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Medical Oncology

Our aim is to produce doctors who are inspirational oncologists with a solid understanding of the science of cancer, who have a keen desire to improve treatments by participating in and developing clinical trials and who have a deeply empathic approach to patients and their families.

Image of two radiotherapists controlling a procedure on a cancer patientTo achieve that, Wessex offers a broad spectrum of clinical oncology training with experience in all tumour sites, both common and rare.

You'll receive excellent support from our dedicated NHS consultants and clinical academics, plus superb access to clinical and basic science oncology research.

Wessex trainees attend MDTs, plus out-patient, new, follow-up and chemotherapy clinics in all tumour types and also receive extensive experience in acute oncology and management of oncological emergencies via both our Macmillan-sponsored acute oncology service and on-call duties. You'll also go on departmental ward rounds and attend journal clubs and monthly audit and morbidty/mortality meetings, where you will be expected to present cases on a regular basis.

We provide a programme of off-site educational days, plus there are extensive educational opportunities within the University of Southampton Cancer Sciences department, situated at the University Southampton Hospital.
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Wessex trainees have scored a 100 per cent success rate with passing the medical oncology SC examination at the first attempt. After gaining their CCT, all previous Wessex medical oncology trainees have been appointed to substantive consultant posts.

Where we provide training

Most trainees spend three years at Southampton and a year at either Portsmouth or Poole/ Bournemouth:


Other opportunities for trainees

Southampton offers many research opportunities, including laboratory-based projects, novel therapeutics and clinical trials. We have very close links with the University of Southampton Clinical Trials Unit and the Southampton Clinical Genetics Service and our trainees have the opportunity to spend attachments with these departments.

A number of our medical oncology trainees have undertaken their OOP experience in international oncology centres. Many of our consultants have international links and we are always very happy to facilitate overseas clinical or research experiences.

We support trainees who undertake a postgraduate qualification (MD/PhD) during their training or pursue MEF and QIF fellowships.

What makes Wessex different?

Besides the high quality of the training and excellent opportunities for professional development, it's the special interest work, plus leadership and management skills development that sets us apart.

Is this right for you?

If you've a desire to improve cancer care in the future by supporting clinical research and you're conscientious, hard-working, good at interacting with multi-disciplinary teams and have exceptional communication skills, then Wessex could be the right choice for you.

What to do next

Applications for medical oncology training are made via Oriel.


Please see these pages for a list of contacts:

School of Medicine Contacts

Specialty Specific Contacts

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