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About the SIOG Advanced Course

The SIOG Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology is designed for professionals who want to stay at the peak of their expertise. The course is a CME accredited training programme lead by international experts in the field of geriatrics and oncology designed to provide specific skills in assessment, care pathways and therapeutic choices for older patients with cancer. This 2-phase advanced course covers the general principles of cancer treament using case-based discussions in geriatrics for clinical oncologists as well as in clinical oncology for geriatricians. 


Course Dates

Academic year: 2019

Phase 1: A 4 day- course in Treviso, Italy from June 26-29, 2019
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Centro Studi Achille e Linda Lorenzon - Viale Guglielmo Oberdan 5, 31100 Treviso, Italy
Phase 2: this phase consists in attending the SIOG 2019 Annual Conference in Geneva, Switzerland (November 2019)

University Certificate will be provided to participants at the end of phase II on the proviso of attendance to Phase I and Phase II of the course.


Educational Objectives

  1. Master aspects of cancer medicine for geriatricians
  2. Access insights and applications of geriatric principles to clinical oncology
  3. Gain a solid understanding of collaboration models between medical oncologists and geriatricians



November 16, 2017 - the following article "Tumour boards in geriatric oncology" was  published in Age and Ageing (Bristish Geriatrics Society) and was based on contributions of several faculty members of the SIOG 2017 Advanced Course.
November 02, 2017 - 
an article on "A contribution to the future of geriatric oncology training: The SIOG Treviso advanced course" was published in the JGO. The article was written by Giuseppe Colloca and Silvio Monfardini.
October 05 , 2017 - an article on "The SIOG Treviso course: Students' perspective" was published in JGO. This article was written by two students who participated in this course in 2016.


Under the auspices of




  • A common module addressed to clinical oncologists and geriatricians
  • Two separate modules each for clinical oncologists and geriatricians
  • Common case presentations and discussions
  • Case selections and their presentations by the course faculty
  • Subdivision of the participants in 4 groups for internal anaylsis of cases for presentations of conclusions and general discussion

The faculty remains present and available for individual discussions and guidance as well as for general supervision for the development of multidisciplinary treatment teams in each participant's institution within one year of completion of the course. It also performs an assessment of the level of activity of the teams within 5 years after the end of the course.

Download the preliminary programme (dated March 5, 2019) - PDF

Scientific programme committee

Course director
Silvio Monfardini (IT)
Etienne Brain (FR)
Course coordinator
Giuseppe Colloca (IT)
Martine Extermann (US)
Pierre Soubeyran (FR)
Tanya Wildes (US)
Najia Musolino (CH) – ex-officio
Honorary members
Riccardo Audisio (GB)
Lodovico Balducci (US)



Matti Aapro (CH)Andrea Luciani (IT)
Riccardo Audisio (GB)Silvio Monfardini (IT)
Lodovico Balducci (US)Shane O'Hanlon (IE)
Etienne Brain (FR)Siri Rostoft (NO)
Antonella Brunello (IT)Pierre Soubeyran (FR)
Kwok-Leung Cheung (UK)Vincenzo Valentini (IT)
Giuseppe Colloca (IT)Tanya Wildes (US)
Martine Extermann (US)Troy Wildes (US)
Marije E Hamaker (NL)

Attendance to the course is limited to a maximum of 35 participants and admission is competitive.
All applications will be reviewed by the Course committee for the final selection of the course participants. Successful applicants must pay the registration fee in order to be granted admission to the two phases of the course.


Ideal profile of the advanced course candidate

  • Medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and anaesthologists
  • Medical oncology fellows
  • Geriatricians
  • Geriatric fellows
  • Fluency in English (The course is taught and examined in English. English language skills must be good enough to undertake an intensive, interactive and challenging academic course.)


