"Advanced Therapies in Oncology"

Continuing medical education in oncology (Certificate of Advanced Studies)

Continuing medical education "Advanced Therapies in Oncology"
Medical Director: Prof. Dr. Stephan Stilgenbauer

The 5-month certificate continuing medical education course “Advanced Therapies in Oncology” gives you an intensive insight into the entire field of Clinical Oncology. This includes the aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and therapy of solid tumours as well as malignant neoplasms of the blood-forming system. In addition, you will learn and refresh other important aspects of comprehensive cancer care: palliative care, evidence-based complementary therapy concepts, pain management and psycho-oncology. Lectures and workshops on conducting conversations in a clinical context round off the continuing education and you also have the opportunity to take advantage of a personal coaching.

Upon successful completion of this advanced continuing education, you will be fit in clinical oncology and master the current therapy concepts for patients with malignant solid tumours and malignant neoplasms of the hematopoietic system. Together with your patients, you can make the best possible evidence-based treatment decisions and initiate supportive measures when needed.

A very special highlight of this comprehensive continuing education:
In cooperation with the European School of Oncology, a final week will be held as part of the international “ESO-ESMO Masterclass in Clinical Oncology. ”
The Masterclass is held at different European locations. As part of a group of leading international oncologists, you will take part in the plenary sessions on solid tumours and have the opportunity to present and discuss your own oncological cases.

"Challenging and compact. Advanced Therapies provides a deep insight into the entire therapeutic spectrum of cancer treatment."

Prof. Dr. Stephan Stilgenbauer on the content and objectives of "Advanced Therapies".

At a glance

  • Duration: 5 months flexible online learning
  • Continuing education in English
  • Small groups (max. 20 people)
  • Costs:
    5. 275,- € (in 2 instalments)
    4. 875,- € (for one-off payment)
  • International networking
  • Personal coaching
  • 115 CME points
  • Special Highlight: Participation in the International ESO-ESMO Masterclass
  • Start: October (yearly)
    Deadline for applications: 15 September

Detailed information on continuing medical education "Advanced Therapies in Oncology"

What am I going to learn?
How does the programme suit me?
How am I going to learn?

Agenda and curriculum

Blended Learning – a contemporary learning concept

The continuing medical education module “Advanced Therapies in Oncology” follows the Advanced Oncology Blended Learning concept. This means that 90% of the lessons are available online as a video module. Our Advanced Oncology library with the relevant literature is available for download. You always have the opportunity to clarify your questions directly with us, be it content or organisation. Of course, your content-related questions will be clarified immediately with the respective lecturer.

Course 1: Clinical Oncology I

In this course you will learn and repeat the diagnosis and treatment of solid tumors of the breast, the female reproductive organs, the urogenital tract and the digestive organs.

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian carcinoma
  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial carcinoma and trophoblastic disease
  • Vulva and vaginal tumours
  • Bladder tumour
  • Prostate cancer
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Kidnaid tumour
  • colorectal carcinomas
  • Stomach cancer
  • Oesophageal carcinoma
  • Bile and bile duct tumours
  • Hepatic carcinoma
  • Pancreatic carcinoma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumor

Course 2: Clinical Oncology II

This course focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the lungs, head-neck area, skin and thyroid gland along with malignant neoplasms of the blood-forming system.

  • Lung tumours
  • Mesothelioma
  • Head/neck tumours
  • Thyroid carcinoma
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Bone sarcomas
  • Melanoma
  • Neurooncology
  • HIV-associated neoplasms
  • CUP Syndrome
  • Acute Leukaemias and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (AML, ALL, MDS)
  • Chronic leukaemias (CML, CLL)
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgin Lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma and plasma cell dyscrasias
  • Paediatric Oncology

Course 3: Integrated Therapeutic Concepts

In this course you will deepen your knowledge in palliative medicine, evidence-based complementary therapies, fertility-sustaining measures, pain therapy, psycho-oncology, communication and conversation management.

  • Palliative medicine
  • Complementary therapies
  • Pain therapy
  • Supportive Therapies
  • Fertility maintenance
  • Ethics
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Communication and conversation
  • COVID-19 and cancer


Participants and goals


The continuing medical education module “Advanced Therapies in Oncology” is perfect for

  • Specialists (and specialists-to-be, i.e. fellows in clinical training) in oncology and haematology
  • Physicians from neighbouring disciplines
  • Scientists (natural and economic sciences) if you would like to deepen your knowledge of oncology

All content is based upon the ESMO/ASCO Recommendations for a Global Curriculum in Oncology.

Your previously acquired knowledge

You will need the following:

  • Physicians: Professional experience of at least one year in oncology or
  • Scientists: Professional experience in oncology of at least two years; or

the successfully completed advanced continuing medical education module “Interdisciplinary Oncology”

Your learning objective

  • You will bring your knowledge of clinical oncology up to date.
  • You will learn about the possibilities of modern, holistic and evidence-based care concepts.
  • You will improve your skills in conducting conversations with cancer patients and their relatives.
  • You strengthen your own resilience.

Regardless of whether you want to develop yourself as a manager or want to learn about new diagnostic and therapeutic options, the contining medical education will show you the latest findings, diagnoses and therapies by means of concrete examples.

Your personal support

Throughout the entire period of your continuing medical education programme, you will have direct personal contact with Dr. Uta Schmidt-Strassburger, who is your contact person for all questions concerning your education.

