Marrakesh, Morocco

Physics for Modern Radiotherapy (a Joint Course for Clinicians and Physicists) International

The course is primarily aimed at: 

  • Trainees in radiation oncology or radiation physics 
  • Radiation oncologists and medical physicists early in their career

The course is also suitable for

  • Clinicians and physicists that are eager to update their knowledge on physics and technical aspects of radiotherapy.
  • Dosimetrists and radiation technologists having a strong interest in the application of physics and technology in radiotherapy.
  • PhD students in radiation therapy or physics.

As the focus is on clinical application, the teachers’ team consists of both radiation oncologists (50%) and medical physicists (50%). 

Course Director 

  • Eduard Gershkevitsh, Chief medical physicist at North Estonia Medical Centre, Tallinn, (EE)


  • Marion Essers, Medical Physicist, Instituut Verbeeten, Tilburg (NL)
  • Shaista Hafeez, Clinical Oncologist, Royal Marsden NHS Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research, Marsden (UK) 
  • Kenneth Poels, Medical Physicist, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven (BE) 
  • Michael Gubanski, Radiation Oncologist, Karolinska University Hospital – Sodersjukhuset, Stockholm (SE)
  • Milan Tomsej, Medical Physicist, CHU Charleroi, Hôpital André Vésale, Montigny-le-Tilleul (BE)
  • Stephanie Peeters, Radiation Oncologist, Maastro Clinic, Maastricht (NL)
  • Louise Murray, Yorkshire Cancer Research University Clinical Academic Fellow and Honorary Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Leeds Cancer Centre and University of Leeds (UK)

Local Organiser 

  • Lakbir EL Hamidi
  • Yassine Herrassi


The lectures aim to: 

  • Provide knowledge and understanding of physics relevant to modern clinical radiotherapy 
  • Provide comprehensive overviews of imaging and volume concepts in radiotherapy 
  • Discuss modern dose delivery techniques, such as IMRT, rotational therapy (VMAT, helical tomotherapy), S(B)RT, IGRT, adaptive therapy (ART), particle therapy and brachytherapy 
  • Discuss safety issues in lectures on commissioning and QA/QC, radiation protection, in vivo dosimetry and induction of secondary tumours.

Complimentary to the lectures, this course has clinical case discussions as an important component. The case discussions aim at teaching physics by practical application in treatment planning.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Discuss and select modern treatment techniques based on their pros and cons
  • Select physics and technical measures that enhance effective and safe application of radiation therapy.

Course Content

1. Lectures on:

  • IMRT/VMAT - physics aspects, clinical application and impact
  • Stereotactic radiotherapy (cranial and extra-cranial)
  • Rotational therapy (VMAT, helical tomotherapy)  
  • Particle therapy (electrons, protons, ions)
  • Volumes in external beam radiotherapy
  • Imaging for GTV definition
  • Imaging for treatment preparation and planning
  • PTV margin calculation
  • IGRT (equipment for in-room imaging, set-up correction strategies, clinical examples)
  • Adaptive radiotherapy
  • Dose prescription and plan evaluation
  • Field junctions (how, when, and alternatives)
  • Commissioning and Quality Assurance/Control of equipment and software
  • Brachytherapy
  • Radiobiology in the clinic
  • Implementing patient-specific dosimetric QA
  • Radiation Protection and risk analysis
  • Induction of secondary tumours 
  • AI based autocontouring - validation and clinical implementation

Specific for clinicians:

  • Basic radiation physics
  • Dose calculation: principles and application in the TPS  
  • Radiotherapy equipment
  • Physics of advanced radiotherapy.

Specific for physicists:

  • Reference and non-reference dosimetry
  • Modern dose calculation algorithms
  • QA for advanced delivery techniques
  • Oncologic concepts.

2. Clinical case discussions:

The participants are invited to prepare treatment plans for selected clinical cases (homework), based on case descriptions and CT scans as provided prior to the course. During the course, the plans are discussed in small groups regarding selected treatment techniques, planning solutions, constraints and objectives, choice of margins, protocols for image guidance, QA, etc. and are guided by a clinician and physicist teacher.


The participants are invited to prepare the homework for the clinical case discussions (above).

Teaching Methods

  • 21 plenary lectures
  • 5 lectures targeted at clinicians
  • 5 lectures targeted at physicists
  • 4 clinical case discussion sessions in small groups.

Methods of Assessment

  • Entry and exit exam
  • Evaluation form.

Affiliations TBC



Key Words

  • Physics and technology in radiotherapy 
  • Modern treatment techniques


Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognized by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.

Application for CDP credits has been submitted to the European Board for Accreditation in Medical Physics (EBAMP). Information on the status of the application can be obtained from the ESTRO office

To follow

Registration procedure will follow.