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Kamp, Marcel A.; Malzkorn, Bastian; Sass, Christiane von; DiMeco, Francesco; Hadjipanayis, Constantinos G.; Senft, Christian; Rapp, Marion; Gepfner-Tuma, Irina; Fountas, Konstantinos; Krieg, Sandro M.; Neukirchen, Martin; Florian, Ioan Stefan; Schnell, Oliver; Mijderwijk, Hendrik-Jan; Perin, Alessandro; Baumgarten, Peter; Lieshout, Jasper H. van; Thon, Niklas; Renovanz, Miriam; Kahlert, Ulf; Spoor, Jochem K. H.; Haenggi, Daniel; McLean, Aaron Lawson; Maeurer, Matthias; Sarrubbo, Silvio; Freyschlag, Christian F.; Schmidt, Nils O.; Vergani, Francesco; Jungk, Christine; Stein, Marco; Forster, Marie-Therese; Weinberg, Jeffrey S.; Sinclair, John; Belykh, Evgenii; Bello, Lorenzo; Mandonnet, Emmanuel; Moiyadi, Aliasgar and Sabel, Michael (2021): Proposed definition of competencies for surgical neuro-oncology training. In: Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Vol. 153, No. 1: pp. 121-131

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Objective The aim of this work is to define competencies and entrustable professional activities (EPAs) to be imparted within the framework of surgical neuro-oncological residency and fellowship training as well as the education of medical students. Improved and specific training in surgical neuro-oncology promotes neuro-oncological expertise, quality of surgical neuro-oncological treatment and may also contribute to further development of neuro-oncological techniques and treatment protocols. Specific curricula for a surgical neuro-oncologic education have not yet been established. Methods We used a consensus-building approach to propose skills, competencies and EPAs to be imparted within the framework of surgical neuro-oncological training. We developed competencies and EPAs suitable for training in surgical neuro-oncology. Result In total, 70 competencies and 8 EPAs for training in surgical neuro-oncology were proposed. EPAs were defined for the management of the deteriorating patient, the management of patients with the diagnosis of a brain tumour, tumour-based resections, function-based surgical resections of brain tumours, the postoperative management of patients, the collaboration as a member of an interdisciplinary and/or -professional team and finally for the care of palliative and dying patients and their families. Conclusions and Relevance The present work should subsequently initiate a discussion about the proposed competencies and EPAs and, together with the following discussion, contribute to the creation of new training concepts in surgical neuro-oncology.

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