The Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty hosted the 5th Pediatric Oncology Course in collaboration with the Turkish Pediatric Oncology Group Society. The “Pediatric Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma” themed course took place on Saturday, the 24th of February 2018 at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Center. The said course commenced with opening speeches at 08:50 and was attended by 25 Turkish Pediatric Oncology Group Society member academicians from Turkey’s top universities and 73 pediatric experts in addition to EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty academic staff and students. The course commenced with an EMU and EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty promotional film screening which was followed by a moment of silence and the national anthem.
“I Would Like to Thank the Rector of EMU”
In her opening speech, Turkish Pediatric Oncology Group Society President Prof. Dr. Emel Ünal thanked EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Nahide Gökçora and Turkish Pediatric Oncology Group Society Management for the contributions to the organization of the course. Stating that the course on sarcoma was organized for Hematology and Oncology students Prof. Dr. Ünal also touched upon the history of the Turkish Pediatric Oncology Group Society.
“I am Proud to be Hosting Our Treasured Experts”
EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Nahide Gökçora indicated that they are proud to be hosting valuable academicians who have made important contributions to pediatrics. “I would like to welcome all of our oncologist friends. On behalf of the EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty I highlight that we are very happy to be hosting you in Famagusta. I also extend my gratitude to Turkish Pediatric Oncology Group Society President Prof. Dr. Emel Ünal and EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam who provided us with this opportunity.”
Emphasizing that she is very happy and excited Prof. Dr. Gökçora noted “The EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty organizes many conferences and congresses in order to encourage research whilst contributing to science and its dissemination. Today we tackle bone and soft tissue sarcoma diagnosis and treatment with a multidisciplinary approach.
“EMU is Amongst the Best Universities of the World”
EMU Vice Rector for Administrative and Technical Affairs Prof. Dr. Özgür Eren stated that he is very happy to come together at this important and meaningful event. After providing information about the history of EMU, Prof. Dr. Eren stated that medicine is one of the most difficult fields in terms of education as well as application, highlighting university support for such organizations. With over 20 thousand students from 106 different countries EMU is a university that received 5 out of 5 stars in the fields of education and innovation by the international rating institution Qstar. It is also one of three universities from Cyprus to feature on the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings and the only university to feature from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). After relaying this information, Prof. Dr. Eren concluded by wishing participants a fruitful course.
After the opening speeches of the day long course, the presentation “Soft Tissue Sarcoma Pathology” was delivered by Asst. Prof. Dr. M. Hasan Toper, “Diagnostic Radiology Methods for Pediatric Sarcoma” by Prof. Dr. Berna Oğuz, “Nuclear Medicine Methods for Pediatric Sarcoma” by EMU Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Nahide Gökçora, “Surgical Principles of Skeletal System Sarcoma” by Prof. Dr. Harzem Özger and “Approaches to Pediatric Surgery for Sarcoma” by Prof. Dr. Saniye Ekici. Other presentations that took place after the lunch break include “Rhabdomyosarcoma Chemotherapy” delivered by Prof. Dr. Nilgün Kurucu, “Non-Rhabdoid Soft Tissue Sarcomas” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Neriman Sarı, “Osteosarcoma Chemotherapy” by Prof. Dr. İnci Ayan, “Ewing Sarcoma Chemotherapy” by Prof. Dr. Handan Uğur Dinçaslan, “Radiotherapy for Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma” by Prof. Dr. Emin Darendeliler and “Long Term Side Effects of Sarcoma Therapy” by Prof. Dr. Nurdan Taçyıldız.