Brussels, Belgium

Best Practice in Radiation Oncology – A Workshop to Train RTT Trainers. In collaboration with the IAEA Part I – Train the RTT* (Radiation Therapist) Trainers

*RTT refers to the health professional who is part of the team involved in the preparation and delivery of treatment to patients receiving radiotherapy.

Does your education programme lack sufficient specialist content in radiotherapy to meet current clinical needs.  Would you like to support your clinical colleagues and supplement the education programme by setting up a series of short teaching courses for RTTs in your country? Then this is the course for you.  It will help you to define and develop short courses on key topics for RTT professionals in your country or your region.

  • Groups of three participants are suggested. The participants should represent or collaborate with the academic and clinical radiotherapy staff and the radiotherapy representative of their national society
  • Participants must find out the details of the current national education programme that provides education for RTTs (Radiation TherapisTs).

Participants should commit to:

  • Initiate liaison with the national education
  • Attend and evaluate the two face to face courses and maintain communication with the faculty in the interim period
  • Design, deliver, evaluate and provide feedback on a series of educational initiatives over a three-year period.

Course Director

Mary Coffey, Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College, Dublin (IE)

Teachers

  • Colleen Dickie, Radiation Therapist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto (CA)
  • Velimir Karadza, Radiation Therapist, Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb (HR)
  • Michelle Leech, Associate Professor, Head of the Discipline of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College, Dublin (IE)
  • Philipp Scherer, Radiation Therapist, Landeskliniken, Salzburg (AT)
  • Kamal Akbarov, Radiation Oncologist, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (AT)
  • To define the gaps in radiotherapy content and encourage a greater focus on radiotherapy in the existing national education programmes and increase the standard of education for RTTs
  • To equip RTTs with the skills necessary to design, organise, deliver and evaluate educational initiatives in their own language to RTTs in their own country
  • To encourage RTTs to set up a regional or national network (eg. working parties, regional or national groups/society).
  • To raise the benefits of ESTRO membership to RTTs in your country  and to increase RTT membership and participation

Selection Procedure

  • Applications are accepted per country
  • Three names together with a short description of the possible topics of the short courses you would consider suitable together with the potential target audience (ten lines maximum) should be provided
  • Where IAEA support is applicable, the IAEA will make the country selection.

Timelines

  • Applications to be received by 28 February 2021
  • Selection to be done by 16 March 2021
  • Notification and detailed information of the preparatory work to be sent by 31 May 2021

Educational Programme

Train the RTT Trainers (5 days – 11 to 15 October 2021)

During this first week there will be introductory lectures on how to design, organise, deliver and evaluate a course, supported by practical sessions. At the end of the preparatory course, it is expected that participants will have made progress:

  • An outline programme, an evaluation procedure, a checklist and timetable of tasks for the first course and identified potential lecturers
  • Commenced the preparation of the topic that they will teach, have gained some skills in powerpoint presentation and started to prepare the outline of a proposed first lecture, developed a support network and identified a liaison person in their national education institute
  • Established how to communicate regularly with the faculty, highlighting any difficulties that might be encountered.

First local course (3 days – between January and September 2022)

To deliver and evaluate the first local course. One or two of the international faculty will attend and give limited contribution if appropriate.

The consolidation course (3 days – October 2022)

To evaluate the first course delivered, plan for the next two courses and indicate how the education element will be sustained.

Interim support for participants.

Interim support to the participants will be provided through e-learning via an online system.

Second and third course will be delivered between January and December 2022.

Prerequisites

Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Be familiar with the education programme and involved personnel in their country
  • Read the ESTRO Core Curriculum (CC) and benchmarking for RTTs and critique the content with respect to their own education programme
  • Based on the evaluation of the CC, the benchmarking document and the national/local education programme define possible topics for ROADMAP their short courses.

Teaching Methods

  • 8 hours of lectures
  • 16 hours of assisted preparation
  • 5 hours of feedback sessions
  • 4 hours of discussion.

Methods of Assessment

Evaluation form.

Affiliations

Programme

The scientific programme is available here

 

Venue

Hotel Novotel Brussels City Center

Rue de la Vierge Noire 32

1000, Brussels

Belgium

 

 

 

Early deadline: 08 July 2021