
Cancer will be the XXI century disease. The World Cancer Report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization estimates that, in 2030, will be 26.4 million of new cancer cases, 17.1 million of dead by cancer and an amazing 80 million peoples living with cancer. In the near future, probably right now, GPs will deal with cancer patients and cancer issues in general every day.
Nevertheless, most physicians of this specialty have had little opportunity to learn about cancer care due to the lack of oncology curriculum content in university training and in family medicine certification programs. Currently there are few formal training programs for GPs who wish to deepen their knowledge in oncology. As a consequence, those physicians who are working in the healthcare system have acquired their knowledge “on the job".
In Iberia, we also do not have post-graduate courses in medical oncology for residents and/or specialists in General Practice.
The 1st POST-GRADUATE COURSE IN ONCOLOGY FOR GENERAL PRACTITIONERS will aim to provide an update of the role of GP in oncology, in a 3-day residential educational event, addressing all aspects of cancer. The clinically oriented educational program has been designed for GPs who wish to improve their skills in this field and filling the gap in their curriculum.
The participants, specialists or residents in General Practice, will be selected through evaluation of their CV and presentation of a clinical case.
The course offers plenary lectures regarding state-of-the-art in oncology with reference to clinical guidelines and concluding with take-home messages. Participants will deliver case presentations within small groups and discuss these with the chairmen and the faculty.
All sessions will be interactive and participants must be prepared to join in. Accepted participants will be requested to take part in the whole event. At the final of the course the participants will have an exam similar to that of ESMO, adapted to General Practice and the objectives of the course.
The Post-Graduate Course will be entirely in English.
This course of 81 hours has been credited with 3 ECTS credits by the University of Porto.
All doctors from ARS Norte are excused from service during the time of the course.