ROMP TEAP completion schedule

The ACPSEM Radiation Oncology Medical Physics (ROMP) Training, Education and Assessment Program (TEAP) aims to provide the training and education required to become a certified radiation oncology medical physicist. The program is designed to be completed within 3 years by a candidate who has already completed a postgraduate degree in medical physics.

The table below presents a personal estimate for the number of days that can be spent on each of the TEAP competencies contained in CTG version 3.6, to serve as an example for those interested in developing a schedule for completion of tasks.

The following numbers were calculated assuming the expected program length was 720 days (3 years with 240 working days per year) and that level 3 brachytherapy competency would be achieved (this is not mandatory). The module and outcome weights have been taken from the ACPSEM TEAP progression monitor spreadsheet. The completion of the publication, presentation and examination elements of the program is not considered here.

These values were calculated as part of a progression tracking spreadsheet developed with A/Prof. Tanya Kairn. We’d like to acknowledge Steve Howlett and Tim van Doorn whose own solutions (official progression monitor tool and Premion TEAP tracking system, respectively) influenced the project.

# Competency Days
1.1 Understand the basics of cancer and oncology treatments 8.2
1.2 Apply radiobiological principles to patient treatment 13.7
1.3 Demonstrates professional behaviour in a clinical environment 4.1
2.1 Apply the principal requirements of radiation protection management 10.6
2.2 Determine room shielding specifications and protection measures for radiation oncology equipment 21.2
2.3 Perform radiation safety and protection procedures for radiation emitting devices according to legislated requirements 8.5
2.4 Perform radiation safety and protection procedures for radioactive material according to legislated requirements 21.2
2.5 Provide protection in relation to medical, occupational and public exposure to ionizing radiation 14.8
2.6 Manage radiation incidents and accidents 10.6
3.1 Perform quality management for dosimetry systems 46.3
3.2 Perform quality management for ancillary components of dosimetry systems 13.2
3.3 Perform absorbed dose determination in external beam radiotherapy according to established protocols 33.0
3.4 Manage relative dose measurements in external beam radiotherapy and relate to absorbed dose 33.0
3.5 Perform in-vivo dosimetry quality management for individual patients and patient group 13.2
4.1 Perform quality management and provide scientific advice on linear accelerators 78.9
4.2 Perform quality management and provide scientific advice on an MLC used for IMRT 19.7
4.3 Perform quality management and provide scientific advice on beam modifiers, patient setup and immobilisation 7.9
4.4 Perform quality management and provide scientific advice on IGRT 19.7
4.5 Perform quality management and provide scientific advice on radiotherapy CT scanners 19.7
4.6 Perform quality management and provide scientific advice on kilovoltage therapy units 19.7
4.7 Perform quality management and provide scientific advice on oncology information systems 7.9
5.1 Perform quality management and provide scientific advice on an external beam radiotherapy treatment planning system 37.0
5.2 Provide scientific advice on the safe and optimal use of imaging for external beam radiotherapy treatment planning 18.5
5.3 Provide scientific advice for the safe and optimal practice of external beam radiotherapy treatment planning 37.0
5.4 Provide scientific advice for new or specialist treatment techniques 18.5
5.5 Perform and provide scientific advice on quality management of treatment plans 27.8
6.1 Participate in acceptance, commissioning and QA tests on an HDR system 6.6
6.2 Participate in calibration of HDR brachytherapy sources according to established protocols 6.6
6.3 Participate in acceptance, commissioning and QA tests of an HDR brachytherapy treatment planning system 4.6
6.4 Participate in application of imaging modalities for HDR brachytherapy 4.6
6.5 Participate in HDR brachytherapy treatment planning and delivery 7.9
6.6 Participate in an LDR brachytherapy program 13.1
6.7 Manage and provide scientific advice for a brachytherapy program 43.4
7.1 Demonstrate professionalism 5.5
7.2 Demonstrate basic management skills and understanding of the principles of quality management 8.2
7.3 Understand the principles of procurement of radiotherapy equipment 5.5
7.4 Provide teaching and training 6.8
8.1 Understand the principles of medical imaging and image quality evaluation 8.7
8.2 Understand CT diagnostic imaging in relation to radiation oncology 8.7
8.3 Understand MRI diagnostic imaging in relation to radiation oncology 8.7
8.4 Understand PET diagnostic imaging in relation to radiation oncology 8.7
8.5 Understand radiographic and fluoroscopic diagnostic imaging in relation to radiation oncology 8.7
8.6 Understand ultrasound diagnostic imaging in relation to radiation oncology 0*
8.7 Understand gamma camera and SPECT diagnostic imaging in relation to radiation oncology 0*

* Registrars only need to complete one of the competencies numbered 8.5, 8.6 and 8.7. The schedule above assumes 8.5 would be completed.