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TU_43_2915 - Introductory Radiation Oncology Curriculum (IROC) for Radiation Oncology Residents: Multi-Institutional Pilot Implementation and Evaluation
Tuesday, October 23
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Innovation Hub, Exhibit Hall 3
Introductory Radiation Oncology Curriculum (IROC) for Radiation Oncology Residents: Multi-Institutional Pilot Implementation and Evaluation
R. B. Jimenez1, R. Yechieli2, J. R. Gunther3, D. W. Golden4, and E. C. Fields5; 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2Radiation Oncology Department, University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, FL, 3The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Division of Radiation Oncology, Houston, TX, 4Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 5VCU Massey Cancer Center, Richmond, VA
Purpose/Objective(s): Many radiation oncology residency programs lack a structured curriculum to help with the transition from internship to residency. A recent needs assessment survey confirmed that only 50% of residents had an introductory curriculum, but that such a program would be valuable.
Materials/Methods: Based on the survey results, the pilot Introductory Radiation Oncology Curriculum (IROC) was developed and piloted for all incoming PGY-2 residents at 4 radiation oncology residency programs in 2017. The curriculum consisted of 7 sessions including an overview of radiation oncology, and individual hands-on sessions on simulation, contouring, treatment planning, and radiation emergencies given in 30-120 minute sessions over 2 weeks. Following the orientation period, IROC residents completed anonymous curriculum evaluations. PGY-2 residents at non-IROC programs were asked to complete comparable surveys. Free text and Likert-type score responses (1=“not at all” to 5=“extremely”) were utilized. Likert-type scores are reported as median [interquartile range].
Results: Fifteen PGY-2 residents who completed IROC and 15 PGY-2 residents who did not participate in IROC completed the post-assessment evaluation. Prior to IROC residents reported being “not at all” prepared for clinic (1[1-2]) and after completion residents reported being “moderately” prepared for clinic (3[2-3]; p<0.01). IROC participants reported that the curriculum left them “moderately” prepared to function independently in clinic (3[2.5-3]). Only 5/15 (33%) non-IROC residents reported participating in an introductory curriculum. Of those who did not receive an introductory curriculum, 8/10 (80%) reported that they would have wanted one.
Conclusion: A standardized introductory curriculum for PGY-2 residents was successfully piloted at four radiation oncology residency programs. After completing the curriculum, residents reported being better prepared to work independently in clinic. In contrast, only a minority of a comparison group of residents received any formal introduction though a majority desired one. IROC will be revised based on feedback from the pilot implementation and expanded to additional residency training programs in 2018.
Author Disclosure: R.B. Jimenez: None. R. Yechieli: None. D.W. Golden: Partnership; RadOnc Questions, LLC, HemOnc Review, LLC.