Education and Training
Overview and program goals
The pediatric population under 19 years of age constitutes 40% of the Egyptian Population. According to the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program of the US based National Cancer Institute, the Pediatric Population diagnosed with cancer in Egypt is approximately 12.8 per 100,000 (2012), with an annual growth rate estimated at 1.3%.
Given the increasing rate of pediatric cancer incidence, the growing demand for high quality healthcare services and the shortage of pediatric oncologists in Egypt, Hospital 57357 set out to establish its own residency program in 2017 to create a pool of high caliber healthcare professionals in this field.
57357 Residency program is a milestone on the road of meeting the increased demand for pediatric oncologists in Egypt who would be trained to lead the change required to improve the quality of pediatric oncology care. The trainees follow a 3 year carefully tailored training program around 57357’s vision, mission, principles, values, culture, and aspirations. They would ultimately ease the burden on the actual group of 57357 consultants, enabling them to have more protected time for research.
The recruits are chosen according to a well-thought selection process. Trainees must meet the following requirements:
- A minimum of one year practicing experience in the Ministry of Health or universities’ hospitals after graduation.
- Obtaining the first part of pediatric medicine master’s degree. Their performance is evaluated every three months.
The pediatric oncology training program spans three years, and its curriculum includes the following:
First, the theoretical part during the first year which is carried out through the use of the most up to date effective learning methods and a pre-determined number of lectures that cover the following:
- General pediatric course
- Basic oncology course
- Leukemia course
- Solid tumors course
- Infectious diseases course
- Brain and neurological tumors course
- Bone marrow transplantation course
- Statistics course
As for the practical part, residents are required to make rounds in all the Hospital’s departments under the supervision of consultants and their assistants. During their practicum, the residents are evaluated periodically; strength and week points of each resident are discussed by the training committee, aiming to develop the resident’s capabilities during the training period. All of this is performed through the following steps:
- Residents perform weekly activities such as presenting cases that need scientific discussions
- Performing an exam at the end of each course to evaluate the resident
- Professors, heads of departments and consultants evaluate lectures’ attendance
- Obtaining the second part of the master’s degree during the training period
- Successfully passing the final exam after passing the three years training period
After passing the previous steps the resident starts registering for MD or the Egyptian fellowship in pediatric oncology, which qualify him to obtain a consultant degree. Hospital 57357 will celebrate the graduation of the first cohort of pediatric oncology residents during this year.
Hospital 57357’s residency program is not restricted to medical training, but also aims to develop their personal skills, as it is eager to prepare physicians who are capable of operating change in their own settings. Hence the pediatric oncology training program includes a part that is concerned with developing personal and behavioral skills.