Modern oncological management demands a level of expertise in cancer surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and other modalities of treatment and a multidisciplinary conceptual approach.  This means a specialized training for the individual who so chooses to work in this field.

Oncology is a specialty with a vast armamentarium available for eradicating the cancer cell in its  entirety. The role of the surgeon is invaluable: as surgical ablation and surgical cytoreduction is  directly related to disease control. Hence a number of difficult surgical procedures may need to  be performed to cope with local, regional & even metastatic tumour control, and is best  accomplished by surgeons who are frequently exposed to these complicated procedures. Surgical  expertise in these uncommon scenarios is directly related to patient outcome. This is a well

known and statistically proven fact.

A surgical oncologist is a specialised surgeon who has obtained additional education and  experience in the multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and  rehabilitation of cancer patients, and who devotes his or her professional practice to these  activities and to cancer research. Surgical oncologists interact with other oncologic disciplines  and provide leadership to the surgical, medical, and lay communities in matters pertaining to  cancer

The speciality board in surgical oncology (SBSO) is the subspecialty board under board of  surgery (BOSS) which is responsible in training and assessing surgical oncology trainees.

Cancer care is evolving rapidly the surgical oncologist is needed to keep pace with these changes. With modern standards of care, most solid malignancies are treated in combination of surgery and other multi-modal therapies. As a result, the surgical oncologist is expected to lead the multi-disciplinary team. They must be more than just a technician and must understand the biology and natural history of the disease as well as the contributions made by other disciplines to the care of cancer patients. The training program ensures that the surgeon becomes a surgical oncologist.

The program is designed to provide the type of training that would equip the final product to treat various stages of solid organ malignancies (except brain tumours) of the human body surgically through the multidisciplinary approach. It is expected that the fully trained specialist  would be up-to-date with all recent developments in the field of oncological surgery and would  be in a position to provide holistic care for those patients who need the expertise of a Specialist  Surgical Oncologist to minimise mortality and morbidity of such patients. The curriculum that  has been planned and elucidated later on in this document has incorporated a myriad of training  activities that need to be undertaken over the full period of training

The exit outcomes of the training programme are as follows:

  1. Patient care.
  2. Medical knowledge.
  3. Interpersonal and communication skills
  4. Professionalism
  5. Evidence-based approach

The candidates will be selected on the merit based ranking results of the Final MD (Surgery)  Examination. The positions available will be indicated in the Circular calling for  applications for the MD Examination or before the allocation meeting of appointments for  specialties. On the basis of the order of merit, would make the appropriate selection for  training.

The selected candidates would be provided with full and comprehensive details of the  training programme. This would be available at the PGIM for perusal by prospective  candidates prior to the Allocation Meeting

Please refer to the relevant prospectus for the most up to date information. The prospectus of a particular programme contains official information pertaining to a programme approved by the Board of Management, University Senate and the University Grants Commission

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