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The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg offers three courses in the field of particle therapy that are hosted fully online in 2021, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. 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 1a: Virtual Specialized Course Particle Therapy for Physicians (24 Teaching Units (TUs))
  • Course type 1b: Virtual Specialized Course Radiation Protection Particle Therapy (ST5) for Medical Physics Experts (MPEs; 18 TUs)

  • Course type 2a: Virtual Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course for Physicians (38 TUs)
  • Course type 2b: Virtual Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course for MPEs (32 TUs)

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

All courses are designed as flexible as possible to fit into the professional's busy schedule. They are also in line with the letter for fully online specialized courses in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic (see letter (Rundschreiben) of the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety as of Dec. 18th 2020, file number (Aktenzeichen (AZ)): S II 3 – 1512/006- 2020.0001).

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

Please feel free to download our flyer (courses 2021) here to tell your colleagues!

News

Our next courses are scheduled for mid of October (start of online phase) until end of November 2022 (Live-Online-Phase or attendance phase in Heidelberg). It is not clear yet if the courses will be 100% virtual or if we combine our online phase with an attendance phase in Heidelberg.

Just contact us by e-mail at spezialkurs.partikeltherapie@dkfz-heidelberg.de if you want to be put to the list of people who would like to be informed about any news.

Course types 1a & 1b: course details, dates and target group

Course type 1a Virtual Specialized Course Particle Therapy for Physicians (24 Teaching Units (TUs)) is designed for physicians and can be counted towards the "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie" in accordance with point 3, appendix 1 of the letter ("Rundschreiben") 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".

Course type 1b Virtual Specialized Course Radiation Protection Particle Therapy (ST5) for MPEs (18 TUs) is designed for Medical Physics Experts and can be counted towards the "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie" in accordance with appendix 4 of the guidelines of the Radiation Protection Act (Richtlinienmodul zur StrlSchV „Erforderliche Fachkunden im Strahlenschutz für Medizinphysik-Experten (MPE)" - Anforderungen an den Erwerb) as of Feb. 01st 2021 as well as the requirements of the "Richtlinie Strahlenschutz in der Medizin".

The course types are split into an online phase (covering 50% of all TUs) that is terminated by a mandatory online test, and a Live-Online-Phase about the remaining 50% of TUs. At the end of the whole course the mandatory online exam (Multiple Choice) takes place and covers all TUs of each course type.

Dates at a glance (2021):

  • Online phase: Oct. 18th - Nov. 21st 2021
  • Online test (Multiple Choice): Nov. 05th - Nov. 21st 2021 (During this period participants can do the online test whenever they have time.)
  • Live-Online-Phase: Nov. 23rd - Nov. 26th 2021 (All days and times are indicated on the program. Please download it and read it carefully.)
  • Online exam (Multiple Choice): Nov. 26th 2021, 6-7pm (CET)

Further details at a glance:

  • Teaching Languages: English and German
  • Language of the online test: English
  • Language of the online exam: German
  • "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie": Yes
  • Target groups:
    • Course type 1a: Physicians
    • Course type 1b: MPEs

Programs 2021:

Please feel free to download the programs of course types 1a and 1b here:

Course types 2a & 2b: course details, dates and target group

Course type 2a Virtual Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course for Physicians (38 TUs) as well as course type 2b Virtual Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course (ST5) for MPEs (32 TUs) combines all TUs of the specialized courses with 14 additional teaching units in order to provide a deeper understanding of particle therapy and its clinical applications.

Same as for course types 1a and 1b, each course is split into an online phase, that ends up with a mandatory online test (Multiple Choice) about all topics taught during the online phase, and the Live-Online-Phase that covers the rest of the TUs. The mandatory online exam (Multiple Choice) at the end of the whole course is about all topics and TUs that are part of the spezialiced courses (marked with * in the program; 24 or 18 TUs, respectively).  

Dates at a glance (2921):

  • Online phase: Oct. 18th - Nov. 21st 2021
  • Online test (Multiple Choice): Nov. 05th - Nov. 21st 2021 (During this period participants can do the online test whenever they have time.)
  • Live-Online-Phase: Nov. 22nd - Nov. 26th 2021 (All days and times are indicated on the program. Please download it and read it carefully.)
    Online exam (Multiple Choice): Nov. 26th 2021, 6 - 7pm (CET)

Further details at a glance:

  • Teaching Languages: English and German
  • Language of the online test: English
  • Language of the online exam: German
  • "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie": Yes
  • Target groups:
    • Course type 2a: Physicians
    • Course type 2b: MPEs

Programs 2021:

The programs of course types 2a and 2b can be downloaded here:

Course type 3: Online Teaching Course Particle Therapy

Course type 3 Online Teaching Course Particle Therapy comprises 35 English-speaking teaching units (TUs) and cannot be counted towards the "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie". 

