Medical Student Oncology Congress: Designed and Implemented by Brazilian Medical Students

  • Celeste Rodovalho Soares de Camargo
  • Jean Henri Maselli Schoueri
  • Felippe Lazar Neto
  • Paola Boaro Segalla
  • Auro del Giglio
  • Daniel I. G. Cubero


Oncology is an essential field of medicine; however, its teaching is occasionally underemphasized and uncoordinated during medical school. An alternative method of providing additional oncological information to medical students is through extracurricular activities, such as congresses and medical student associations. The aim of this paper is to describe a Medical Student Oncology Congress entirely designed and organized by medical students. Three medical students from oncology study and research groups identified the gap in oncology training at universities and decided to organize a congress for students. They selected representatives from 26 universities in Brazil for onsite registration and created a website for online registration and promotion of the congress. To determine the topics of the lectures, they searched the medical literature for the most commonly occurring cancers in adults and children. Extrapolating the academic content of oncology, they organized lectures by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), talks on career guidance and research in this field as well as a role-playing workshop to train future doctors on how to deliver news to patients. There were a total of 609 attendees, with 590 students from 26 different universities in Brazil. Approximately 82% were medical students, and among the participants there were also 15 medical educators. A total of 80.75% of the participants were extremely satisfied with the congress, and 99.17% would recommend it to a colleague. Most of the overall cost of the congress, 96%, was covered by registration fees. There was a 6% positive net balance, which was donated to the NGOs participating in the congress. This successful experience proves that it is possible to have a congress fully designed, organized and managed by students. It demonstrates how students can be active participants in their own education, as opposed to a classic approach through which only professors are responsible for instruction.


Medical students Education Conference Medical oncology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celeste Rodovalho Soares de Camargo
    • 1
  • Jean Henri Maselli Schoueri
    • 1
  • Felippe Lazar Neto
    • 2
  • Paola Boaro Segalla
    • 3
  • Auro del Giglio
    • 4
  • Daniel I. G. Cubero
    • 4
  1. 1.ABC School of MedicineSanto AndreBrazil
  2. 2.University of Sao PauloSao PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Santa Casa Medical SchoolSao PauloBrazil
  4. 4.Oncology and Haematology DepartmentABC School of MedicineSanto AndreBrazil

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