Clinical and Experimental Radiobiology Course

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Program Award

We're pleased to announce that under Dr. Koritzinsky's leadership, the Radiobiology Course at UTDRO has received the Colin Woolf Award for Excellence in Program Development and Coordination, 2020-2021.

Program Overview

Clinical and Experimental Radiobiology is an award-winning five-day course that takes place at the University of Toronto in the Spring every year.

This program provides a comprehensive overview of radiation biology with a particular emphasis on aspects of direct relevance to the practice of radiation oncology. It addresses the molecular and cellular responses to radiation-induced damage that influence cell death in both tumors and normal tissues. Quantitation of radiation effects and the underlying biological basis for fractionation of radiotherapy and dose-response relationships in the clinic are covered in depth. The biological basis for current approaches to improve radiotherapy will be described including novel fractionation schemes, retreatment issues, targeting hypoxia, biological modifiers and combined radiotherapy/chemotherapy.

The suggested textbook for this course is Basic Clinical Radiobiology, Fifth Edition. It is strongly recommended that you read this book before attending the course.

Dates and Registration 

Course date & time: April 24, 2023 to April 28, 2023, Time 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET.

Final Question Period (Optional): TBD.

Exam: May 5, 2023, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  (see details below)

Registration: Will open Fall 2022. 

Location

TBD. 

Program Schedule

Schedule for 2023 is TBA. You may find 2022 Program Schedule web page here.

Exam 

  • Canadian Learners: The exam will be held on May 5, 2023 at 9:00am - 12:00pm at your local time in Canada. Exam delivery type is TBD (e.g. virtual vs. in-person). 
  • International Learners: Time for international students will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Exam proctored locally - details will be sent directly to course participants and local coordinators. 

Professional Accreditation

Continuing Professional Development has awarded the 2022 Clinical and Experimental Radiobiology Program (Via Synchronous Online Learning) with the following credits: 

2023 credit breakdown is TBD. 

  • Royal College Maintenance of Certification Section 1: 23.0 hours
  • Royal College Maintenance of Certification Section 3 Self-Assessment: 6.5 hours
  • American Medical Association Category 1: 29.5 credits

** Please read the next section carefully to understand if you need to take the exam to receive your preferred credits. 

Who needs to take the exam?

The exam is mandatory for students seeking course credit at their educational institution. Learners who are taking this course for other reasons are not required to take the exam.

Learners who take and pass the exam will receive: 

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1 credits
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 3 credits
  • The American Medical Association - AMA PRA Category 1 credits
  • University of Toronto Certificate of Completion 

Learners who do not take the exam or do not pass, will get:

  • University of Toronto's Certificate of Attendance
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1 credits. 

Exam Passing Grade

70%

Program Goals and Learning Objectives 

  • Apply novel forms of therapy, including combination therapy with chemotherapy and targeted agents to improve patient outcomes;
  • Improve the safety of radiation therapy and reduce side effects through an understanding of the biological principles involved;
  • Describe the key aspects of radiation biology that are of particular relevance to the practice of radiation oncology;
  • Predict the molecular and cellular responses to radiation-induced damage that influence cell death in both tumors and normal tissues;
  • Quantify the radiation effects and the underlying biological basis for fractionation of radiotherapy and dose-response relationships in the clinic;
  • Evaluate the biological basis for side effects that limit safe doses of treatment and retreatment.

Target Group

The course is designed primarily to address the needs of radiation oncology residents and physics residents who are in radiation oncology departments. In addition, the course will be valuable to new researchers in radiation biology and to radiation oncology fellows or practicing oncologists who recognize a lack of basic science or want to update their knowledge.

Course Faculty (2023)

University of Toronto Faculty

  • Dr. Marianne Koritzinsky, Course Director
  • Dr. Andrew Hope 
  • Dr. Bradly Wouters
  • Dr. Craig Tim
  • Dr. David Hodgson
  • Dr. David Shultz
  • Dr. Fei-Fei Liu 
  • Dr. Gerard Morton
  • Dr. John Cho 
  • Dr. Kathy Han 
  • Dr. Patricia Lindsay 
  • Dr. Scott Bratman
  • Dr. Stan Liu 
  • Dr. Sten Myrehaug
  • Dr. Sylvia Ng

International Faculty 

  • Dr. Michael Joiner (Wayne State University, Detroit, MI)
  • Dr. Albert van der Kogel (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI)

Textbook

The suggested textbook for this course is Basic Clinical Radiobiology. It is strongly recommended that you read this book before attending the course.

More Information

Please email the Department of Radiation Oncology: radiation.oncology@utoronto.ca

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