We analyzed and conducted cross-sectional comparisons of the current status of the training of head and neck oncologists while focusing on training curricula and board certification systems in various fields. Although physicians concerned with treating head and neck cancers were in the minority in all fields, measures such as the establishment of a certification system and new courses in universities showed the potential for recruiting greater numbers of such physicians. However, training opportunities are potentially influenced by the status of affiliated medical colleges and institutions, and inter-institution training was conducted only on an individual basis. Although coordination among departments in clinical aspects within institutions already appears to be established, we inferred that close cooperation between departments of oral surgery and otorhinolaryngology, which treat head and neck cancers, is not yet a common practice. Mutual training between departments within institutions appeared not to go beyond limited circumstances. It is important for medical advisors to demon- strate mentorship and be flexible in providing abundant educational opportunities. In addition, training of supe- rior head and neck oncologists requires departmental cooperation beyond the boundaries of their fields, as well as recognition of the importance of mutual education.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes