Best Practice in Radiation Oncology - A Workshop to Train RTT Trainers

Vienna, Austria

[ Education ]
[ Learning outcomes ]

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 radiation therapists (RTTs)

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 Professor, Division of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin (IE)


  • Colleen Dickie, Radiation Therapist, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto (CA) 

  • Kamal Akbarov, Radiation Oncologist, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (AT) 

  • Velimir Karadza, Radiation Therapist, Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb (HR) 

  • Michelle Leech, Associate Professor, Division of Radiation Therapy, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin (IE) 

  • Philipp Scherer, Radiation Therapist, Landeskliniken, Salzburg (AT)

  • 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 and 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 29 February 2018 

  • Selection to be done by 18 March 2018 

  • Notification and detailed information of the preparatory work to be sent by 31 May 2018.

Educational programme

Train the RTT Trainers 
(5 days – 22 to 26 October 2018) 

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: 

  • An outline programme, potential lecturers, evaluation procedure, checklist and timetable of tasks for the first course 

  • 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 

  • Communicated regularly with the faculty highlighting any difficulties encountered

First local course 
(3 days – between January and September 2019) 

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

The consolidation course 
(3 days – October 2019) 

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 2020

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 2020

Teaching methods

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

Methods of assessment

  • Evaluation form.

Key words

  • Education 
  • Learning outcomes 
  • Curriculum development

Further reading / web resources

To be provided if available


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.


To follow


To be provided when available


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 2019 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* 450 EUR 625 EUR
Members 600 EUR 725 EUR
Non Members 750 EUR 850 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.

On-line registration is not possible for this course. Please contact Viviane Van Egten.

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