Undergraduate clinical oncology
This means that virtually all doctors will come into contact with patients who have cancer or have had cancer.
The RCR, therefore, believes it is vital for medical students to be adequately prepared during their undergraduate years to be able to safely manage patients with cancer from day one as a junior doctor.
We offer a range of resources, opportunities, and events to encourage undergraduates to learn more about oncology and to increase awareness of clinical oncology at the undergraduate level. Information about all these can be accessed via the tabs above, and they include:
British Oncology Network for Undergraduate Societies (BONUS)
A network to support undergraduate oncology societies in UK medical schools and bring together students interested in oncology.
Undergraduate Non-Surgical Oncology Curriculum
A curriculum for medical schools designed to provide a basis for undergraduate non-surgical oncology teaching to facilitate medical students gaining the competencies required to manage patients with cancer appropriately when they graduate.
Annual Undergraduate Oncology Day
Every year in May or June, the RCR holds a one-day meeting for undergraduates interested in oncology. See the tab above for this year's programme.
Five bursaries funded by the RCR are available on an annual basis and are intended to support medical students wishing to undertake an elective period of study in clinical oncology in the UK or abroad.
An essay prize and a research prize are available for undergraduates annually, as is an award for innovation and excellence in undergraduate teaching, all funded by the EAR Edinburgh Congress. Also available every year is the opportunity for undergraduate societies to be named "RCR Undergraduate Society of the Year."
The Clinical Oncology Undergraduate Steering Committee
The committee is responsible for directing our work with undergraduates and for delivering the following activities:
- Working to increase the amount of oncology that is taught in medical schools, including looking for new and innovative ways of delivering that teaching.
- Raising awareness of the importance of oncological knowledge for all doctors from the start of their careers.
- Raising awareness of the specialty of clinical oncology among medical students and promoting it as an attractive career option.
- Supporting undergraduate oncology societies in UK medical schools.
- Planning and delivering the RCR’s annual undergraduate oncology day.
- Awarding the RCR’s undergraduate prizes and bursaries
The membership consists of:
- Undergraduate lead and chair of the committee
- Five clinical oncology consultants actively involved in undergraduate education
- Four clinical oncology trainees actively involved in undergraduate education
- A medical student with an interest in oncology
- The RCR’s Training and Education Manager
If you have any questions about any of work with undergraduates, or if you wish to suggest other activities we could consider, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover clinical oncology
Learn about the ways you can engage with the specialty as an undergraduate
Undergraduate curriculum (clinical oncology)
In 2014 the clinical oncology faculty of the RCR worked with medical oncology colleagues at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) to compile a curriculum which provided a basis for undergraduate non-surgical oncology teaching in the UK.
Undergraduate Oncology Day
The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) annually holds a free whole-day meeting for undergraduates with an interest in oncology.
Bringing together medical students with an interest in oncology.