One of the main objectives of this project is to give a comprehensive review of the current status of Thoracic Oncology training and certification in Europe. Another goal is to examine how to raise Thoracic Oncology skill levels.
The initiative is in collaboration with representatives from various societies involved in thoracic oncology: European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS), European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) and European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO).
Target AudienceTarget audience is composed mainly of adult respiratory medicine physicians dealing with thoracic oncology diseases. They may be leading specialised units or are working in specialised institutions. The audience can extend to thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiotherapists or any other specialist dealing with or have special interest in thoracic oncology
Needs analysis, surveys, definition of project structure
National experts were contacted and asked to complete a survey on the present situation of the Thoracic Oncology specialty throughout Europe. With the responses, it was hoped that awareness on trends, changes and developments within the specialty could be achieved. The information will support the steps in attaining the aims of the Task Force.
Development of a consensus-based European Core Syllabus
The syllabus was developed by the project task force and published in 2013. It recommends knowledge and skills for specialists in Thoracic Oncology.
Breathe, Sept. 2013: Thoracic Oncology HERMES: a European syllabus towards a harmonised education and training of Thoracic Oncology specialists
European Respiratory Journal, Sept. 2013: Thoracic Oncology HERMES syllabus: setting the basis for thoracic oncology training in Europe
Development of a consensus-based European Core Curriculum
The Task Force is currently buidling a curriculum in Thoracic Oncology, based on the syllabus published in 2013. The curriculum has been published in 2016.