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Our courses are accredited by DEGRO Academy. Furthermore, course type 1 is accepted by "Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg". Additionally, course type 3 is accredited by IOMP with 52,5 CPD points. More information concerning accreditation can be found here.


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The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in 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: Online Teaching Course Particle Therapy (35 TUs)

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.

Hosting our courses at DKFZ is in line with the current rules in light of Covid-19. The seminar room booked is large enough to ensure social distancing.

Course details, dates and programs

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

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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 teaching units (TUs)).

The course is split into an online phase (12 TUs) and an attendance phase (12 TUs over two days: Fri and Sat). The teaching language is English and German. In the program the lectures are marked with "DE" for German and "EN" for English, accordingly. The questions of the online test are in English, the written exam (multiple-choice questions) is in German only.

The online test covers all 12 TUs of the online phase and its successful completion is a prerequisite for the attendance phase in Heidelberg. The final written exam is about all teaching units.

Once successfully finished, participants will get a certificate indicating all points reached in the exam.

Dates at a glance:

  • Online phase: Oct. 19th – Nov. 22nd 2020
  • Availability of online test: Nov. 09th – Nov. 22nd 2020
  • Live-Online-Lecture: Nov. 05th 2020, 6 – 7pm (mandatory attendance)
    Topic: Incidents in Particle Therapy (Prof. Oliver Jäkel)
  • Attendance phase: Nov. 27th – 28th 2020

The program of Specialized Course Particle Therapy (24 TUs) is available here.

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

The Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course (2) combines all 24 TUs of course type 1 with 14 additional teaching units in order to provide a deeper understanding of particle therapy and its clinical applications.

The online phase counts 20 TUs in total. In addition, there are three live-online-sessions (6 TUs) scheduled for 6 – 7.30pm on Monday to Wednesday, prior to the attendance phase (see dates below). The remaining 12 TUs are part of the attendance phase in Heidelberg.

The teaching language is English and German. In the program the lectures are marked with "DE" for German and "EN" for English, accordingly. The questions of the online test are in English. It covers all 20 TUs of the online phase and its successful completion is a prerequisite to attend the three live-online-sessions (Mon – Wed) as well as the attendance phase in Heidelberg (Fri – Sat).

The final written exam is about all teaching units of the Specialized Course (marked with * in the program) and it is in German, only.

Once successfully finished, participants will get a certificate indicating all points reached in the exam as well as confirming the successful completion of the additional 14 TUs of course type 2.

Dates at a glance:

  • Online phase: Oct. 19th – Nov. 22nd 2020
  • Availability of online test: Nov. 09th – Nov. 22nd 2020
  • Live-Online-Lecture: Nov. 05th 2020, 6 – 7pm (mandatory attendance)
    Topic: Incidents in Particle Therapy (Prof. Oliver Jäkel)
  • Live-Online-Sessions (mandatory attendance)
    • Monday, Nov. 23rd 2020, 6 – 7.30pm
      Topic: Organ Motion Management (Prof. Oliver Jäkel) & IGRT for particle therapy: clinical perspective (Dr. Semi Harrabi)
    • Tuesday, Nov. 24th 2020, 6 – 7.30pm
      Topic: Advanced Radiobiology (Prof. Christian Karger) & Molecular and cellular radiation effects: How beam quality matters! (Dr. Peter Peschke)
    • Wednesday, Nov. 25th 2020, 6 – 7.30pm
      Topics: Case discussion (medicine and physics) (Prof. Oliver Jäkel & Dr. Semi Harrabi)
  • Attendance phase: Nov. 27th – 28th 2020

The program of our Teaching Course Particle Therapy, including Specialized Course (38 TUs) is available here.

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

The Online Teaching Course Particle Therapy (3) comprises of all 35 English-speaking teaching units of course type 2 and is hosted fully online.

Similar to course type 2, during the online phase 20 TUs are taught in total. In addition, there are three live online sessions (6 TUs) scheduled for 6 – 7.30pm on Monday to Wednesday (see dates below). Finally, participants get remote-access via web-conferencing software to virtually attend all English-speaking lectures taught on-site in Heidelberg.

The teaching and examination languages are English. To pass the course, participants are requested to successfully pass two online tests:

  • The 1st online tests covers all 20 TUs of the online phase and its successful completion is a prerequisite to attend the three live online sessions (Mon – Wed) as well as the live online sessions on Fri and Sat.
  • The 2nd online test is about all teaching units taught in our live online sessions (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sat). It takes place online live on Saturday at the end of the course.

