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Sister Society Meeting on Global Education Development and Collaboration: Meeting Report
  1. Linus T. Chuang, MD, MPH,
  2. Thomas C. Randall, MD,
  3. Lynette Denny, MD,
  4. Carolyn M. Johnston, MD,
  5. Kathleen M. Schmeler, MD,
  6. Allan L. Covens, MD,
  7. David Cibula, MD,
  8. Michael A. Bookman, MD,
  9. Sudhir Rawal, MD,
  10. Denny DePetrillo, MD,
  11. Joo-Hyun Nam, MD,
  12. Annekathryn Goodman, MD,
  13. Raj Naik, MD,
  14. Ranjit Manchanda, MD, PhD,
  15. David K. Gaffney, MD, PhD,
  16. Jr. William Small, MD,
  17. Carien Creutzberg, MD,
  18. Carole Rattray, MD,
  19. Vesna Kesic, MD,
  20. René Paraja, MD,
  21. Mary Eiken, MS, RN,
  22. Kristin Belleson, BA,
  23. Robert L. Coleman, MD,
  24. Richard R. Barakat, MD,
  25. Edward L. Trimble, MD, MPH and
  26. Michael Quinn, MD
  1. * Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai;
  2. Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital;
  3. Schuur Hospital/University of Cape Town;
  4. § University of Michigan;
  5. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center;
  6. University of Toronto Odette Cancer Centre;
  7. # Charles University in Prague and General University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic;
  8. ** US Oncology Network;
  9. †† Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, New Delhi, India;
  10. ‡‡ CAREpath Canada/University of Toronto;
  11. §§ University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul Korea;
  12. ∥∥ Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital;
  13. ¶¶ Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, UK;
  14. ## Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London;
  15. *** University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Hospital;
  16. ††† Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine;
  17. ‡‡‡ Leiden University Medical Center Leiden The Netherlands; §§§University of the West Indies, Mona Campus; ∥∥∥Clinical Center of Serbia Belgrade Serbia;
  18. ¶¶¶ Instituto de Cancerología las Américas, Colombia; ###International Gynecologic Cancer Society;
  19. **** Society of Gynecologic Oncology;
  20. †††† University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center;
  21. ‡‡‡‡ Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; §§§§National Cancer Institute; ∥∥∥∥ and the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Linus T. Chuang, MD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 1176 Fifth Ave., Box 1173 New York, NY. E-mail: linus.chuang{at}


Objectives To identify common barriers to teaching and training and to identify strategies that would be useful in developing future training programs in gynecologic oncology in low- and middle- income countries.

Methods There is a lack of overall strategy to meet the needs of education and training in gynecologic oncology in low- and middle- income countries, the leaderships of sister societies and global health volunteers met at the European Society of Gynecologic Oncology in October 23, 2015. The challenges of the training programs supported by gynecologic oncology societies, major universities and individual efforts were presented and discussed. Strategies to improve education and training were identified.

Results Major challenges include language barriers, limited surgical equipment, inadequate internet access, lack of local support for sustainability in training programs, inadequate pathology and radiation oncology, finance and a global deficiency in identifying sites and personnel in partnering or developing training programs. The leaderships identified various key components including consultation with the local Ministry of Health, local educational institutions; inclusion of the program into existing local programs, a needs assessment, and the development of curriculum and regional centers of excellence.

Conclusions Proper preparation of training sites and trainers, the development of global curriculum, the establishment of centers of excellence, and the ability to measure outcomes are important to improve education and training in gynecologic oncology in low- and middle- income countries.

  • Sister society
  • Low- and middle-income countries
  • Global education
  • Collaboration

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  • The authors declare no conflicts of interest.