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Xiao Y , Bernstein Kde A , Chetty IJ , Eifel P , Hughes L , Klein EE , McDermott P , Prisciandaro J , Paliwal B , Price RA Jr , Werner-Wasik M , Palta JR , Ad Hoc Committee on Teaching Physics to Residents , Invitees
The American Society for Radiation Oncology's 2010 core physics curriculum for radiation oncology residents
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Nov 15;81(4) :1190-2
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Abstract
PURPOSE: In 2004, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) published its first physics education curriculum for residents, which was updated in 2007. A committee composed of physicists and physicians from various residency program teaching institutions was reconvened again to update the curriculum in 2009. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Members of this committee have associations with ASTRO, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology, the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and the American College of Radiology. Members reviewed and updated assigned subjects from the last curriculum. The updated curriculum was carefully reviewed by a representative from the ABR and other physics and clinical experts. RESULTS: The new curriculum resulted in a recommended 56-h course, excluding initial orientation. Learning objectives are provided for each subject area, and a detailed outline of material to be covered is given for each lecture hour. Some recent changes in the curriculum include the addition of Radiation Incidents and Bioterrorism Response Training as a subject and updates that reflect new treatment techniques and modalities in a number of core subjects. The new curriculum was approved by the ASTRO board in April 2010. We anticipate that physicists will use this curriculum for structuring their teaching programs, and subsequently the ABR will adopt this educational program for its written examination. Currently, the American College of Radiology uses the ASTRO curriculum for their training examination topics. In addition to the curriculum, the committee updated suggested references and the glossary. CONCLUSIONS: The ASTRO physics education curriculum for radiation oncology residents has been updated. To ensure continued commitment to a current and relevant curriculum, the subject matter will be updated again in 2 years.
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Xiao, Ying Bernstein, Karen De Amorim Chetty, Indrin J Eifel, Patricia Hughes, Lesley Klein, Eric E McDermott, Patrick Prisciandaro, Joann Paliwal, Bhudatt Price, Robert A Jr Werner-Wasik, Maria Palta, Jatinder R eng Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2011 Nov 15;81(4):1190-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2010.08.061. Epub 2010 Oct 29.