The care for children with cancer requires a multidisciplinary team of caregivers that includes pediatric hematologist/oncologists, pathologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists, infectious disease experts, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, social workers and a large administrative support team. Building this diverse workforce remains one of the most significant challenges to providing quality care in low- and middle-income countries.
Treatment also requires access to advanced medical care facilities with capabilities including advanced diagnostics, bone marrow transplantation, limb-salvage surgeries and radiation therapy. Because no single facility can provide this broad range of services, national and regional centers of excellence must be developed.
To train the workforce to meet these needs, St. Jude Global will establish a comprehensive training program both on our campus and at regional sites.
- Global Medicine Fellowship
Through this program, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellows at St. Jude can conduct their training and research in the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine. Fellows will acquire the knowledge and skills to deliver pediatric cancer care in low- and middle-income countries and engage in pertinent research.
- St. Jude Global Academy Training Seminars
This is a focused, certificate-based training for health care providers working in the St. Jude Global Alliance sites. The seminars combine distance learning and on-site education at St. Jude. The distance-learning component provides the foundational knowledge, and the residential learning component helps consolidate knowledge and support the development of dedicated initiatives that the trainees will develop upon return to their home programs.
- Global Scholars Program
Rising physician leaders will complete a rigorous, two-year program leading to a Master of Science degree in Global Child Health through the St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Scholars in this program will study with St. Jude faculty and visiting adjunct faculty. Participants will also conduct research that advances care around the world.
- Regional Education Programs
These two- to four-week certificate programs are tailored to the specific needs of each region. St. Jude and the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine help regional faculty and staff prepare curricula and testing methods. In some cases, participants visit the St. Jude campus for hands-on training.
- St. Jude Global Fellowships
Physicians from low- and middle-income countries may take part in St. Jude training programs administered in their home countries. After completing a pediatric residency, a physician may enter a two- to three-year pediatric hematology-oncology training program. St. Jude Global will provide a unified curriculum, train the programs’ leaders and develop distance-learning modules. Fellows may also travel to the St. Jude campus to take part in related courses.
- Distance Learning
St. Jude Cure4Kids, a web-based platform for education and collaboration, supports live meetings for member sites and other pediatric oncology professionals worldwide. Not only does St. Jude Cure4Kids offer online training, education and collaboration tools for the international health care community, but it teaches children and parents about the science of cancer. Explore online resources >