IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 21 / Issue 2 / pii/2000126

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology (EJGO) is published by IMR Press from Volume 40 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

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The problems of surgical training in Gynaecologic Oncology

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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Division of Gynaecological Oncology, Academic Hospital Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2 University Hospital of Coimbra, Gynaecology Services, Div. of Oncology-Gynaecology, Coimbra Centre, Coimbra, Portugal
3 Consultant Gynaecologist and Gynaecological Surgeon, City Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2000, 21(2), 109–114;
Published: 10 April 2000

During the late 60s and early 70s it was recognised that the surgical training for residents in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was ina­dequate to comprehensively acquire the surgical skills necessary in managing women with gynaecologic cancers. Gynaecologic Oncology (Gynae-Oncology) has three important goals: 1) to maintain the highest standards for patients with gynaecologic cancer, 2) to provide the trainee with clinical skills and structural clinical research after his/her surgical completion, and 3) to acknowledge clinical training centers for the trainees in Gynae-Oncology. For women trainees careful family planning, good communication, flexibility from the program director and faculty, support from co-workers, and, most important, participation and support from the spouse of the trainee are the ingredients of successful childbearing and family care during training programs. These problems have to be faced and dealt with before they become insurmountable problems. International standards are needed for training programs of trainees in Gynae-Oncology, with special emphasis on surgical skills.

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