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      Cancer education in Lithuania

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          Abstract

          The aim of this article is to describe cancer education in Lithuania according to the data of 2013.

          In Lithuania, there are the following stages of education for physicians: basic education through integrated studies of medicine (six years), postgraduate education through residency studies (four to five years), and continuing professional development.

          In recent years, integrated studies of medicine have been the most popular specialty. Oncology is incorporated into the teaching courses in medicine programmes. In each university, an oncology course is mandatory during these studies.

          In Lithuania, there are two types of specialists related to oncology: medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. These oncologists complete multidisciplinary residency study programmes in the clinics.

          To receive a doctoral degree, specialists may join PhD programmes at any of the accredited universities. In recent years the number of dissertations in oncology has grown. Notably, oncology is chosen not only by students in the field of medicine. It also becomes the choice of those seeking a doctorate in the fields of nursing, public health, biochemistry, and physics.

          The professional development of oncologists is a lifelong commitment. In Lithuania, continuing specialist medical training is mandatory. This requirement is ensured with the process of licensing of medical practice.

          All Lithuanian study programmes are certificated by an independent public agency and are recognised by a number of other countries as well.

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              Author and article information

              Journal
              Ecancermedicalscience
              Ecancermedicalscience
              ecancermedicalscience
              ecancermedicalscience
              Cancer Intelligence
              1754-6605
              2014
              04 December 2014
              : 8
              Affiliations
              National Cancer Institute, Santariskiu Street 1, 08660 Vilnius, Lithuania
              Author notes
              Correspondence to: Vydmantas Atkocius. vydmantas.atkocius@ 123456nvi.lt
              Article
              can-8-487
              10.3332/ecancer.2014.487
              4263525
              25525465
              © the authors; licensee ecancermedicalscience.

              This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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              Oncology & Radiotherapy

              cancer education, lithuania, oncological educational programmes

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