It is also split into an online phase with the mandatory first online test about all topics of the online phase, and a Live-Online-Phase that takes place during one week (starting late afternoon). The couse is concluded by the mandatory second online test about all topics taught during the Live-Online-Phase.

Dates at a glance (2021):

  • Online phase: Oct. 18th - Nov. 21st 2021
  • First online test (Multiple Choice): Nov. 05th - Nov. 21st 2021 (During this period participants can do the online test whenever they have time.)
  • Live-Online-Phase: Nov. 22nd - Nov. 26th 2021 (All days and times are indicated on the program. Please download it and read it carefully.)
  • Second online test (Multiple Choice): Nov. 26th 2021, 6 - 7pm (CET)

Further details at a glance:

  • Teaching Language: English (no German ability required)
  • Language of the first and second online test: English
  • "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie": No
  • Target groups:
    • Young national and international scientists
    • BSc, MSc or PhD students from around the globe
    • Physicians and MPEs without interest to gain the "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie"

Program 2021:

Please fee free to download the program of course type 3 here:

Description of Online Phase

All courses start with an online phase of 5 weeks. It is designed to be as flexible as possible in order to take into account the professional's busy schedule. During this period, participants get access to the virtual learning platform "Moodle" which provides all learning materials such as recorded video lectures and lecture notes as PDFs.

All course types are concluded by mandatory online tests about all topics of the online phase. 50% of the points need to be reached to successfully pass an online test and to be accepted for the Live-Online-Phase. If you miss the 50%, a short online interview with the course leaders will be scheduled prior to the Live-Online-Phase.

Please also download and read our technical requirements to attend our virtual courses.

Description of Live-Online-Phase

During the mandatory Live-Online-Phase we use Zoom (webconferencing software) which is suitalble for all current devices (mobile or desktop). Please download and carefully read the programs to see all dates and times of each session.

Both the mandatory online exam (course types 1 and 2, only) as well as the mandatory second online test (course type 3 only) are scheduled at the end of the courses and take place online on Zoom and Moodle at the same time. 50% of the points indicated in the exam and the second online test need to be reached to get the final certificate of attendance.

Participation is mandatory for all attendees; prior to the first talk of the Live-Online-Session there will be an online ID-Check (either with your ID card or your passport) with the course coordinators. More information about this procedure will be announced in advance. Furhtermore, you can check your technical settings in Zoom to ensure a smooth participation.

Program Leaders

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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 and Registration 2021

Course type 1a:

  • Regular: €375
  • Reduced (e.g. DEGRO members or similar): €275

Course type 1b:

  • Regular: €300
  • Reduced (e.g. DGMP members or similar): €220

Course type 2a:

  • Regular: €500
  • Reduced (e.g. DEGRO members or similar): €425

Course type 2b:

  • Regular: €425
  • Reduced (e.g. DGMP members or similar): €375

Course type 3:

  • Regular: €400
  • Students (BSc, MSc or PhD students with certificate of enrolment or similar): €150

Our registration is closed!

Contact

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

Course organization

Anna Moshanina & Marcel Schäfer

German Cancer Research Center
Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology
Im Neuenheimer Feld 223
DE-69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 6221 42-3481
Fax: +49 6221 42-3482

Accreditation and Certification

Regional Authority (Regierungspräsidium) Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The Spezialiced Course Particle Therapy for Physicians (24 TUs; course type 1a and and parts of course type 2a) as well as the one for MPEs (18 TUs; course type 1b and parts of course types 2b) are officially recognized on Sep. 02nd 2021 by the Regional Authority (Regierungspräsidium) Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, based on §51 in combination with §47 para 3 of the "StrlSchV".


DEGRO Academy:

All course types are accredited by DEGRO Academy.


DGMP (German Society of Medical Physics):

All courses have been approved by the DGMP (German Society of Medical Physics) as education and CPD.


Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg (LÄK):

As in previous years, the "Specialized Course Particle Therapy for Physicians" (course type 1a and parts of course type 2a) has been accepted by the  "Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg" as "Fortbildungszertifikat" with 16 points ("Fortbildungspunkte") in category K (Kategorie K).


International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP)

Course type 3 has been accredited by the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) with 51 CPD points.

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