skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: SU-F-E-14: Global Radiation Oncology Education and Training in Medical Physics Powered by Information and Communication Technologies

Abstract

Purpose: Recent publications have highlighted the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to catalyze collaborations in cancer care, research and education in global radiation oncology. This work reports on the use of ICTs for global Medical Physics education and training across three countries: USA, Tanzania and Kuwait Methods: An online education platform was established by Radiation Oncology Faculty from Harvard Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania with integrated Medical Physics Course modules accessible to trainees in Tanzania via partnership with the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, and the Ocean Road Cancer Institute. The course modules incorporated lectures covering Radiation Therapy Physics with videos, discussion board, assessments and grade center. Faculty at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Lowell also employed weekly Skype meetings to train/mentor three graduate students, living out-of-state and in Kuwait for up to 9 research credits per semester for over two semesters towards obtaining their graduate degrees Results: Students were able to successfully access the Medical Physics course modules and participate in learning activities, online discussion boards, and assessments. Other instructors could also access/co-teach the course modules from USA and Tanzania. Meanwhile all three graduate students with remote training via Skypemore » and email made major progress in their graduate training with each one of them submitting their research results as abstracts to be presented at the 2016 AAPM conference. One student has also published her work already and all three are developing these abstracts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Conclusion: Altogether, this work highlights concrete examples/model on how ICTs can be used for capacity building in Medical Physics across continents, for both education and research training needed for Masters/PhD degrees. The developed modules and model will be scaled to benefit many more trainees and other developing countries.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]; ;  [5];  [6];  [7]
  1. Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States)
  2. (United States)
  3. University Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA (United States)
  4. Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar Es Salaam, TA (Tanzania, United Republic of)
  5. Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania, United Republic of)
  6. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)
  7. University of Pennsylvania, Sicklerville, NJ (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22624438
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2016 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; 61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY; CONCRETES; EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES; LECTURES; MEDICAL PERSONNEL; MEETINGS; NEOPLASMS; RADIOTHERAPY; REVIEWS; TRAINING; UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA

Citation Formats

Ngwa, W, University Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, Sajo, E, Ngoma, T, Dachi, J, Julius Mwaiselage, J, Kenton, O, and Avery, S. SU-F-E-14: Global Radiation Oncology Education and Training in Medical Physics Powered by Information and Communication Technologies. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1118/1.4955700.
Ngwa, W, University Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, Sajo, E, Ngoma, T, Dachi, J, Julius Mwaiselage, J, Kenton, O, & Avery, S. SU-F-E-14: Global Radiation Oncology Education and Training in Medical Physics Powered by Information and Communication Technologies. United States. doi:10.1118/1.4955700.
Ngwa, W, University Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, Sajo, E, Ngoma, T, Dachi, J, Julius Mwaiselage, J, Kenton, O, and Avery, S. Wed . "SU-F-E-14: Global Radiation Oncology Education and Training in Medical Physics Powered by Information and Communication Technologies". United States. doi:10.1118/1.4955700.
@article{osti_22624438,
title = {SU-F-E-14: Global Radiation Oncology Education and Training in Medical Physics Powered by Information and Communication Technologies},
author = {Ngwa, W and University Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA and Sajo, E and Ngoma, T and Dachi, J and Julius Mwaiselage, J and Kenton, O and Avery, S},
abstractNote = {Purpose: Recent publications have highlighted the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to catalyze collaborations in cancer care, research and education in global radiation oncology. This work reports on the use of ICTs for global Medical Physics education and training across three countries: USA, Tanzania and Kuwait Methods: An online education platform was established by Radiation Oncology Faculty from Harvard Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania with integrated Medical Physics Course modules accessible to trainees in Tanzania via partnership with the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, and the Ocean Road Cancer Institute. The course modules incorporated lectures covering Radiation Therapy Physics with videos, discussion board, assessments and grade center. Faculty at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Lowell also employed weekly Skype meetings to train/mentor three graduate students, living out-of-state and in Kuwait for up to 9 research credits per semester for over two semesters towards obtaining their graduate degrees Results: Students were able to successfully access the Medical Physics course modules and participate in learning activities, online discussion boards, and assessments. Other instructors could also access/co-teach the course modules from USA and Tanzania. Meanwhile all three graduate students with remote training via Skype and email made major progress in their graduate training with each one of them submitting their research results as abstracts to be presented at the 2016 AAPM conference. One student has also published her work already and all three are developing these abstracts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Conclusion: Altogether, this work highlights concrete examples/model on how ICTs can be used for capacity building in Medical Physics across continents, for both education and research training needed for Masters/PhD degrees. The developed modules and model will be scaled to benefit many more trainees and other developing countries.},
doi = {10.1118/1.4955700},
journal = {Medical Physics},
number = 6,
volume = 43,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Jun 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Wed Jun 15 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}