Introduction

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The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg offers three courses in the field of particle therapy. The courses are organized under the auspices of the Heidelberg Institute of Radiation Oncology (HIRO) in close cooperation with the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT) as well as the University Hospital Heidelberg.

Course type 1: Specialized Course Particle Therapy (24 Teaching Units (TUs))

Course type 2: Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course (38 TUs)

Course type 3: Teaching Course Particle Therapy (35 TUs)

The Specialized Course Particle Therapy (1) is designed for physicians and medical physics experts and can be counted towards the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapie” as set forth according to point 3, appendix 1 of the letter of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as of June 18th 2015, (file number (Aktenzeichen (Az)).: RS II, 4 – 15174) as well as the requirements of the “Richtlinie Strahlenschutz in der Medizin“ (24 TUs).

The Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course (2) combines all 24 TUs of the Specialized Course with 14 additional teaching units in order to provide a deeper understanding of particle therapy and its clinical applications.

The Teaching Course Particle Therapy (3) is the short version of course type 2 and offers all English-speaking teaching units. Consequently, course type 3 is not relevant for the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapie”.

As one of the largest radiation therapy centers in Europe, the unique ion beam therapy center with its isocentric gantry and many years of experience in online-enhanced teaching, Heidelberg is an excellent place for further education of physicians and physicists.

As in previous years, all three course types have been accredited by DGMP. Thus, all participants will get a certificate indicating the corresponding DGMP points.

The "Specialized Course Particle Therapy" (Course type 1 and parts of course type 2) are approved by the “Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg” with 21 continuing education credit points ("Fortbildungspunkte) in category "K".

Course details, dates and programs

Course type 1: Specialized Course Particle Therapy (24 TUs)

Course type 1 is relevant to obtain the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapy”.  The course is split into an online phase (11 TUs) and an attendance phase (13 TUs over two days).

After successfully passing the final written exam (multiple-choice questions), participants will receive an official certificate indicating the reached score.

The teaching language is English and German. The lectures are marked with "DE" for German and "EN" for English; accordingly, the language of the questions of the online test as well as of the exam (multiple-choice questions) is English or German.

Dates:

  • Online phase: 21.10. - 27.11.2019
  • Attendance phase: 29. - 30.11.2019

Link to program of Specialized Course Particle Therapy here (version of Oct. 21st 2019).

Course type 2: Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course (38 TUs)

Our second course type consists of 38 TUs in total. The 24 TUs of course type 1 are part of its curriculum and they are expanded by 14 additional teaching units to provide a deeper understanding of particle therapy and its clinical applications. 17 TUs are taught during the online phase. During the attendance phase of 3 days, participants will attend 21 further lectures.

The final written exam (multiple-choice questions) only refers to the topics of the 24 TUs of course type 1 which are relevant for the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapie”. After successfully passing the final exam, participants will receive an official certificate indicating the reached score as well as a list of all additional teaching units. This certificate can be counted towards the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapie”.

The teaching language is English and German. The lectures are marked with "DE" for German and "EN" for English; accordingly, the language of the questions of the online test as well as of the exam (multiple-choice questions) is English or German.

Dates:

  • Online phase: 21.10. - 27.11.2019
  • Attendance phase: 28. - 30.11.2019

Link to program of Teaching Course Particle Therapy, inkluding Specialized Course (38 TUs) here (version of Nov. 12th 2019).

Course type 3: Teaching Course Particle Therapy (35 TUs)

The third course type Teaching Course Particle Therapy” consists of 35 TUs and includes all English-speaking TUs of course type 2.

Consequently, 18 TUs are taught online and 17 TUs during the attendance phase. Course type 3 cannot be counted towards the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapy”, therefore a final written exam is not necessary. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

The teaching language is English, thus the language of the mandatory online test is English as well.

Dates:

  • Online phase: 21.10. - 27.11.2019
  • Attendance phase: 28. - 30.11.2019

Link to program of Teaching Course Particle Therapy (35 TUs) here (version of Nov. 12th 2019).

