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NCCN and Johns Hopkins Welcome Egyptian Delegation for Observership

Jonathan Larsen, MPP, Manager, Global Business Development

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) worked with The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, one of the 23 NCCN Member Institutions, to successfully coordinate a four-day observership for an Egyptian delegation of six clinicians from 28 – 31 October 2013. Delegates, from academic medical institutions in Alexandria, Cairo, and Tanta, Egypt, shadowed Johns Hopkins faculty on clinical rotations and attended a variety of lectures addressing the management of colorectal cancer, including a session dedicated to the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) development process. Discussions were also held about difficult colorectal cancer cases.

Due to the scope of the program, the delegates received NCCN International Educational Activities Program (NCCN IEAP) completion certificates for demonstration of general knowledge of NCCN Guidelines® for Colorectal Cancer. NCCN IEAP recognizes ex-U.S. physicians who have successfully completed required NCCN Guidelines educational content hours.

Sharaf Saleh, Director of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, whose team was instrumental in facilitating the observership with Johns Hopkins faculty and administration, noted, “We were very pleased to arrange this visit. At Johns Hopkins Medicine International, our goal is to facilitate the global expansion of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s mission: to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. One of the most important things we do is to create opportunities for our experts to exchange ideas with clinicians across the globe.”

NCCN has conducted similar observerships using this model at NCCN Member Institutions, notably a delegation from China that visited Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2010.