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).
There are a wealth of opportunities, events and resources available to support and enhance your curriculum learning:
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
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.
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 - 2018.
For help with non-medical expert aspects of the curriculum, see Ethics and Interpersonal Skills.
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:
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:
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.
Trainees are supported by being entitled to become affiliated ESTRO members. Some of the benefits include:
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:
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.