Curriculum

The Radiation Oncology Training Program Curriculum is a guide to everything that is covered in the current radiation oncology training program. The curriculum outlines the structure of the training program, the knowledge and skills that you are expected to develop and the nature of the various assessments that occur throughout training.

As a radiation oncology trainee, you should be familiar with this document. You will especially need to consult the Medical Expert Supplements (MES), in conjunction with the Radiation Oncology Central Knowledge and Skills Summary (ROCKSS).

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Learning Opportunities, Events and Resources

There are a wealth of opportunities, events and resources available to support and enhance your curriculum learning:

RANZCR Learning Management System

The College’s Learning Management System (LMS) is an online platform to College members that provides College members with educational resources such as online tutorials, e-learning courses, and journals. Some of the modules available include communication, performance feedback, the role of a manager and managing others. View a full list of courses available within the LMS

RANZCR Trainee Learning Day

The Trainee Learning Day forms part of the College’s Annual Scientific Meeting (usually Friday). The program for the day is determined by the Radiation Oncology Trainees Committees and usually includes teaching sessions, trainee presentations (Branch of Origins, Varian session), a discussion forum and dedicated topical sessions.

RANZCR Webcast Library

The College has made available presenting sessions from some of its scientific meetings and local Branch events through a webcast library. The library contains a suite of sessions from 2010 - 2017.

Non-medical Expert Resources

For help with non-medical expert aspects of the curriculum, see Ethics and Interpersonal Skills.

Courses and Workshops

The Phase 1 Foundation and Exam Preparation Course is designed to support radiation oncology trainees in Phase 1 of training and those who are preparing to sit the Phase 1 exams. The course is presented in two streams the foundation stream for year 1 learners and the exam preparation stream for those preparing for the exam. The aim of the course is to:

  • Provide didactic lectures in the main topic areas to supplement trainee knowledge in the four basic foundation sciences
  • Provide specific guidance on exam preparation and technique including a mock exam.

The course is an annual event held a few months prior to the Phase 1 examinations. The course is open to all radiation oncology trainees enrolled in the College’s radiation oncology training program.

The Phase 2 exam preparation course is designed to support radiation oncology trainees as they prepare for the Phase 2 exams. The course aims to provide trainees an opportunity to:

  • Better understand the exam development process and how exams are marked
  • Participate in a simulated viva examination and receive feedback afterwards
  • Practise a written question from an examination, workshopping the answers with facilitators
  • Develop strategies to cope with exam pressures.

The course is an annual event which is open to all radiation oncology trainees who are enrolled in the College’s radiation oncology training program and have passed the Phase 1 examination.

The statistics and research methods (SMART) workshop is designed to provide opportunities for learners to enhance their knowledge and skills in statistics, critical appraisal of medical literature and research methodology. The workshop is made up of short didactic presentations by biostatisticians followed by interactive group sessions supported by facilitators. Learners are exposed to scientific research and trials which aim to foster an ethos of future research participation.

While primarily radiation oncology focused the event is available and appropriate for all learners in the radiation oncology and clinical radiology training programs. It is held prior to the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) annual scientific meeting so that learners have an opportunity to put their new knowledge into action in subsequent clinical trials, learn about current research activities and build a collaborative research network.

Radiation oncology trainees who attend the SMART workshop for the first time are entitled to 10 SMART Points and returning trainees are able to claim 5 SMART Points towards their training requirements. See SMART section in the Curriculum for further information. For those that attend the TROG ASM, 2 additional points may be claimed.

Registration is now open for the RANZCR SMART Workshop 2018 - 19 March 2018, Hobart, Tasmania: http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/trog-2018-asm/registration/#9856 or visit our What's On - Events page.

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Due to the generous support from IPSEN, trainees are entitled to become affiliated ESTRO members. Some of the benefits include:

  • Subscription to the Green Journal (European Journal of Radiotherapy & Oncology)
  • Subscription to ESTRO Newsletters
  • Discounts on ESTRO publications and Handbooks
  • Access to ESTRO guidelines and conference abstract books
  • Online access to ESTRO Handbooks
  • Discounts to any other ESTRO Course or Conference

The European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) School presents FALCON workshops throughout the year and on some occasions in an Australian time setting. FALCON (Fellowship in Anatomic Delineation and Contouring) is the multifunctional ESTRO platform for contouring and delineation. A FALCON workshop offers the opportunity for learners to:

  • validate their contouring practice during live workshops by comparing them with those from experts and other participants
  • learn the indications proposed by the experts that coordinate the workshops
  • discuss with other participants, experts and panelists
  • communicate and use the delineation guidelines in order to further integrate themselves into daily practice.

The ESTRO Basic Clinical Radiobiology Course is a jointly hosted course between the College and the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) School. This course represents a unique and valuable opportunity for radiation oncology professionals to learn from an international faculty of expert radiobiologists and clinicians, and addresses an unmet need in radiobiology education in Australia. This is a great course to understand more about technology, biology and molecular oncology in radiation oncology.

For more information about any of these courses, including upcoming dates, see our Events page.