Wednesday 13 October 2010
This course is given as collaboration of the Dutch Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leewenhoek Hospital (NKI-AVL) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and is held at the NKI-AVL in Amsterdam.
This 5 week during course will provide 6 EC and is given twice a year. The aim is to provide insight into the molecular basis of normal and tumor cell behaviour and the development of new methods for cancer diagnosis and therapy. This course was reviewing oncology from the brought view of epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment to more detailed research on organ-, tissue-, cellular-, protein-, and DNA-level. Also a radiotherapy tour is given to give a better view of the clinic.
Most days the lectures were given in the morning from 9am to 1pm, after which the afternoons are free for preparation for tutorials, reading literature, and self study for the exams. We had two multiple choice exams during the course, followed by an essay exam. All lectures and exams were asked to be reviewed by a questionnaire.
There were possibilities to talk to the lecturers during the breaks. A lot of students took this opportunity to ask more detailed questions, or to network and inform about possibilities for internships or even a PhD.
Since a lot of students were from different universities with different background, the lectures were at the beginning a bit easygoing followed by in-depth details and recent results in research and publications. As I was already interested in oncology during my studies and especially to the role of the immune system towards cancer, I was very pleased with this course. There was a positive environment and the course was well organized, but most of all I learned a lot of new things.