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 unbelievable 80 million people 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".
The residents in Medical Oncology face the exact same problems at the beginning of their residence. In Iberia, we also do not have post-graduate courses in medical oncology for residents and/or specialists in General Practice and for young residents in Medical Oncology. This course pretends to fulfill this gap.
The 5th POST-GRADUATE COURSE IN ONCOLOGY FOR GENERAL PRACTITIONERS AND YOUNG ONCOLOGISTS aims to provide an update of the role of GP in oncology and to serve as an introduction to the residence in Medical Oncology, in a 3-day residential educational event, addressing all aspects of cancer. The clinically oriented educational program has been designed for those who wish to improve their skills in this field and to fill this gap in their curriculum.
The participants, specialists or residents in General Practice and residents in Medical Oncology, will be selected through evaluation of their CV.
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 the objectives of the course.
The official languages of the course will be Portuguese and Spanish.