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Speciality: Medical Oncology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: SES/428

Why choose this programme:
Medical Oncology has been well-established in Scotland in 4 separate training programmes. These programmes have
operated in the West of Scotland based in and around Glasgow, the South East of Scotland based in and
around Edinburgh, the East of Scotland based in Dundee, and the North of Scotland programme is based in
Aberdeen.
Where appropriate trainees will rotate to other cancer centres for experience required to fulfil the requirements of the
curriculum. The Scottish training programmes give the opportunity to understand the challenges of managing patientsĀ scattered over wide geographical areas either by travelling to peripheral hospitals to undertake clinics in cancer units
or by appreciating the distances that patients travel to the cancer centres for treatment.
The specialty in Scotland is committed to excellence in laboratory and clinical research and the day-to-day
relevance of translational research is emphasised with a focus on participation in clinical trials. While research is not
mandated in the training curriculum, there is an expectation that the majority of trainees will spend some time
out of programme undertaking a research project. Many trainees have achieved an intercalated degree
during their medical undergraduate training or pursued a higher degree prior to applying to train as a medical
oncologist.
Doctors considering a career in medical oncology are very welcome to organise taster weeks if they have not had
previous exposure to the specialty.
Specialty Information:
Medical oncologists are physicians who have specialised in the assessment and management of patients with cancer.
Physicians trained in this specialty aim to provide the best possible outcome for cancer patients, whether that is cure,
or palliation and prolongation of good quality life. Medical oncologists work in multi-disciplinary teams and treat cancer
with systemic drugs, and administer these therapies to patients who either have localised or metastatic malignancy in
need of systemic therapy or whose cancer has potentially been cured by surgery but for whom further adjuvant
systemic therapy improves their outlook. The role of the medical oncologist is to use high-level communication skills to
fully involve patients in treatment decisions, and counsel patients and families on cancer genetics, screening and
preventative measures. They supervise therapy and manage any complications of disease and/or treatment that may
arise.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

Medical Oncology training is provided as a Scottish wide programme, ensuring optimal access to the range of subspecialty experience available. Placements across Scotland are managed by the South East Deanery.

Medical oncologists are physicians who have specialised in the assessment and management of patients with cancer. Physicians trained in this specialty aim to provide the best possible outcome for cancer patients, whether that is cure, or palliation and prolongation of good quality life.

Medical oncologists work in multi-disciplinary teams and treat cancer with systemic drugs, and administer these therapies to patients who either have localised or metastatic malignancy in need of systemic therapy or whose cancer has potentially been cured by surgery but for whom further adjuvant systemic therapy improves their outlook.

The role of the medical oncologist is to use high-level communication skills to fully involve patients in treatment decisions, and counsel patients and families on cancer genetics, screening and preventative measures. They supervise therapy and manage any complications of disease and/or treatment that may arise.

Trainees complete either core medical training or the acute care common stem in acute medicine (ACCS) and enter medical oncology training at ST3 level.

Where appropriate trainees will rotate to other cancer centres for experience required to fulfil the requirements of the curriculum. The Scottish training programmes give the opportunity to understand the challenges of managing patients scattered over wide geographical areas either by travelling to peripheral hospitals to undertake clinics in cancer units or by appreciating the distances that patients travel to the cancer centres for treatment.

The specialty in Scotland is committed to excellence in laboratory and clinical research and the day-to-day relevance of translational research is emphasised with a focus on participation in clinical trials. While research is not mandated in the training curriculum, there is an expectation that the majority of trainees will spend some time out of programme undertaking a research project. Many trainees have achieved an intercalated degree during their medical undergraduate training or pursued a higher degree prior to applying to train as a medical oncologist.

Doctors considering a career in medical oncology are very welcome to organise taster weeks if they have not had previous exposure to the specialty.

Where is the training delivered?
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Beatson (the) West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow, University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Perth Royal Infirmary, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

West of Scotland: Beatson West of Scotland Oncology Centre, Glasgow with peripheral clinics at Crosshouse Hospital,
Falkirk Royal Infirmary, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Monklands General
Hospital, Stobhill General Hospital.
North of Scotland: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
East Scotland: Ninewells Hospital, Dundee with peripheral clinics in Perth Royal Infirmary.
South East Scotland: Edinburgh Cancer Centre with periphe

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: National
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr D Farquhar
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/postgraduate/medical_oncology.asp
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Tommy Healy
Address: NHS Education for Scotland, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark Street, Glasgow G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1420
Email: Thomas.Healy@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Ashita Waterston
Address:
Tel:
Email: ashita.waterston@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
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