Clinical training

In 2019, I enrolled in the ACPSEM ROMP TEAP clinical training program, as a pathway to clinical registration. This page aggregates resources available on this website and elsewhere, and summarises evidence of my own competencies in radiation oncology medical physics. These are listed under the headings below, adapted from the clinical training guides of ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and IAEA-TCS-37, and the CAMPEP residency curriculum:

  1. Clinical knowledge
  2. Radiation safety and protection
  3. Radiation dosimetry
  4. External beam therapy
  5. External beam planning
  6. Brachytherapy
  7. Diagnostic imaging
  8. Professional awareness and management
  9. Teaching and training
  10. Research and development

Clinical knowledge

Clinical knowledge, or “clinical introduction”, forms the basis of module 1 of ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and IAEA-TCS-37. Training should include cancer and oncology, radiobiology, anatomy and physiology, and the clinical environment. Relevant material posted on this website includes:

Relevant personal experience of my own includes:

  • Presenting at a TROG clinical research workshop on radiotherapy in the millennium and beyond.

Radiation safety and protection

Radiation safety and protection forms the basis of module 2 of ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and IAEA-TCS-37. Training should cover radiation protection management, shielding and protection measures for radiation emitting devices and radioactive materials, dose limits, and management of radiation incidents and accidents.

Relevant personal experience of my own includes:

  • Track record of publications on radiation surveys and shielding, measurement of stray radiation leakage, and estimation of out-of-field dose in radiotherapy patients.

Radiation dosimetry

Radiation dosimetry (specifically for external beam therapy) forms the basis of module 3 of ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and IAEA-TCS-37. Training should cover dosimeters and ancillary equipment, absolute, reference and relative dosimetry and protocols and in-vivo dosimetry.

Relevant personal experience of my own includes:

External beam therapy

External beam therapy forms the basis of module 4 of ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and IAEA-TCS-37. Training should cover linear accelerators and components, patient specific treatment equipment, image-guided radiotherapy, CT simulation, kilovoltage therapy and oncology information systems.

Relevant personal experience of my own includes:

External beam planning

External beam therapy forms the basis of module 5 of ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and IAEA-TCS-37. Training should cover planning systems, use of imaging, treatment planning, specialist techniques and the assessment of treatment plans.

Relevant personal experience of my own includes:

  • Completion of PhD comparing collapsed-cone convolution dose calculations and Monte Carlo simulation results.
  • Track record of publications and supervision of student projects on the use of Monte Carlo algorithms for dose calculation, the evaluation of dosimetric quality and plan complexity, specialist techniques including TSET and stereotactic radiotherapy, and patient specific quality assurance practices.

Brachytherapy

Research and development forms the basis of components of module 6 in ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and IAEA-TCS-37. Training should include understanding of source calibration, HDR afterloader systems, LDR systems, treatment planning and imaging.

Diagnostic imaging

Research and development forms the basis of components of module 8 in ACPSEM ROMP TEAP. Training should include understanding of radiographic and fluoroscopic imaging, CT, MRI, PET, SPECT and ultrasound.

Professional awareness and management

Research and development forms the basis of components of module 7 in ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and module 8 in IAEA-TCS-37. Training should include an understanding of scope of practice of radiation oncology physicists, awareness and involvement in a professional organisation, career planning, a familiarity with ethics, intellectual property and regulations, development of communication skills, management of projects and teams, and procurement. Relevant material posted on this website includes:

Relevant personal experience of my own includes:

  • Managed a grant-funded research program, purchased equipment and commissioned new technology, in a clinical setting.
  • Membership and active participation in professional societies, including the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine, the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group and the European Society for Radiation Oncology, as evidenced here.
  • Chairing and contributing to various committees, working groups and panels, in clinical departments (e.g. radiation oncology research core group), at universities (e.g. course review) and as part of professional societies.
  • Maintained an up-to-date CV (this website, research grants management systems, etc.) and provided career advice to students.
  • Completion of various training courses, including Board Governance Training provided by the Associations Forum, and sessions on ethical and legal responsibilities by Metro North Hospital and Health Services.
  • Familiarity with workforce issues, including publishing on gender demographics of the Australasian medical physics workforce.

Teaching and training

Research and development forms the basis of components of module 7 in ACPSEM ROMP TEAP and module 8 in IAEA-TCS-37. Training should include an understanding of teaching techniques and the teaching of radiation and general physics to different audiences. Relevant material posted on this website includes:

Relevant personal experience of my own includes:

  • Completion of supervisory practice courses on higher-degree supervision at QUT, and supervision of research student projects.
  • Publications on radiation therapist training, specifically on the use of a virtual reality system and benefits of peer-review processes.
  • Chairing, organising and presenting at educational and professional development meetings, including departmental journal clubs, therapist in-services and ACPSEM Queensland Branch schools.
  • Supervision of laboratory work and assessment of student work in a university environment (including a average 4.4 / 5.0 in Learning Experience Survey student feedback).

Research and development

Research and development forms the basis of components of module 8 in IAEA-TCS-37. Training should include participating in or developing research projects, developing grant applications, research collaboration, and familiarity with statistical methods. Relevant material posted on this website includes:

Relevant personal experience of my own includes: