Mary Chamberlin, MD
As a medical oncologist who has long been interested in global health, I felt it was a privilege to be able to attend my first African Organization for Research & Training in Cancer (AORTIC) Conference last November in Kigali, Rwanda, and I look forward to many more. As I reflect on the excitement of the release of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Harmonization Guidelines and the recent announcement by Pfizer and Cipla to increase access to 16 essential cancer treatments,1 I was a little amused but also rather shocked during rounds last week at Dartmouth Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. A patient with newly diagnosed rapidly progressive, poorly differentiated, metastatic lung cancer was being examined by 1 of our second-year hematology-oncology fellows. As I will explain, it was a reminder of how quickly we all have to adapt our teaching and training programs to keep up with the changing pace of care around the world.
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