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‘Gann Pro’ (the cultivation plan for cancer care professionals) initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan at 2007 recruited 18 groups covering most of the medical schools in this country. The plan included strategies to train medical oncologists currently running short of in Japan. Reasons for the shortage of medical oncologists may include (i) the shortage of their trainers, (ii) the lack of curriculum for teaching medical oncology in the medical schools, (iii) the lack of standard program for postgraduate training, (iv) the scarcity of medical institutions harboring medical oncology units, (v) the lack of its recognition by the societies, and most importantly, (vi) the lack of career-path perspectives for newly recruited medical oncologists. Establishing a faculty department of medical oncology would be the first step to improve the situation.

Methods and outcome

Our group made educational/training programs based on the Recommendation of Global Core Curriculum in Medical Oncology proposed by ASCO/ESMO, and incorporated the contents into an e-learning system. The system enables the multi-professional users to reorganize the course by selecting most appropriate contents for each graduate student. Concurrently, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University established a medical oncology department at 2007 with appointments of faculty members, for further training of medical oncologists.

Problems to be solved

The fledgling organization of medical oncology still requires continuing grants to maintain and develop the training courses more attractive for further recruiting graduate students. Providing them with seminal career-paths would be the most important challenge. JSMO has profound responsibility for the society-wide recognition of their relevance.

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