Bassem Toema used the MSc in Experimental Therapeutics to extend his knowledge of drug development and research in the fast-moving field of cancer treatment.
'Prior to Joining the Master's in Experimental Therapeutics, I was a specialized physician in Medical Oncology. My work was mainly hospital based. I also participated in some clinical trials as a co-investigator. Examples include the PETACC-3 (Pan European Trials in Adjuvant Colon Cancer) study, TAX.EG.601 (Taxol in Adjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer) Study, Gemcitabine and Cisplatin as Neo-Adjuvant Therapy in Patients with Bilharzial-Related Bladder Cancer study, ATLAS (Adjuvant Tamoxifen-Longer Against Shorter) study and Taxol in Neo-Adjuvant Treatment of Advanced Ovarian and Bladder Cancers Study.'
'Cancer now is all about discovering new drugs and any qualified medical oncologist must master his or her clinical practice and blend it with extensive knowledge of science and research. I knew that I was a good clinician but I needed to understand more about drug development and clinical research and this Master's was the perfect postgraduate study that I needed to meet my objectives.'
'The most engaging modules of the course were the module on pharmacovigilance and the module on randomized controlled trials. The module I found most challenging was the module on pharmacokinetics.'
'My long term goals are to apply for a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and to be an active participant in the discovery of one of the new drugs used in the treatment of solid malignancies.'
'This MSc in Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Oxford is the excellent choice for any health care professional interested in knowing more about drug development, understanding the pharmacologic basis of drugs and how they are handled by the body, and learning about clinical research, investigational medicinal products' trials and protocol preparation. I am completely satisfied by this MSc. I felt and acknowledged that it was conducted and tutored by iconic professors in medical oncology, clinical pharmacology and evidence based medicine at an outstanding university delivering the highest quality of education to its students.'