Course Fees

SIOG Member              EUR 1,400.00
Non-SIOG Member       EUR 1,650.00

Fees include:

  • Teaching and course documents,
  • Lunches and coffee breaks during the course in Treviso,
  • Welcome lunch and farewell dinner,
  • Access to online course proceedings,
  • 1 year SIOG membership for 2019 for those who are not a SIOG member
  • Registration to SIOG 2019 Annual Conference in Geneva, Switzerland (November 2019)

Not included in the fees are the travel expenses to the course in Treviso and to the Annual Conference in Geneva, hotel accommodation, dinners in Treviso, any lunches and dinners during the Annual Conference and transfers.


How to apply

The admission process is NOW closed.


Next steps

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Course committee
  • All applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection process in the beginning of March 2019
  • Successful applicants will have to pay their admission fee as marked above either by bank transfer or via PayPal
  • Once the payment has been received, applicants will receive their course confirmation along with all relevant course documents in due course


Key Dates

Admission process opens - January 7, 2019
Admission process closes - February 11, 2019
Notification of acceptance - March 2019

CME accreditation and diploma

The SIOG 2019 Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology, Treviso, Italy, has been granted 23 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

Accreditation Statement
Accreditation by the EACCME® confers the right to place the following statement in all communication materials including the event website, the event programme and the certificate of attendance. The following statements must be used without revision: “The SIOG 2019 Advanced Course in Geriatric Oncology, Treviso, Italy, 26/06/2019-29/06/2019 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 23 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at
Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

EACCME® credits
Each participant can only receive the number of credits he/she is entitled to according to his/her actual participation at the event once he/she has completed the feedback form. Cf. criteria 9 and 23 of UEMS 2016.20. In order to help you issue individual certificates to each participants, please find below the breakdown of ECMEC®s per day:
26.06.2019 - 6.00
27.06.2019 - 4.00
28.06.2019 - 7.00
29.06.2019 - 6.00
The EACCME® awards ECMEC®s on the basis of 1 ECMEC® for one hour of CME with a maximum of 8 ECMEC®s per day. Cf. Chapter X of UEMS 2016.20.

At the end of the course, in accordance with art. 6 of Law no. 341/1990, students will receive a certificate as provided by art. 2, paragraph 5, of Title I of the academic regulations of the University. In accordance with the programme of Continuing Medical Education, the students in a university course are exempted from acquiring the CME credits for the current year (or 50 CME credits).The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart reserves the right to not activate or cancel the course if it does not reach the coverage of expenses.

To obtain the final certification, students are required to attend at least 80% of the teaching and training and the successful completion of all course tests.

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SIOG Advanced Course activities during the SIOG Annual Conference

The SIOG Advanced Course is held in two stages; stage one is taking place during the intensive teaching course in Treviso, Italy (June 26-29, 2019) and the second one during the SIOG 2019 Annual Conference in Geneva, Switzerland (November 14-16, 2019). It is mandatory for all students to be present at both stages in order to obtain the final diploma and CME certificate.

Please find here below the activities that are organized during the SIOG 2019 Annual Conference for the SIOG Advanced Course participants and kindly mark your agenda:

Welcome coffee and follow up with course faculty and students

Friday, November 15, 2019 | during the morning coffee break (10:30-11:00)
CICG - The International Conference Center Geneva - Dedicated poster area in exhibition hall
Meet up with your fellow students and the faculty to share feedback, expectations, improvements, unmet needs, etc.

Dedicated poster walk for posters by the course students

Saturday, November 16, 2019 | during the morning coffee break (10:30-11:00)
CICG - The International Conference Center Geneva - Dedicated poster area in exhibition hall
Course students will have the possibility to discuss their poster (see below for instructions) with the Geriatric Oncology community present at the conference and showcase planned projects after the course.

Final wrap up and knowledge assessment of the Advanced Course*

Saturday, November 16, 2019 | From 13:30-14:30
CICG - The International Conference Center Geneva - Hall 5
Multiple choice questions related to the SIOG 2019 Annual Conference plenary sessions and the sessions that took place in Treviso.
*ATTENTION: This assessment is mandatory for all students in order to obtain the final diploma and CME certificate of the Advanced Course.

Further information will be provided in due course.