Medical Science Summer School Oncology for Medical Students

Groningen, The Netherlands

Motivated medical students who have an interest in the medical field of oncology. Students from all over the world, including from our own country the Netherlands, are welcome to participate. Students should be at the start of or in the middle of their medical studies.

  • Schelto Kruijff, Surgical Oncologist, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Christian Hammer, Radiation Oncologist, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Frank Kruyt, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/Medical Oncologist, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Jan Roodenburg, MKA Surgeon, Professor of Maxillofacial Surgical Oncologist, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Clara Lemstra, Surgical Oncologist, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Annemarie Leliveld-Kors, Urologist Oncologist, University Medical Center Groningen


  • The educational program consists of interactive lectures, workshops and tumor boards. Students will focus on general aspects of cancer including biological aspects, diagnostic approaches, clinical issues and psycho-oncology. The lectures are given by medical, radiation and surgical oncologist, radiologists, physicists and psycho-oncologists.
  • The workshops and tumor boards go into more depth on the topics discussed in the lectures. The aim is to teach students how to deal with daily problems in clinical practice. In addition, students will learn how multidisciplinary consultation and decisions are made in a tumor board
  • Students make an informative exam before and at the end of the summer school covering the main course contents in order to evaluate and document the learning experience and knowledge obtained.


  • All students are requested to send in either an abstract or clinical case study. The abstract should be on a research project which you have been involved in. The case must be about an oncological patient and should illustrate an important oncological concept or treatment plan. The preparation of the abstracts and clinical cases should be supervised by a faculty member at the home medical school of the students.
  • All students are asked to give a presentation on their abstract or case. All abstracts, posters and presentations will be reviewed by the faculty members from the organising Center. The best abstract, clinical case and presentation will be awarded and students get a prize and a certificate.

The goal of the Groningen/Vienna Summer Schools is to teach a multidisciplinary approach to oncology to medical students before they enter the clinic. The first Summer School in Groningen was held in 1996 and in Vienna in 1999. So far, students from both Summer schools recorded high satisfaction with the organisation, scientific content and topic range.

The course aims to:

  • Teach a multidisciplinary approach to oncology to medical students before they enter the clinic
  • Help students to become familiar with cancer care in general health practice, to reduce fear of patients with a malignant disease and to learn more about cancer related problems in other countries 
  • Introduce cancer related research and development, new technologies in diagnostic procedures (invasive and non-invasive) and modern multidisciplinary treatment approaches 
  • Become familiar with preparing abstracts and posters and presenting at an international meeting. 
  • To encourage critical scientific reasoning and the development of collaboration, and communication skills with peers from all around the world and to help establish an international network.


University Medical Center Groningen

Hanzeplein 1

9713 GZ Groningen


Faculty of Medical Sciences

Antonius Deusinglaan 1

9713 AV Groningen



The Student Hotel Groningen

Boterdiep 9

9712 LH Groningen


  • All students are requested to send an abstract upfront with an oncologic topic related to cancer and cancer care in their home country
  • A motivational pitch on video of 1 minute to tell us something on your personality and interests, your reason to apply and what your expectations of the Summer School are.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation from a physician or supervisor

The appplication submission deadline is 15 May 2020


  • Selected participants will benefit from free registration, lunches and accommodation from 1 July 2020 - 10 July 2020
  • Participation in the entire scientific program is mandatory for a certificate.
  • There will also be a social program during the week and weekend so students can learn more about our country and culture, and get to know each other.
  • The course will start on Wednesday 1 July 2020 and end on Friday 10 July 2020 at 17:00. Participants should arrive on Wednesday 1 July in the morning.

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