Group Fellowship Training on Introduction to Physics and Administrative Aspects of Radiation Oncology for Administrative Staff
16-20 September 2013
The purpose of the group fellowship is to provide administrative personnel with a basic understanding of the physics and administrative aspects of radiation oncology. Lectures will introduce a variety of subjects in external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy, such as basic radiation physics, radiation biology, treatment planning, dose delivery, site planning and radiotherapy equipment needs, quality assurance, and radiation safety. The attendee will receive lectures on related administrative issues such as personnel needs, professional and educational aspects of medical physics, radiation therapist activities, research funding, budgeting and billing. A tour of a Radiation Treatment Centre will be held.
Participants' qualifications and experience
Candidates should either be
- Administrators of radiotherapy centres who are working fulltime in radiation therapy clinical services within the hospital environment. Preference will be given to participants from centres with plans to modernize, expand or establish a new installation in the near future.
- Government officials with responsibilities of planning new radiotherapy facilities or modernization of existing ones. Preference will be given to those already involved in a specific project.
- Participants should have an academic degree. Preference will be given to those holding a Masterís Degree or equivalent.
As the training will be conducted in English, participants should have sufficient proficiency to follow lectures and express themselves in this language without difficulty.
After attending the event, the participant will have a basic knowledge of radiation physics, dosimetry, biology, safety, equipment needs, financial and administrative considerations, personnel needs, and terminology needed to communicate effectively within a department of radiation oncology. The course will also provide the participant with an understanding of the role of medical physics in the clinic as a part of multi-disciplinary care in radiation oncology. A glossary of common radiation oncology terms will be provided to each participant..
Cancer is a leading cause of death globally. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 7.6 million people died of cancer in 2005, and that 70% of the global cancer death toll is carried by low and middle income countries. Global incidence is expected to rise from 11 million new cases in 2005 to 16 million in 2020. Radiotherapy is an important component of treatment for over 50% of cancer patients in high income countries, and the need for radiotherapy is even greater in low and middle income countries, where patients present with cancer in advanced stages. Radiotherapy equipment alone, however, cannot answer the increasing need for treating growing numbers of cancer patients. To achieve maximum impact, the transfer of radiotherapy technology must be a part of a broader cancer control strategy that includes prevention, early detection, earlier diagnosis of the common cancers and access to treatment and palliation.