The updated ESTRO core curricula 2011 for clinicians, medical physicists and RTTs in radiotherapy/radiation oncology

Jesper G. Eriksen, Andrew W. Beavis, Mary A. Coffey, Jan Willem H Leer, Stefano M. Magrini, Kim Benstead, Tobias Boelling, Marie Hjälm-Eriksson, Guy Kantor, Boguslaw MacIejewski, Maris Mezeckis, Angelo Oliveira, Pierre Thirion, Pavel Vitek, Dag Rune Olsen, Teresa Eudaldo, Wolfgang Enghardt, Pascal François, Cristina Garibaldi, Ben HeijmenMirjana Josipovic, Tibor Major, Stylianos Nikoletopoulos, Alex Rijnders, Michael Waligorski, Marta Wasilewska-Radwanska, Laura Mullaney, Annette Boejen, Aude Vaandering, Guy Vandevelde, Christine Verfaillie, Richard Pötter

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Introduction: In 2007 ESTRO proposed a revision and harmonisation of the core curricula for radiation oncologists, medical physicists and RTTs to encourage harmonised education programmes for the professional disciplines, to facilitate mobility between EU member states, to reflect the rapid development of the professions and to secure the best evidence-based education across Europe. Material and methods: Working parties for each core curriculum were established and included a broad representation with geographic spread and different experience with education from the ESTRO Educational Committee, local representatives appointed by the National Societies and support from ESTRO staff. Results: The revised curricula have been presented for the ESTRO community and endorsement is ongoing. All three curricula have been changed to competency based education and training, teaching methodology and assessment and include the recent introduction of the new dose planning and delivery techniques and the integration of drugs and radiation. The curricula can be downloaded at EuropeanCurricula.aspx. Conclusion: The main objective of the ESTRO core curricula is to update and harmonise training of the radiation oncologists, medical physicists and RTTs in Europe. It is recommended that the authorities in charge of the respective training programmes throughout Europe harmonise their own curricula according to the common framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • CanMEDS
  • Core curriculum
  • Oncology education and training
  • Radiation oncology
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Specialist education and training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Hematology


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