Journal of Cancer Education

, 26:420

The International Core Literature Consensus (ICLC): an Alternative Curriculum for Oncologists

  • Shilpen Patel
  • Reshma Jagsi
  • Natalie Cook
  • Luke Hughes-Davies
  • Christine Parkinson


Oncologists must familiarize themselves with a complex evidence base. Several curricula have been devised, but it is not clear how these are used. We chose breast cancer, since this has a large literature base. Of the 285 radiation and medical oncology trainees in the USA and UK responding to our survey, over 90% reported knowledge of the literature was essential. Just over half of respondents had actually read the ASCO or ESMO curricula, with only 23% reporting that the curricula were important in their learning. Our survey revealed dissatisfaction with current curricula and a demand for more pragmatic literature guidance. We designed an alternative curriculum by using a 21-member peer review group to validate a list of key papers in breast oncology. Oncologists in training need guidance to direct their study. A curriculum based on an International Core Literature Consensus might match the needs of trainees more closely.


Breast cancer Evidence base Curriculum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shilpen Patel
    • 1
  • Reshma Jagsi
    • 2
  • Natalie Cook
    • 3
  • Luke Hughes-Davies
    • 3
  • Christine Parkinson
    • 3
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Addenbrooke’s HospitalCambridgeUK

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