The Vienna Summer School on Oncology (VSSO) is taking place biannually at the Medical University of Vienna. Every other year a Summer School on Oncology is held by the collaborating University at Groningen / The Netherlands. The goal of the VSSO is to teach a multidisciplinary approach to oncology to medical students in the final phase of their studies. It was first held back in 1999. Students recorded high satisfaction with organisation, scientific content and topic range.
The registration fee of 630 Euro includes all lessons/sessions, accommodation (for time of Summerschool), most meals, beverages during the course, and social program.
The aims are to help students to become familiar with cancer care in general health practice, to reduce fear of patients with a malignant disease and to learn more about cancer related problems in other countries.
The topics will include an overview on biological background, diagnostic approaches, clinical issues and psycho-oncology. Lectures are given by medical, radiation and surgical oncologists. The students will get the possibility to gain an insight into special cancer treatments and supportive care and hands-on workshops. After each session and especially during a “meet-the-teachers” session interested students will get the possibility for further, more detailed discussion. Most of the evenings will have a varied social program.
In order to cover most of the different fields in oncology the VSSO educational program will have two parts; in the morning there are lectures for the whole group about general aspects in cancer. In the afternoon the group splits into a clinically oriented track (T1) and a research oriented track (T2). During the afternoon sessions more practical training, such as, case presentations, poster presentation, laboratory and ward rounds, problem based learning and workshops will be provided.
T1 track: The goal of the clinically orientated track is to get familiar with oncological care in practice and learn about oncology-related problems. The students will have the possibility of ward and clinic rounds, further lectures in end of life communication, traditional Chinese medicine, etc.
T2 track: The goal of the research orientated track is to introduce various exciting aspects of translational oncological research. The participants of this track attend the same morning program as the clinical T1 track. The students will be introduced to different facilities and laboratories and given interactive lectures by experienced researchers from different backgrounds
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