Chair: Francois Doz

Committee Members: Erin Peckham Gregory, Claudia Sampor, Mahmoud Hammad, Lorena Segovia, Trisha Soosayraj, Maya Prasad, Liz Sniderman, Scott Moerdler

Education and training are some of the key reasons for pediatric oncology providers to join SIOP. SIOP members strive to expand their medical and scientific knowledge on paediatric cancer through a number of means: attending the SIOP’s Annual Congresses and meetings of its continental branches, accessing educational resources on the SIOP website including learning modules on SIOP knowledge centre and treatment protocols, and updating their knowledge about recently published articles through SOSIDO digest listserv, etc.

The SIOP Education & Training Committee spearheads the work on Goal 3 of the SIOP Strategy 2021-2025 (Providing Education and Training), and strives to make opportunities for continued education and training for the entire SIOP community.


“GAP4Cure” Educational Course Development

SIOP and the International Pediatric Association (IPA), the largest global body representing the professional societies of pediatricians from over 144 countries, are collaborating in the development of an educational course on early diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer, called “GAP4Cure: Global Avenues for Paediatricians in Childhood Cancer Care and Cure”. The main target audience for the course is paediatricians. The course development is led by Dr. Nita Radhakrishnan, Chair of the IPA Program Area Working Group on Childhood Cancer and Dr. Francois Doz, Chair of the SIOP Education and Training Committee.

The Educational Course with videos, pre-reading material and exercises is being developed. This will be self-paced, available free of cost to everyone, and will generate a certificate upon successful completion of an exam at the end of the course. This certificate may serve as an incentive for pediatric trainees to join pediatric hematology/oncology in future as well as to periodically refresh their knowledge in order to facilitate early diagnosis and appropriate initial management of children with cancer. The Education Course is expected to be ready in late 2024.