Today, general surgeons need to be Surgical Oncologists to provide the best possible care to cancer patients. They also need to be part of a multidisciplinary team, to understand other disciplines and their impact on the type and timing of surgery.
On the other hand, surgery has advanced a great deal in the past few decades and keeping up to date with these advances requires dedication and a significant commitment to continuous medical education, in all its various forms, across Europe.
The Curriculum is intended to act 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 in 2012-2013 and is revised every two years. It features contributions from expert advisors from within the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO), the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR). Its content has been reviewed and approved by the American Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO).
The ESSO Core Curriculum has been published as a supplement of EJSO-the Journal of Cancer Surgery. Copies are available from the ESSO Secretariat and is also downloadable from this page.