The three-year medical oncology residency program provides comprehensive teaching and experience in the field of Solid Tumor Oncology and Hematological malignancies. A comprehensive teaching ground is available for the Residency Program in Medical Oncology. Trainee residents in medical oncology are responsible for giving quality care to the patients admitted to the hospital, seen in clinics and while receiving chemotherapy, directly under faculty supervision. They are encouraged to treat patients independently, especially in their senior years. They have separate rotations in hematology, pediatric oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, infectious diseases and dedicated time for research. A specific schedule for each trainee is given at the beginning of each year.
The program aims to produce Medical Oncologists who understand all aspects of care of patients with cancer including diagnosis, staging, treatment, palliative and psychological care. They would have the expertise in medical treatment of patients with solid tumors and hematologic malignancies that includes chemotherapy, hormonal and biological therapy, supportive and end of life care. They would be able to comprehend and evaluate the merits and demerits of new therapies available, and to determine how these therapies can be incorporated into the care of cancer patients. They would have sound knowledge of the social, legal, and financial issues involved in the care of cancer patients, both during the active treatment phase and then at the terminal phase of care of these patients. They would be able to understand the principles of prevention and early detection of cancer including screening. A Medical Oncologist would also understand the principles and indications of autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.
Duration of Training
The Medical Oncology Residency Program encompasses a minimum of three years’ which includes separate rotations in radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, laboratory hematology, radiology, infectious diseases and dedicated time for research. They also rotate in bone marrow transplant unit.
- MBBS degree from an institution recognised by PM&DC
- Completed one year internship with six months in Surgery and allied and six months in Medicine and allied disciplines
Track 1 (5-year program)
- FCPS Part I is mandatory
Track 2 (3-year program)
- FCPS Part I with at least two years approved training in Medicine
- Must have cleared Intermediate Module (IM) at the time of interview
Scope and Content
Skills and Clinical Training
Medical Oncology trainee residents should know how to infuse chemotherapy and be able to perform bone marrow biopsy and paracentesis. They should have the knowledge in identifying and treating the toxicities associated with cancer treatment. They should understand the multidisciplinary approach required to optimise cancer care. They should be able to interpret the radiological imaging and to coordinate that into cancer care. They are supposed to present in journal clubs held weekly, attend all multi-disciplinary tumor board meetings, core sessions and participate in other academic and scholarly activities. They are supposed to do night duties every fourth day (as per schedule and in accordance with working hours approved by PGME).
Residents will have the opportunities to participate in laboratory or clinical research in all years of their training with supervision of faculty members. Some protected time will be provided to permit meaningful research experience. Proper experimental design, methodology and data analysis will be encouraged. Results of their research activities will be encouraged to be reported in various meetings.
Trainees will be evaluated for clinical competence. Supervising faculty will specifically evaluate the trainee for clinical judgment, medical knowledge, clinical skills (history/ exam/ procedures), humanistic qualities, professional attitudes and behavior, medical care and overall competence as a subspecialist consultant. There will be written MCQ paper at the end of each year. Faculty will also regularly review medical records to assess the record keeping and written communication abilities of trainees. The supervising faculty will provide verbal feedback to trainees regarding their performance prior to the end of each rotation. Records of evaluations will be maintained in file for credentialing and will be accessible to trainees for review on request.
Faculty evaluations by fellows will be conducted periodically. Formal sessions will be held between trainees and the faculty on regular basis to review their progress.
Two candidates are selected annually.
There are five full-time and two part-time faculty members involved in teaching. The Program Director is Dr. Nehal Masood, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology.
Dr Nehal Masood, MD
Section Head, Hematology/Oncology,
Director, Oncology Fellowship Program
Dr Adnan Abdul Jabbar
Hematology and Oncology
Dr Munira Shabbir Moosajee
Hematology and Oncology
Dr Tayyaba Zehra Ansari
Dr Yasmin Abdul Rashid
Co-ordinator, Oncology Fellowship Program
Dr Azmina Taj Vali Mohammad
Lecturer, Hematology and Oncology
Dr Ghulam Haider
Lecturer, Medical Oncology