Welcome to the Accelerated Education Program (AEP) in Radiation Medicine at the Princess Margaret

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Welcome to the Accelerated Education Program (AEP) in Radiation Medicine at the Princess Margaret

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Educational Offerings

The Accelerated Education Program at the Princess Margaret (AEPatPM) aims to accelerate the mobilization and translation of knowledge into practice on a local, national, and global scale. Our suite of educational offerings provides learners with a unique opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to implement both fundamental and innovative radiotherapy principles into practice. Here at AEPatPM, we are continuously developing new curricula for our on-site CME courses offerings as well as further developing our suite of online modules. Click below to explore our current offerings. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us directly as we may already have something in the works!

On-site Courses
On-site radiation medicine CME courses offer a mix of didactic and hands-on application. Intimate class sizes and expert interprofessional faculty provide an optimal environment for learning the latest techniques and technology in radiation medicine.
Online Learning
Our wide range of online radiation medicine CME course offerings allow you to learn from the comfort of your home - from introductory IGRT Primer modules, to intensive and immersive case-based learning modules that take you through the full continuum of radiation treatment.
Clinical Experiences
The Personalized Learning Program (PLP) in the Radiation Medicine Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre immerses learners in our clinical environment for an extended period of time. Learners are able to shadow our expert clinicians and participate in on-site educational activities.

Upcoming Course Dates

Liver SBRT IGRT - October 24-26, 2019
Course Leaders: Drs. Laura Dawson, MD & Aisling Barry, MD
Guest Faculty: Dr. Smith Apirasnthanarax, University of Washington, Department of Radiation Oncology
Audience: All radiation medicine professionals
Early-bird Deadline: September 26, 2019
Sample 2018 Program

To register, please download the following registration and payment forms and submit completed documents to us directly: aep@rmp.uhn.ca

Accelerator Technology (ATec) Education Course - November 5-8, 2019
Course Leaders: Mr. Bernard Norrlinger & Dr. Nathan Becker, PhD
Guest Faculty: To be announced
Audience: Medical Physicists, Physics Associates, Engineers, Accelerator Services
Early-bird Deadline: October 8, 2019
Sample 2018 Program 

To register, please download the following registration and payment forms and submit completed documents to us directly: aep@rmp.uhn.ca

Image Matching for Radiation Therapists - January 13-14, 2020
Course Leader: Winnie Li, MRT(T), MSc
Audience: Radiation Therapists Only.
Early-bird Deadline: December 18, 2019
Sample 2019 Program

Early-Bird Discount
15% off

Please refer to "Registration Policies" below for details

Alumni Discount
20% off

Please refer to "Registration Policies" below for details

"The course was extremely well organized, technologies facilities were excellent.
Thank you for an excellent program" - Liver SBRT April 2016

"The multiprofessional material gave me a clear picture of what a patient endures,
and the reasoning for medical decisions" -
Soft Tissue Sarcoma: The Toronto System October 2017




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Accreditation is an important component of our on-site CME course offerings. We apply for credits from the following regulatory bodies when applicable to a given course offering. The number of credits awarded varies, please contact us directly for specific credits awarded.

Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT)
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada
Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB)
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs Inc. (CAMPEP)

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On-Site Course Descriptions


Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) 

Our IGRT/SBRT course offerings continue to evolve in response to changing technology, applications, and evidence-based practice. We offer foundations as well as disease site-specific courses and continue to develop new courses each year, including: Liver SBRT, Lung SBRT, Head and Neck IM/IGRT, Paraspinal SBRT, CNS, SBRT for Oligometastases, and Sarcoma coming this fall 2017. These more focused courses still cover the fundamental principles of IGRT/SBRT, but do so within the unique context of their particular disease site.

Accelerator Technology (ATec)

The ATec Education Course is developed to address the training needs of physics staff responsible for the maintenance of medical accelerators. The emphasis of the course is on the practical aspects of maintaining Linacs, through a combination of lectures and hands-on labs.

Quality & Safety in Radiation Therapy (QSRT)

This course aims to expose learners to the overarching principles that comprise a program-wide approach to quality and safety and proposes a variety of tools and approaches that learners immediately experience to help advance their own practice along the quality continuum and provide insights to be brought back to their local program.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

Over the past decade, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) has emerged as the standard of treatment for the delivery of the safest and most effective radiation therapy. It exploits technologies that minimize treatment side effects, while giving definitive radiation doses to diseased tissue. The course was developed to share a unique interprofessional approach to patient treatment and program development to give professionals an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in this area.

Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS) Primer *NEW*

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Soft Tissue Sarcoma (STS) is a rare cancer with an incidence of 1.5 to 5/100,000 per year. This STS Primer provides a brief introduction to the disease – its incidence, etiology, presentation, routes of spread and principles of management including the use of radiation therapy. This module will take approximately 2 hours to complete, including a short pre- and post-course assessment. References are provided to allow the learner to continue their exploration of STS at the completion of the short module.


