A high-priority objective of the CNIO is to attain an effective translational research, so that advances in basic and clinical research can be incorporated into the clinical practice in the shortest possible term for the benefit of the patients. To this end, it is essential to train medical doctors and other health professionals in all subjects related to the molecular bases of cancer and in the use of techniques of molecular diagnostics.
The Molecular Pathology Programme offers a training programme for specialists developed in collaboration with Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo (Spanish Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs); this programme is aimed to specialised practitioners and at resident specialists in training from any biomedical specialty related to the cancer patient (MIR, BIR, FIR). This continuous training programme consists of three month stays within research groups at the Molecular Pathology Programme of the CNIO, in which the methodological aspects of molecular pathology applied to the diagnosis of cancer will be learned. For MIR, BIR and FIR, these stays are included in the Residency rotation programme.
The stay in the CNIO makes it possible to attend seminars, pathology training sessions and other activities that are continuously taking place, and to experience the atmosphere of a research centre.