The IGCS Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum & Mentorship Program is a comprehensive two-year education and training program designed for regions around the world that do not currently have formal training in gynecologic oncology.
When physicians in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) do not have access to specialty training, they are unequipped to treat the high volume of patients presenting with cancer and leaving women without the specialty care they need for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and other gynecologic malignancies. Given the rising rates of cancer in LMICs, there is a critical need to train and educate local physicians to address this epidemic.
- Institutions in high-resource regions (international mentors) are partnered with institutions in lower-resource regions (local mentors and fellows) to implement gynecologic oncology training. (Some training sites have implemented the curriculum with mentors within the same region/country and are not using the twinning model.)
- Fellows follow a web-based curriculum & participate in monthly video conferences with international mentors & monthly virtual tumor boards (Project ECHO).
- International mentors travel to the training site 2-3 times a year for hands-on surgical training and fellows travel to the high-resource institution for 1-3 months. (Travel restrictions due to the global coronavirus pandemic have limited opportunities for hands-on training.)
- The fellow’s progress is evaluated though evaluation reports completed by the local supervisor and international mentor, surgical case log review, Project ECHO participation and periodic knowledge assessments.
- Upon completion of the program, each fellow will take a final examination, and if successful, will receive a certificate of satisfactory completion of training.
Eventually, the number of trained specialists in these institutions and regions will increase and those who are trained through the Global Curriculum will become the teachers and mentors of future generations. With more skilled healthcare providers dedicated to improving care for women with gynecologic cancer in these regions, there will be greater access to quality care.