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Toward a national consensus: teaching radiobiology to radiation oncology residents.

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Zeman, EM; Dynlacht, JR; Rosenstein, BS; Dewhirst, MW; ASTRO Joint Working Group on Radiobiology Teaching,
Published in: Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys
November 1, 2002

PURPOSE: The ASTRO Joint Working Group on Radiobiology Teaching, a committee composed of members having affiliations with several national radiation oncology and biology-related societies and organizations, commissioned a survey designed to address issues of manpower, curriculum standardization, and instructor feedback as they relate to resident training in radiation biology. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Radiation biology instructors at U.S. radiation oncology training programs were identified and asked to respond to a comprehensive electronic questionnaire dealing with instructor educational background, radiation biology course content, and sources of feedback with respect to curriculum planning and resident performance on standardized radiation biology examinations. RESULTS: Eighty-five radiation biology instructors were identified, representing 73 radiation oncology residency training programs. A total of 52 analyzable responses to the questionnaire were received, corresponding to a response rate of 61.2%. CONCLUSION: There is a decreasing supply of instructors qualified to teach classic, and to some extent, clinical, radiobiology to radiation oncology residents. Additionally, those instructors with classic training in radiobiology are less likely to be comfortable teaching cancer molecular biology or other topics in cancer biology. Thus, a gap exists in teaching the whole complement of cancer and radiobiology curricula, particularly in those programs in which the sole responsibility for teaching falls to one faculty member (50% of training programs are in this category). On average, the percentage of total teaching time devoted to classic radiobiology (50%), clinical radiobiology (30%), and molecular and cancer biology (20%) is appropriate, relative to the current makeup of the board examination. Nevertheless large variability exists between training programs with respect to the total number of contact hours per complete radiobiology course (ranging from approximately 10 to >50 h). A number of lecture topics, particularly in clinical radiobiology, are covered by fewer than 60% of training programs. A sizeable minority of radiation biology instructors are dissatisfied with the feedback they receive with respect to both course content and the performance of their residents on standardized radiobiology examinations administered by the American College of Radiology and/or the American Board of Radiology.

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Published In

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys

DOI

ISSN

0360-3016

Publication Date

November 1, 2002

Volume

54

Issue

3

Start / End Page

861 / 872

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Workforce
  • United States
  • Teaching
  • Radiobiology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Internship and Residency
  • Humans
  • Feedback
 

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Zeman, E. M., Dynlacht, J. R., Rosenstein, B. S., Dewhirst, M. W., & ASTRO Joint Working Group on Radiobiology Teaching, . (2002). Toward a national consensus: teaching radiobiology to radiation oncology residents. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, 54(3), 861–872. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0360-3016(02)02968-1
Zeman, Elaine M., Joseph R. Dynlacht, Barry S. Rosenstein, Mark W. Dewhirst, and Mark W. ASTRO Joint Working Group on Radiobiology Teaching. “Toward a national consensus: teaching radiobiology to radiation oncology residents.Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 54, no. 3 (November 1, 2002): 861–72. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0360-3016(02)02968-1.
Zeman EM, Dynlacht JR, Rosenstein BS, Dewhirst MW, ASTRO Joint Working Group on Radiobiology Teaching. Toward a national consensus: teaching radiobiology to radiation oncology residents. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2002 Nov 1;54(3):861–72.
Zeman, Elaine M., et al. “Toward a national consensus: teaching radiobiology to radiation oncology residents.Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys, vol. 54, no. 3, Nov. 2002, pp. 861–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/s0360-3016(02)02968-1.
Zeman EM, Dynlacht JR, Rosenstein BS, Dewhirst MW, ASTRO Joint Working Group on Radiobiology Teaching. Toward a national consensus: teaching radiobiology to radiation oncology residents. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2002 Nov 1;54(3):861–872.
Journal cover image

Published In

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys

DOI

ISSN

0360-3016

Publication Date

November 1, 2002

Volume

54

Issue

3

Start / End Page

861 / 872

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Workforce
  • United States
  • Teaching
  • Radiobiology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Oncology & Carcinogenesis
  • Internship and Residency
  • Humans
  • Feedback