Curriculum Design

All courses start with an online phase of approximately 5 weeks. During this period, participants get access to the virtual learning platform “Moodle” which provides all learning materials such as recorded video lectures, lecture notes as PDFs as well as a mandatory online test about all teaching units. The online test is open for 2 weeks so that all participants can do the test whenever it suits them best. The online phase is designed to be as flexible as possible in order to take the professional’s busy schedule into account. The successful completion of the online test is a prerequisite for attending the attendance phase in Heidelberg (2-3 days). This applies to all three course types.

During the attendance phase, further lectures and practical sessions conclude the courses. At the end of the attendance phase participants of course types 1 and 2 have to take a written exam (multiple-choice questions) covering all 24 TUs relevant for the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapie”.

Technical requirements

In order to participate in the courses, a computer with an up-to-date operating system (Windows, Mac or Linux) and access to a high-speed internet connection is required. Alternatively, tablets or smartphones (Android or IOS) with access to the internet are suitable. Additionally, an up-to-date web browser such as Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer is necessary. We recommend that participants use a USB-Headset to listen to the lectures and to go through them at their own pace.

Directly before the start of the online phase, all participants will get an email with detailed information about the requirements, access and use of the e-learning platform Moodle.  This platform is password-protected and participants will get their own account to access it. Therefore, we ensure that all the provided learning materials are only available to registered participants.

Upon first login, a tutorial will show participants the course structure and the different functionalities of the provided learning materials. The online learning materials will be available around 5 weeks before the attendance phase and can be worked on individually.

Target groups

Course type 1: Physicians and medical physics experts that are interested in obtaining the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapy”.

Course type 2: Physicians and medical physics experts that are interested in obtaining the “Fachkunde Partikeltherapy” and also wish to deepen their knowledge in particle therapy.

Course type 3: Physicians and medical physics experts that wish to gain and deepen their knowledge in particle therapy.

Program Leaders

Professor Oliver Jäkel, PhD

Head of the Department of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, DKFZ, Heidelberg
Head of Medical Physics of the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT)

Professor Jürgen Debus, MD, PhD

Medical Director of the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT) and of the Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy Clinic at the Heidelberg University Hospital

Fees

Fee for course type 1: Specialized Course Particle Therapy (24 TUs)

Regular fee: €375

Reduced fee (DEGRO, DGMP, ÖGMP, SGSMP members): €275

Fee for course type 2: Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course (38 TUs)

Regular fee: €575

Reduced fee: €450

Fee for course type 3: Teaching Course Particle Therapy (35 TUs)

Regular fee: €550

Reduced fee: €425

After you submit the registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Once your data are verified (particularly your membership in one of the named societies) by the „Advanced Scientific Training” Department at Heidelberg University, you will receive an invoice by e-mail.

Please note: the registration is only valid after the participation fee has been received! Please note our cancellation policy : Cancellations require the written form (e-mail or letter; see contact details below). Cancellations until Oct. 14th 2019 result in a €50 fee for administrative costs. Cancellations after Oct. 15th 2019 are non-fundable, they result in the payment of the entire participation fee. It is possible to appoint a substitute, however, administrative costs of € 50 are due.

In case of low registration numbers until October 7th, 2019, we reserve the right to cancel the course.

Meal provisions (coffee breaks, lunch, snacks) are included in the participation fee.

 

Registration and Flyer

The registration is closed! If you want to be added to our waiting list for the current courses, please contact us by e-mail via spezialkurs.partikeltherapie@dkfz-heidelberg.de. 

The flyer is available here.

Venue

The attendance phase takes place in:

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg, Communication Centre, Seminar room K2 (first floor)

Address:

Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg
Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/7gN14Pcjsvf6s86u7

Further information on how to get to the DKFZ can be found here.

Contact

We are happy to help with any questions you may have. You can contact us at spezialkurs.partikeltherapie@dkfz.de

Course organization

Marcel Schäfer & Anna Moshanina

German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg

Department of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology

Phone: +49 6221 42-2644
Phone: +49 6221 42-3481

Fax: +49 6221 42-3482

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