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Education and Training is fundamental to increase global cancer capacity. The Global Cancer Program aims to educate the broader cancer community on global cancer control and to develop infrastructure to support knowledge exchange.
The Global Cancer Program’s education and training initiatives not only include training for oncologists but also for other allied health professionals required for a comprehensive cancer services program.
The Global Cancer Program seeks to implement, disseminate, and exchange knowledge on cancer care and novel medical educational techniques.
Dr. Scott was the recipient of the 2021 Conquer Cancer Bristol-Myers Squibb Global Oncology Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology for her project "Expanding Access to Three-Dimensional (3D) Conformal Radiotherapy for Cervical Cancer in Ghana", mentored by Dr. Michael Milosevic from the PM Radiation Medicine Program. She is continuing on with the PM Global Cancer Program as a Research Fellow working on geospatial analyses of access to radiotherapy in Ghana.
Dr. Scott is a Clinical Oncologist at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana, with special interest in gynecological and genitourinary cancers, and research. Her career goals are dedicated to eliminating the economic disparities affecting outcomes of patients with cancer in the Sub-Saharan region. She is committed to finding practical solutions suitable for the Sub-Saharan region through high-quality training and research, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.
Dr. Mushonga is a practising Clinical Oncologist from Zimbabwe with an interest in breast cancer, palliative care and global oncology. Dr. Mushonga has been a clinical fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto since 2019. She is the recipient of a 2022 ASCO Young Investigator Award and will be spending her year as a research fellow with the PM Global Cancer Program under the supervision of Dr. Danielle Rodin.
Dr. Mushonga's research is focused on work that results in access to breast cancer treatment and strengthening existing efforts in advancing evidence-based cost-effective treatments. This research has a special focus on radiotherapy de-escalation commensurate with diverse biology of breast cancer without compromising outcomes. Dr. Mushonga is an enthusiastic cancer advocate who works closely with Cancerserve Foundation Trust, an organization that raises awareness of cancer and assists in securing resources for treatment.
Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, senior advisor to the Global Cancer Program (GCP), and Prof. Felician Knaul, a health economist from the University of Miami and member of GCP's International Advisory, are two of the co-chairs on a new Lancet Commission on Cancer and Health Systems. The Commission was launched in August 2021 and brings together international experts from oncology, public health, economists, NGOs, and government organizations. The Commission will identify pathways that improve access to technology and innovations that support better and more equitable cancer control, spanning prevention to palliation, while strengthening health systems to be more prepared for other health challenges, including future pandemics. The Commission's report is expected in 2023.
The Global Oncology Leadership Development (GOLD) Program is an interdisciplinary program for clinical fellows of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM). PM hosts nearly 200 fellows annually across the cancer centre, of which 75% were trained outside of Canada. The GOLD Program includes intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational and systems leadership skills training and blends this with training on health systems. This content is delivered through a mix of didactic lectures, workshops, networking events, Insights to Discovery personality inventory, online learning and a formal connection with a mentor. Invited presenters included healthcare providers with expertise in leadership, health policy and social networking, as well as health service researchers, economists, philanthropists, and health communication and organizational change specialists. GOLD was purposefully designed to remove both financial and time barriers to participation by offering this program free of charge and by ensuring protected time from clinical duties from executive and departmental leadership.
In 2021, 31 fellows participated in the program, with 90% of participants from outside of Canada.
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In 2020, the Princess Margaret Global Cancer Program partnered with the
Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology (CARO) and the
American Association of Residents in Oncology (ARRO) on a collaborative, multi-institutional program to network, receive mentorship, and explore the field of global oncology, which is currently not included as part of core training. The program is free and is run online through the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's online educational platform
Cancer Campus. Running for the second year, the course includes 10 sessions held live and recorded each month from September to June. Additional networking events are offered with in-person events at the annual meetings of CARO and the
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
In the second year, there were 282 registered course participants from 14 different countries spanning the disciplines of clinical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, medical physics, radiation therapy and physician assistant. The overall program objectives include to:
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The organization of cancer care, education and research into Comprehensive Cancer Centres provides political, clinical, research and educational focus to improving delivery of care and achieving better outcomes for cancer patients. Cancer is a significant and growing problem for health systems. There is a need for creating guidance and global solidarity to build cancer units with truly comprehensive programs.
This Master course will address the organization of a Comprehensive Cancer Centre, focusing on integration of high-quality patient-centred care with education and research. Examples will be drawn from comprehensive cancer centres on four continents and is led by experts from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre,
AC Camargo Cancer Center (São Paulo, Brazil),
King Hussein Cancer Centre (Amman, Jordan), and
Tata Memorial Centre (Mumbai, India).
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The Princess Margaret trains several international fellows a year to provide hands-on training and mentorship on best clinical oncology practice. Candidates are recognized through multiple channels including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Princess Margaret also trains clinical fellows identified through formal partnerships such as:
Led by Dr. Michael Milosevic, this program accepts and trains clinical fellows at the Princess Margaret within the University of Toronto's partnership with Moi University to improve productive health in Kenya.
The Princess Margaret and the TMC in Mumbai, India have exchanged clinical fellows for on-site training since 2013.
The Princess Margaret has trained and hosted KHCC Clinical Fellows since 2013 as part of an overarching agreement between our institutions to share information about clinical know-how, best clinical research practices, and educational innovations.
Since 2012, Princess Margaret hematologists have been travelling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to train the fellows from the Addis Ababa University. Trainees are also invited to Toronto to participate in observerships.
This tri-institutional philanthropic initiative partnership began in 2014 between the Princess Margaret (PM), Moi Training and Referral Hospital (MTRH) and the Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKUSONAM).
The initiative involved creating an Oncology Nursing Diploma Program that met the standards of the Nursing Council of Kenya, adapted from the PM Specialized Oncology Nursing foundation course that was grounded in the practice standards from the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology. PM supported a Canadian Oncology Nurse Educator to work jointly at MTRH and AKUSONAM in Kenya to develop a joint curriculum. Much of the nursing oncology content created by PM Advanced Practice Nurses was adapted and new curriculum reviewed by PM Advanced Practice Nurses.
The initiative concluded in 2018 after 7 nurses graduated from the MTRH program in 2017 and 16 student nurses graduated from AKUSONAM in 2018.