Oncology Subspecialty Education Program

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The Medical Oncology Program at the University of Manitoba consists of 21 faculty members providing oncologic training and care for patients with primarily solid tumours. Our clinics are located at 3 sites, all of which support training of medical students and residents in oncologic care. Our Program consists of nationally and internationally recognized experts in medical oncology such as melanoma, gastrointestinal, breast, thoracic, sarcoma and genitourinary cancers.

Our faculty is dedicated to providing undergraduate and postgraduate training experiences at our 3 CancerCare Manitoba sites; Health Sciences Centre (MacCharles), St. Boniface General Hospital (Tache), and Victoria Hospital’s Buhler Cancer Centre. Weekly teaching sessions with a curriculum of relevant oncologic topics are provided by our faculty and postgraduate medical oncology residents to rotating students and residents. Trainees are given opportunities to present cases and topics in our weekly Medical Oncology Case Rounds and/or to participate in faculty led discussions about challenging and interesting cases and the evidence for their management or work up. Journal Club is held monthly to discuss relevant medical oncology as well as hematology topics in conjunction with the Hematology Program. Rotating residents are invited to attend and participate.

The undergraduate medical school curriculum recently introduced a “Principles of Oncology” module in the second pre-clinical year. Topics range from principles of cancer cell biology, prevention and diagnosis and management of cancer. This is achieved through interactive lectures, small-group case-based tutorials and online modules. Introduction to the roles of specialties in oncology such as medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology in cancer management are also highlighted. Our members also provide teaching regarding cancer topics in individual system based modules throughout the curriculum.

Our Postgraduate Training Program is transitioning to a newer curriculum model, a Competency Based Medical Education (CBME). Our faculty members have been involved in contributing to the development of CBD strategy with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Committee since its inception. The CBD curriculum changes the focus of training from a time based to an outcome-based strategy of training. Postgraduate medical oncology residents have a protected half day of academic teaching time with teaching provided by various faculty members and experts from other departments in applicable areas each week. We are committed to providing the tools necessary to enhance the quality of the physicians we train with commitment and necessary tools to provide excellent care to their patients and successful attainment of each physician’s professional goals.

Our Department offers sub-specialty advanced training to residents that have completed their medical oncology core training with programs designed to meet the career interests of the individual.

Our weekly Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds provide a forum for presentations by faculty to highlight their research and academic achievements and allow for knowledge translation to others in the field.

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