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Radiation Medicine Program

As global leaders in radiation medicine, our team embraces collaboration and partnership as a way to share best practices so that quality care is made available to all patients within our community and globally. In support of this goal, many of our team members actively participate in local, national and international collaborative partnerships, holding leadership positions in many. These partnerships are based on common goals to improve cancer diagnosis and cancer services, build new cancer centres and align platforms in research and education.

Some of our more recent collaborations include:

Toronto-Africa Clinical Research Mentorship Program in Radiation Medicine

  • National Centre for Radiotherapy Ghana
  • Parirenyatwa Radiotherapy Center, Zimbabwe

The Clinical Research Mentorship Program is designed as a collaborative project between the Radiation Medicine Program (RMP), Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the National Centre of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana University Medical School. The mentorship program is for a one-year period, provided remotely by RMP faculty facilitated by telehealth technologies. Selected candidates will participate in a series of approximately fifteen (1-2 hours/session) research methods seminars. In parallel, a research project will be completed by the end of the mentorship year with the support of co-mentors (from RMP and locally). A resident liaison will also be assigned to provide peer support for the duration of the program. Since the first iteration of the program in 2015, the program has been extended to residents at The Perirenyatwa Radiotherapy Center in Zimbabwe.

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Toronto–Eldoret Radiation Therapy Seminar Series

  • Moi University, Eldoret Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Kenya

The transition from 2D to 3D radiotherapy results in improved treatment delivery and effectiveness, as well as reduced toxicity. In addition to the investment and installation of contemporary equipment, a significant change in practice workflow, skills and knowledge is required. While education and training are at the cornerstone of this transition, managing the transition is a significant change process faced by all departments involved. The current seminar series is designed to provide continuous education for the radiation therapy team, particularly for radiation therapy staff, to enhance clinical readiness when the linear accelerator is commissioned and ready for clinical use and training. Regular one-hour seminars introduce theory and concepts through disease site-based examples. Each session is delivered by a multidisciplinary team comprised of Toronto faculty and a Kenyan radiation oncologist through telehealth technologies.

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Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) in Radiation Oncology

  • Addis-Ababa University, Ethiopia

The TAAAC (Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration) education model employs the principle of "train the trainer", and "building world class education by bringing world class expert teachers to Ethiopia". The first linear accelerator will be commissioned for clinical use at Black Lion Hospital in 2018, while 5 others are anticipated across the country. A workforce of adequately trained radiation therapists is urgently needed to translate this precious resource into accessible radiotherapy treatment capacity. As part of the TAAAC, the University of Toronto's Department of Radiation Oncology is working to provide teachers and expertise to realize the first BSc program with specialization in radiation therapy in Ethiopia.  

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For more information about the Clinical Research Mentorship Program and Radiation Therapy Seminar Series, please contact Dr. Rebecca Wong.

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Last reviewed: 12/4/2017
Last modified: 12/8/2017 10:44 AM