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Reflections on the value of multidisciplinary oncology training by a medical oncologist

Published:January 04, 2023DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejso.2023.01.004
      Like many of my peers, I (EFN) strive to attain the best training possible before embarking upon my early faculty career. I recently completed medical oncology residency in France and had the opportunity to pursue part of my PhD training at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. You may be surprised that my research mentors at MD Anderson are not medical oncologists like me, but rather are two surgical oncologists and surgeon-scientists. My choice to undertake such a training path is unconventional but has been an incredibly valuable opportunity. After spending my first few weeks with my surgical oncology mentors discussing our research projects, I asked to attend surgical oncology clinics and to observe surgeries when possible. This has proven to be one of the most enlightening aspects of my training - there have been countless moments when I felt a “light bulb going off” in my head.

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