Core curriculum

Surgical oncology is a defined specialty within the European Board of Surgery within the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Variation in training and specialization still occurs across Europe. There is a need to align the core knowledge needed to fulfil the criteria across subspecialities in surgical oncology.

The ESSO Core Curriculum, since its publication in 2013, has served as a guide for surgical oncologists to obtain the required level of knowledge both for the practice of surgical oncology but also for the European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ) in surgical oncology. It was developed with contributions from expert advisors of our society, as well as European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) and related subspecialty experts.

In October 2021, an update on ESSO Core Curriculum was published in EJSO. This expanded version reiterates and updates the core curriculum structure needed for current and future candidates who plans to train for and eventually sit the European fellowship exam for the European Board of Surgery Qualification. The content included is not intended to be exhaustive but, rather to give the candidate an idea of expectations and areas for in depth study, in addition to the practical requirements. The five elements included are: Basic principles of oncology; Disease site specific oncology; Generic clinical skills; Training recommendations, and, lastly; Eligibility for the EBSQ exam in Surgical Oncology.

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