Day 1 : Poster Presentations (Theme: Curricular Innovations)

Event Title

Need of radiotherapy training program at AKUH

Presenter Information

Shoaib Siddiqui, Aga Khan University

Location

Auditorium Pond Side

Start Date

26-1-2013 10:30 AM

Abstract

Background: Radiotherapy is the main task of Trans Disciplinary Team including Physicians, Physicists and Radiotherapy Technologists RTT. In 2006 when we start radiotherapy program at AKUHK, we hired foreign trained consultants and RTTs from Princes Margarate Hospital Canada to help us with establishing a state of the art radiotherapy department. Currently our standards and techniques are comparable to international levels and is acknowledged and appreciated by international volunteers working with us in the past. In order to maintain a high standard of treatment administration and patient care in radiotherapy, a highly qualified staff, including physicists, radiation oncologists and radiation therapy technologists is required. The objective of this trans-disciplinary training program is to not only provide a steady stream of qualified staff within AKUH Karachi and AKUH Nairobi but also to provide a framework for implementing similar training programs at AKU Hospitals in other countries.

Methods: A thorough training and teaching program has been developed based on existing Canadian standards and incorporated into the existing local infrastructure keeping in view resources constraints in the country. Based on the clinical capacity and human resources in the Radiation Oncology at AKU, it is proposed that the program enroll 5-6 students each year, started in October 2007. Since then 13students including 05 Kenyan from AKUH Nairobi, passed out our comprehensive certificate program. The Program is designed to be delivered in five consecutive terms over a span of 24 months. This takes into consideration didactic courses and clinical rotation, plus breaks between courses.

Results: With the passage of time and positive input from these certified students to the radiotherapy program at AKUH, it is evident that this program is very useful in terms of producing qualified staff. This will help out the community in providing trained and qualified man power and state of the art radiotherapy services

Conclusions: The outcome from training program is our own students who are familiar with AKUH setup and up to the ISO & JCIA quality standards. Our training program includes hands on training too which helps them to start working on first day of appointment.

Key words: Knowledge for all

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Need of radiotherapy training program at AKUH

Auditorium Pond Side

Background: Radiotherapy is the main task of Trans Disciplinary Team including Physicians, Physicists and Radiotherapy Technologists RTT. In 2006 when we start radiotherapy program at AKUHK, we hired foreign trained consultants and RTTs from Princes Margarate Hospital Canada to help us with establishing a state of the art radiotherapy department. Currently our standards and techniques are comparable to international levels and is acknowledged and appreciated by international volunteers working with us in the past. In order to maintain a high standard of treatment administration and patient care in radiotherapy, a highly qualified staff, including physicists, radiation oncologists and radiation therapy technologists is required. The objective of this trans-disciplinary training program is to not only provide a steady stream of qualified staff within AKUH Karachi and AKUH Nairobi but also to provide a framework for implementing similar training programs at AKU Hospitals in other countries.

Methods: A thorough training and teaching program has been developed based on existing Canadian standards and incorporated into the existing local infrastructure keeping in view resources constraints in the country. Based on the clinical capacity and human resources in the Radiation Oncology at AKU, it is proposed that the program enroll 5-6 students each year, started in October 2007. Since then 13students including 05 Kenyan from AKUH Nairobi, passed out our comprehensive certificate program. The Program is designed to be delivered in five consecutive terms over a span of 24 months. This takes into consideration didactic courses and clinical rotation, plus breaks between courses.

Results: With the passage of time and positive input from these certified students to the radiotherapy program at AKUH, it is evident that this program is very useful in terms of producing qualified staff. This will help out the community in providing trained and qualified man power and state of the art radiotherapy services

Conclusions: The outcome from training program is our own students who are familiar with AKUH setup and up to the ISO & JCIA quality standards. Our training program includes hands on training too which helps them to start working on first day of appointment.

Key words: Knowledge for all