Study smart: The “Study Advanced Oncology” platform

Advanced Oncology Blended-Learning: 90% Online learning, 10% Presence workshops

In the contining education “Specialist Interdisciplinary Oncology” you learn 90% online, self-determined and flexible in time. About 10% of the contining education time is covered by the workshop seminars.

Your seminar documents

You will receive all important information in digital form before starting your further education. Your seminar documents will be made available for download on the learning platform.

Digital learning platform

At the beginning of the contining education, you will receive access to our learning platform “Study Advanced Oncology”, which was redesigned in 2021. Here you will find all your teaching materials including learning videos and documentation. You use the platform as a browser application without additional installation. To participate successfully, all you need is a computer with internet connection, a microphone and a webcam (internal microphone and webcam are also possible).

The contining education itself contains many interactive elements that make the learning material very lively and varied. Up to the exam, you will learn flexibly and independently in terms of time and location. During this time, the scientific director, Dr. Schmidt-Strassburger, will be at your disposal to answer any questions regarding the content of the module.

Presence Seminars: Networking and Examinations

We organize our presence seminars in the creative and inspiring rooms of Villa Eberhard in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg. At the beginning of the classroom seminars, you will take your exam. The seminars last 3 or 4 days and offer a varied program with plenty of time for teamwork and creative discussions in workshops.

Included: Your participation in the ESO-ESMO Masterclass 2022

As a graduate of the Specialist Advanced Therapies in Oncology, you will join us in the ESO-ESMO Masterclass, which is organised by our cooperation partner, the European School of Oncology (ESO). They are guided by the organizer as participants (with the opportunity to present their own case) or as observers.

In this six-day seminar, you will review what you have learned in the advanced training, meet European colleagues from oncology and exchange ideas with the other international participants of the Masterclass. They practice difficult communication scenarios with British experts and professional actors.

Dates and details

  • Deadline for registration: Annually 15 September

  • Virtual introduction to the learningplatform: 14. October 2022

  • Online learning phase: October 2022 – March 2023

  • Seminar: 20 - 22 March 2023. Exam: 20. March 2023

  • ESO-ESMO Masterclass: date to be announced by ESO

Introduction to the learning platform “Study Advanced Oncology”

At the beginning of your advanced training, we invite you to a virtual introductory seminar, where we will introduce you to the learning platform “Study Advanced Oncology. ” Here you will find the learning content for the module you have booked in a well-structured form. In addition to the intuitive use of our Moodle-based learning management system, you will also get to know the communication functions of the system, through which you can exchange ideas with your lecturers and colleagues. The learning platform, updated in 2021, contains all didactically prepared instructional videos that you can view individually. For each learning unit you will find further literature and tasks for self-examination of your learning progress.

Quality management

During your continuing education and after the seminar days, we ask you to evaluate your learning units and seminars. This evaluation is an important tool of our quality management. We report your evaluations back to our instructors and thus guarantee the consistently high quality of our modules.

Your participation in the ESO-ESMO Masterclass

The venue of the Masterclass is provided by ESO/ESMO will take place in different European countries (subject to the development of the pandemic, preferably in presence).
The costs of participation in the seminar, hotel accommodation and board are included in the course fee. Arrival and departure are organised independently, and we will of course provide you with the relevant information in good time.


Upon successful completion of the “Advanced Therapies in Oncology” module, you will receive the corresponding Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS). This contining education is certified with 70 CME (further contining education points of the Baden-Württemberg Medical Association) or 12 ECTS points.

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Physicians (specialists or specialists-to-be) in oncology and haematology or from neighbouring disciplines with a professional experience of at least one year in oncology or

Scientists (natural, engineering and economic sciences) with a professional experience in oncology of at least two years;


with the successfully completed advanced continuing medical education module “Interdisciplinary Oncology”

Please submit the notification (s. a.) by September 15 at the latest (closing date).

Thereafter you will receive a confirmation message with the list of the requested documents which you have to submit then via email.

  1. Original Bachelor degree certificate in medicine, natural sciences, engineering or economic courses or equivalent at the level of usually four years of studies or 240 ECTS credits.
  2. Original transcript of records (or equivalent) including the official grading scale (minimum grade for passing the Bachelor degree or equivalent, maximum grade)
  3. Certified translations in English or German of the documents if the originals are not in English or German.
  4. Employment verification of the professional experience in oncology by indicating the time periods (physicians: at leat one year; non-physicians: at least two years)
    -->Note: This serves to ensure that the required professional experience has been earned. You do not need to document all employment of your professional life, just the year (physicians) or two years (non-physicians) required for admission.
  5. Curriculum Vitae

The tuition fee is 4,875 € for single payment respectively 5,275 € (for payment in 2 instalments).

Travel, living expenses and accommodation costs during the attendance seminars is not included in the fee. 

The course takes one semester.

The course starts every year in October.

The tuition language is English. There is no requirement to be proficient in German.

There are 2 seminars:

1. Seminar: one day in October, online: The introduction to the course and to the learning platform will be held via Zoom

2. Seminar at the end of the course: mandatory attendance seminar (3 days: Monday to Wednesday in March) where the exam will be held as well. You have to attend in person.

The exam will be held at the end of the course during the mandatory attendance seminar. The exam is performed tablet- or paperbased and consists of a selection of single-choice-questions covering the subject of the course.

Upon successful completion of the “Advanced Therapies and Integrated Concepts” module, you will receive the corresponding Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS).

This continuing medical education is certified with 115 CME (further continuing medical education points of the Baden-Württemberg Medical Association) or 12 ECTS points.