Towards an updated ESTRO-EFOMP core curriculum for education and training of medical physics experts in radiotherapy - A survey of current education and training practice in Europe.

Garibaldi, Cristina; Essers, Marion; Heijmen, Ben; Bertholet, Jenny; Koutsouveli, Efi; Maas, Ad J J; Moore, Margaret; Petrovic, Borislava; Koniarova, Irena; Lisbona, Albert; Piotrowski, Tomasz; Moeckli, Raphaël; López Medina, Antonio; Stylianou Markidou, Erato; Clark, Catharine H; Jornet, Nuria (2021). Towards an updated ESTRO-EFOMP core curriculum for education and training of medical physics experts in radiotherapy - A survey of current education and training practice in Europe. Physica medica, 84, pp. 65-71. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ejmp.2021.03.030

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PURPOSE

ESTRO-EFOMP intend to update the core curriculum (CC) for education and training of medical physicists in radiotherapy in line with the European Commission (EC) guidelines on Medical Physics Experts (MPE), the CanMEDS methodology and recent developments in radiotherapy. As input, a survey of the current structure of radiotherapy MPE national training schemes (NTS) in Europe was carried out.

METHODS

A 35-question survey was sent to all European medical physics national societies (NS) with a focus on existence of an NTS, its format and duration, required entry-level education, and financial support for trainees.

RESULTS

Twenty-six of 36 NS responded. Twenty had an NTS. Minimum required pre-training education varied from BSc in physics or related sciences (5/2) to MSc in medical physics, physics or related sciences (6/5/2) with 50-210 ECTS in fundamental physics and mathematics. The training period varied from 1 to 5 years (median 3 years with 50% dedicated to radiotherapy). The ratio of time spent on university lectures versus hospital training was most commonly 25%/75%. In 14 of 20 countries with an NTS, a research project was mandatory. Residents were paid in 17 of 20 countries. The recognition was mostly obtained by examination. Medical physics is recognised as a healthcare profession in 19 of 26 countries.

CONCLUSIONS

The NTS entrance level, duration and curriculum showed significant variations. This survey serves to inform the design of the updated CC to define a realistic minimum training level for safe and effective practice aiming at further harmonization in line with EC guidelines.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Radiation Oncology

UniBE Contributor:

Bertholet, Jenny

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1724-191X

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beatrice Scheidegger

Date Deposited:

16 Jun 2021 14:26

Last Modified:

16 Jun 2021 14:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ejmp.2021.03.030

PubMed ID:

33862451

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Core curriculum Education Medical physics expert Radiotherapy Training

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/156499

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/156499

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