[POSTPONED UNTIL 2021] Best Practice in Radiation Oncology – A Workshop to Train RTT Trainers. In collaboration with the IAEA Part I – Train the RTT (Radiation Therapist) Trainers

Vienna, Austria

Does your education programme lack sufficient content in radiotherapy to meet current clinical needs.  Would you like to support your clinical colleagues and supplement the education programme by setting up a series of short teaching courses for RTTs in your country? Then this is the course for you which will help you how to develop short courses on key topics for national RTT professionals

  • Ten groups of three participants from ten European countries. Participants should represent or collaborate with the academic and clinical staff and the radiotherapy representative of their national society
  • Participants must be familiar with the current national education programme for RTTs (Radiation TherapisTs).

Participants should commit to:

  • Initiate liaison with the national education provider and prepare appropriate documentation
  • Attend and evaluate the two face to face courses and maintain communication with the faculty in the interim period
  • Design, deliver, evaluate and provide feedback on a series of educational initiatives over a three year period.

Course Director

Mary Coffey, Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College, Dublin (IE)


  • Kamal Akbarov, Radiation Oncologist, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (AT)
  • Colleen Dickie, Radiation Therapist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto (CA)
  • Velimir Karadza, Radiation Therapist, Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb (HR)
  • Michelle Leech, Associate Professor, Division of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College, Dublin (IE)
  • Philipp Scherer, Radiation Therapist, Landeskliniken, Salzburg (AT)

Workshop Aim

  • To define the gaps in radiotherapy content and encourage a greater focus on radiotherapy in the existing national education programmes and increase the standard of education for RTTs
  • To equip RTTs with the skills necessary to design, organise, deliver and evaluate educational initiatives in their own language to RTTs in their own country
  • To raise the profile of ESTRO and to increase RTT membership and participation
  • To encourage RTTs to set up a regional or national network (eg. working parties, regional or national groups/society).

Selection Procedure

  • Applications are accepted per country
  • Three names together with a short description of the topics of the first planned course and the target audience (ten lines maximum) should be provided
  • Where IAEA support is applicable, the IAEA will make the country selection.


  • Applications to be received by 28 February 2020
  • Selection to be done by 16 March 2020
  • Notification and detailed information of the preparatory work to be sent by 31 May 2020.

Educational Programme

Train the RTT Trainers (5 days – 19 to 23 October 2020)

During this first week there will be introductory lectures on how to design, organise, deliver and evaluate a course, supported by practical sessions. At the end of the preparatory course, it is expected that participants will have prepared:

  • An outline programme, an evaluation procedure, a checklist and timetable of tasks for the first course and identified potential lecturers
  • Commenced the preparation of the topic that they will teach, have gained skills in lecture presentation and started to prepare their first lecture, developed a support network and identified a liaison person in their national education institute
  • Established how to communicate regularly with the faculty, highlighting any difficulties that might be encountered.

First local course (3 days – between January and September 2021)

To deliver and evaluate the first local course. One or two of the international faculty will attend and

give limited contribution if appropriate.

The consolidation course (3 days – October 2021)

To evaluate the first course delivered, plan for the next two courses and indicate how the education

element will be sustained.

Interim support for participants.

Interim support to the participants will be provided through e-learning via an online system.

Second and third course will be delivered between January and December 2021.


Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Be familiar with the education programme and involved personnel in their country
  • Read the ESTRO Core Curriculum (CC) and benchmarking for RTTs and critique the content with respect to their own education programme
  • Based on the evaluation of the CC, the benchmarking document and the national/local education programme define possible topics for ROADMAP their short courses.

Teaching Methods

  • 8 hours of lectures
  • 16 hours of assisted preparation
  • 5 hours of feedback sessions
  • 4 hours of discussion.

Methods of Assessment

Evaluation form.




Coming soon

Key Words

Education, learning outcomes, curriculum development.


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 recognised 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.


Hotel ibis Wien Mariahilf

Mariahilfer Gürtel 22-24

1060 Wien, Austria


ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. Please note that in order to benefit from the member price, you must renew your membership for 2020 before registering to the course.To benefit from these member rates, please visit the membership page to become a member or renew your membership BEFORE proceeding with your order.



Early rate

Late rate

In-training members*   500 EUR  675 EUR
Members   650 EUR   775 EUR
Non Members   800 EUR  900 EUR

* Members with specialty RadiationTherapist (RTT) may register at the In Training fee

Early rates are applied up to three months before the starting date of the course. 
Late rates are applied three months before the starting date of the course.

The fee includes the course material, coffees, lunches, and the social event.

This course is by applIcation only (See course overview)

On-site registration will not be available.

Access to homework and/or course material will become available upon receipt of full payment.

Insurance and cancellation

The organiser does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   

In case an unforeseen event would force ESTRO to cancel the meeting, the Society will reimburse the participants fully the registration fees. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

In case of cancellation, full refund of the registration fee minus 15% for administrative costs may be obtained up to three months before the course and 50% of the fee up to one month before the course. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is postmarked less than one month before the start of the course.