IGRT Primer

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Volumetric imaging has now become widely available for image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), and gantry-mounted systems are poised to substantially alter radiation therapy practice. This module will provide learners with a conceptual introduction to components of IGRT that need to be considered for transition of IGRT into practice – in particular, cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). The ideal properties of targeting systems for image guidance will be explored, and an overview provided of the strengths and limitations of the currently available image guidance tools will be provided, with a focus on CBCT.

Quality & Safety

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Radiotherapy is an effective and safe treatment for cancer if delivered in an appropriate manner. The rapid introduction of new technology and the complex, multi-dimensional interprofessional nature of the radiotherapy planning and delivery process demand a high level of continuous monitoring, intervention and learning to assure that the most appropriate and safest treatment is always delivered to patients. This module will explore the importance of quality assurance in the context of modern radiotherapy, highlighting the value of integrated, complementary activities from the initial decision to treat with radiotherapy to delivery of the final treatment fraction. It will address the considerations regarding competing values that inform decision-making with respect to quality initiatives, and the basic elements of successful change management.

Lung SBRT eModule

Duration: 5-10 hours

This case-based, immersive emodule follows the journey of Mr. V. He is a patient that presents to a local ER with coughing and other respiratory symptoms. The interactive learning trajectory uses a variety of media to take the learner from initial presentation through to follow up – highlighting the important physical, pathologic, radiobiological, oncologic and technological principles that guide the assessment, decision-making and treatment of and for this patient. Relevant learning and reference resources are provided to augment the case-based exercise that allows the learner to customize the depth and breadth of the learning experience to suit individual learning needs. Broken into submodules, periodic assessment will permit the learner to test their learning and identify areas for further exploration.

Participants will benefit from:

  • 6-12 month immersive clinical observation experience with mentors
  • Interaction with renowned experts in radiation oncology
  • Exposure to state-of-the-art facility & clinical care
  • Various education courses of blended format (on-site & online):
    • AEP IMRT/IGRT: Head & Neck
    • AEP SBRT: Liver, Lung, Spine
    • AEP Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Brain
    • AEP Quality & Safety
    • AEP Accelerator Technology
    • Radiation Physics
    • Clinical & Experimental Radiobiology
    • Educational lectures, journal clubs, conferences, clinical rounds
    • Upon successful completion of the PLP™, learners will receive a Certificate of Completion, and become an alumni member of the Princess Margaret global network. To learn more about PLPs™ in other areas, and about the UHN International Centre for Education, please visit their website.

For more information about the Executive PLP™ in Radiation Medicine, or if you have any questions about the application requirements, please contact:

Program Director:
Dr. Jennifer Croke

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"The most important thing I have learned cannot be found in a book or in a paper… It’s the professor’s experience."

- Dr. Run-Ye Wu, Department of Radiation Oncology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College

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Connect With Us!

The Accelerated Education Program (AEP)
The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5G 2M9

Phone: (416) 946-2325

Email: aep@rmp.uhn.on.ca

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Our Program

The Radiation Medicine Program (RMP) at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is making major contributions to the radiation medicine community by accelerating the mobilization and translation of knowledge into practice. With a large cadre of expert professionals, educators and researchers, the Radiation Medicine Program is uniquely positioned to accomplish this goal. The Accelerated Education Program at the Princess Margaret (AEPatPM) was initiated in 2005 to develop Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs in radiation medicine to disseminate innovative research and practical knowledge using state of the art educational methodologies to facilitate this. AEP at the Princess Margaret is delivered in partnership with the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto.

Our Mission

The Accelerated Education Program in Radiation Medicine at Princess Margaret (AEP atPM) is putting innovation to work through on-site and online Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities dedicated to promoting essential aspects of clinical care for radiation therapists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists and other health care professional involved in the radiation therapy enterprise. The AEP at the Princess Margaret aims to be the premiere source for all of your radiotherapy professional development and continuing education needs.

Registration Policies

On-Site Registration Policies

Confirmation of registration will be provided upon receipt of payment. DO NOT book non-refundable travel until your registration has been confirmed.

Registrant Cancellation: Written notification of cancellation is required at least ten business days prior to the course start date. If notification is received by this time a refund will be issued, minus a 15% administration fee. Substitutions and transfer of registration to a future course are also permitted. No refund will be issued if cancellation is received fewer than ten business days before the course start date.
Course Cancellation: If a course is canceled, the Accelerated Education Program will refund the course registration fee in full but is not responsible for travel, accommodation, or other expenses incurred by the participant. The AEP assumes no liability for changes in course content or faculty.
Early-bird Discount: The AEP offers a 15% early-bird discount* to registrations completed four weeks or more prior to a course start date.
Alumni Discount: The AEP offers a 20% discount* to University of Toronto Department of Radiation Oncology Alumni.
Trainee Pricing: Trainee pricing is available on a course by course basis. Trainee pricing is not applicable to courses marked with an asterisk.
Group Discount:
 If you are interested in attending one of our on-site courses with colleagues from your institution please contact us directly before registering as you may be eligible to receive our group discount rate.

*Discounts are only applicable to general registration pricing. Discount may not be applied to trainee pricing. Discounts cannot be combined.

These policies are subject to change without notice

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