Dates at a glance:

  • Online phase: Oct. 19th – Nov. 22nd 2020
  • Availability of online test: Nov. 09th – Nov. 22nd 2020
  • Live-Online-Lecture: Nov. 05th 2020, 6 – 7pm (mandatory attendance)
    Topic: Incidents in Particle Therapy (Prof. Oliver Jäkel)
  • Live-Online-Sessions (mandatory attendance)
    • Monday, Nov. 23rd 2020, 6 – 7.30pm
      Topic: Organ Motion Management (Prof. Oliver Jäkel) & IGRT for particle therapy: clinical perspective (Dr. Semi Harrabi)
    • Tuesday, Nov. 24th 2020, 6 – 7.30pm
      Topic: Advanced Radiobiology (Prof. Christian Karger) & Molecular and cellular radiation effects: How beam quality matters! (Dr. Peter Peschke)
    • Wednesday, Nov. 25th 2020, 6 – 7.30pm
      Topics: Case discussion (medicine and physics) (Prof. Oliver Jäkel & Dr. Semi Harrabi)
  • Live-Online-Sessions (mandatory attendance)
    • Friday, Nov. 27th 2020, 9am - 1.45pm
    • Saturday, Nov. 28th 2020, 9am - 12:15pm
  • 2nd Online Test: Saturday, Nov. 28th 2020, 12:45 - 1:45pm (mandatory attendance)

Course type 3 cannot be counted torwards "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie".

The program of the Online Teaching Course Particle Therapy (35 TUs) is available here.

Curriculum Design

All courses start with an online phase of 5 weeks. It is designed to be as flexible as possible in order to take the professional's busy schedule into account. 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. Furthermore, live-online-sessions with experts from Heidelberg are part of all course types.

During the attendance phase, further lectures and practical sessions conclude the courses. Based on the requirements of the regional council, participants of course types 1 and 2 have to be in Heidelberg during the attendance phase, because the topics of these course types are counted towards the "Fachkunde Partikeltherapie". Participants of course type 3 attend online only.

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 or Safari is necessary.

We use zoom (webconferencing software) for our live-online-sessions which is suitalble for all current devices (mobile or desktop). To join our live-online-sessions, participants get access to a password-protected online room in zoom. To avoid technical problems, all participants are requested to use a USB-Headset during the live-online-sessions.

Directly before to start 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. Furthermore, short video tutorials about zoom introduce the software to avoid technical problems online.

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, medical physics experts as well as young scientists (Bachelor's, Master's or PhD students) that wish to gain and deepen their knowledge in particle therapy.

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

Registration Area at Communication Center
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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: Online Teaching Course Particle Therapy (35 TUs)

Regular fee: €400

Reduced fee: €300

Student's fee (Bachelor's, Master's or PhD students; certificate required): €200

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 Department "Postgraduate Scientific Studies" 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. 12nd 2020 result in a €50 fee for administrative costs. Cancellations after Oct. 13th 2020 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.

We recommend to book a travel cancellation insurance of your choice to minimize your financial risk. Depending on the insurance, traveling costs (such as train ticket or accommodation expenses) are covered as well as the fees.

In case of low registration numbers until October 05th 2020, we reserve the right to cancel the course.

Snacks during breaks are included in the participation fee of course types 1 and 2.

Registration

Registration is open! Please use the registration form which is available here:

Registration forms in German and English

Registration deadline is Oct. 12th 2020.

Accreditation and Certification

DEGRO Academy:

All course types are accredited by DEGRO Academy.

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Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg (LÄK):

As in previous years, course type 1 is accepted by "Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg" as part of the "Fortbildungszertifikat" with 17 points ("Fortbildungspunkte") in category K (Kategorie K).

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International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP)

Course type 3 is accredited by the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) with a total of 52,5 CPD points in category 1. The accreditation letter is available here

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Finally, certification of all course types by DGMP (German Society of Medical Physics) is requested, too. As in previous years, we expected successful confirmations of our applications.

Venue

Communication Center (on the left) & DKFZ Main Entrance (on the right)
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The attendance phase of course types 1 and 2 takes place in:

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Communication Centre, Seminar room K1/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
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

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Heidelberg University Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology
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