Study Plan and Module Guide
The Master Online Program Advanced Oncology is developed for working physicians and scientists. The concept "modulated time schedule" allows a temporal and local flexibility in arranging the workload. Further, a specific support-system and tutoring program will help you to organize your learning time and effort.
Enrollment year 2016:
- ESO-ESMO MasterClass: 23-29 March 2018 (Landgut Stober, Berlin)
- 5th Attendance Seminar: 15-21 July 2018 (Reisensburg Castle, Günzburg)
Enrollment year 2017:
- 2nd Attendance Seminar: 11-15 March 2018 (Villa Eberhardt, Ulm)
- 3rd Attendance Seminar: 15-20 July 2018 (Reisensburg Castle, Günzburg)
- ESO-ESMO MasterClass: March 2019 (Landgut Stober, Berlin)
- 5th Attendance Seminar: 14-20 July 2019 (Reisensburg Castle, Günzburg)
Enrollment year 2018:
- 1st Attendance Seminar: 21-26 October 2018 (Villa Eberhardt, Ulm)
- 2nd Attendance Seminar: 10-14 March 2019 (Villa Eberhardt, Ulm)
- 3rd Attendance Seminar: 14-19 July 2019 (Reisensburg Castle, Günzburg)
- ESO-ESMO MasterClass: March 2020 (either Berlin, Germany or Ermatingen, Switzerland)
- 5th Attendance Seminar: 12-18 July 2020 (Reisensburg Castle, Günzburg)
Module 2 ( ECTS Points: 11 )
Credit points of the Board of Physicians of the Federal State of Baden-Würtemberg (LÄK): 60
Course 2.1: Cellular and molecular biology
Cellular and molecular biology of cancer is focusing on recent key aspects of translational research. The units vary from gene structure to cancer stem cells representing the broad spectrum of knowledge in cancerogenesis.
Course 2.2: Diagnostics
Diagnostics is summarizing all modern tools used for work-up of a patient with cancer. Benefits and limitations of imaging techniques up to molecular diagnostics are being discussed by means of case-based scenarios.
Course 2.3: Principles of Therapy
Principles of Therapy is highlighting treatment options in oncology ranging from surgery to targeted therapy. Interdisciplinary cooperation among the different competencies is being elaborated.
Course 2.4: Epidemiology
Epidemiology is giving an overview on cancer statistics. Epidemiologic methods are being discussed and will establish a direct connection to the subsequent semester focusing on Clinical Research.
Module 3 ( ECTS Points: 10 )
Credit points of the Board of Physicians of the Federal State of Baden-Würtemberg (LÄK): 54
Course 3.1: Biometry
Biometry focuses on key aspects of biostatistics and their application to the field of oncology. The units comprise study types, statistical tests, survival analysis, and sample size estimation for clinical trials in oncology. Online tutorials encourage the active application of the newly acquired knowledge via SPSS which is provided free of charge to all students of Ulm University.
Course 3.2: Clinical Trials
The Clinical trials course delivers the toolbox for setting up, running and publishing a clinical trial. Aspects like quality assurance and transfer of study results into clinical practice are being discussed by examples from the CCCU-based clinical trials center.
Course 3.3: Ethical Aspects
The Ethical Aspects course deals with ethical principles for informed consent, biobanking, study participation, collaboration between stakeholders with a different background (academic/industry). Equally important is the unit on the prevention and the detection of scientific misconduct and fraud.
Course 3.4: Project Management
Project Management provides basics in project management with case scenarios and problem-solving strategies from the pharmaceutical industry.
Module 4 ( ECTS Points: 11 )
Credit points of the Board of Physicians of the Federal State of Baden-Würtemberg (LÄK): 73
Course 4.1: Clinical Oncology I
Clinical Oncology I presents the current state of art and recent advances in the treatment of gynecological, urologic and gastrointestinal malignancies. Aspects of surgical intervention, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as targeted therapies are being discussed.
Course 4.2: Clinical Oncology II
Clinical Oncology II presents the current state of art and recent advances in the treatment of – among others – thoracic, hematological and pediatric malignancies. Aspects of surgical intervention, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as targeted therapies for different disease entities are being discussed by experts in the field.
Course 4.3: Integrated Therapeutic Concepts
The Integrated Therapeutic Concepts course provides multidisciplinary approaches completing a patient-centered treatment approach. Topics include psycho-oncology, supportive care, complementary medicine and palliative medicine. In addition, on-site training in oncology-based communication scenarios is offered.
Module 5 ( ECTS Points: 10 )
Credit points of the Board of Physicians of the Federal State of Baden-Würtemberg (LÄK): 48
Course 5.1: Business Basics
Business Basics provides an introduction to planning and strategic as well as human resources management for oncologists. Equally important is the introduction into accounting, finance and investment.
Course 5.2: Health Care Systems
Health Care Systems introduces to different health systems and aspects of compensation for health services.
Course 5.3: Management of Processes and Entities
Management of processes, entities and people provides tools for assessing and improving leadership in oncology. This comprises classical topics such as practice and hospital management as well as behavioral economics.
Course 5.4: Quality Control
Quality control trains oncologists how to assess the quality of care from various perspectives. These analyses open opportunities for future improvements of cancer care.
Module 7: Master's Thesis ( ETCS Points: 15 )
Date: The Master's thesis is to be finished within 6 months from the admisson date to the submission date.
Chairman: Dean of Studies
Workload: 450 hours
Students should be able to: Perform an original scientific project in the field of Interdisciplinary Oncology, Clinical Research, Advanced Therapies and Integrated Concepts or Management. Students must summarize the data in a written report in the context of published data, critically discuss published data related to their project in a scientific presentation.
Thesis work: compulsory subject
Oral thesis project presentation: mandatory (Module 6)
BSc degree or equivalent degree. Proof of the participation and successful passing of the Modules 1 and 2. In case of failure of one or more of the exams, the subject-specific board of examiners will decide if the student may apply for admission.
Written (thesis) and oral (disputation); the oral disputation will not be graded
Two supervisors/examiners are required. At least one of both supervisors must be a member of Ulm University. Advisors working in the pharmaceutical industry may also take on supervision duities. All examiners have to be qualified for this duty, e.g. be a professor (equivalent to full or associate professors) or should be at the level of junior professors, junior group leaders or comparable. The Medical Faculty may grant the right to examine upon request.