For FEE Courses
Accelerated Technology Education Course (ATec)
The Accelerator Technology Education Course (ATec) is targeted at those interested in enhancing their understanding of linear accelerator technology. This immersive course will examine the theory, functionality, and basic service principles of linear accelerators in a multidisciplinary forum emphasizing the clinical relevance of all components of linac servicing - from beam tuning, troubleshooting imaging systems and safety issues related to accelerator servicing.
The course will run virtually for four weeks from March 23 to April 13, 2022. The first week will start with a 1-hour introductory lecture. Each subsequent week will include a ~3-hour lecture/group discussion session and a 1.5-hour tutorial. Weekly offline tasks include offline recordings and lab assignments using the SIMAC software platform (estimated time commitment – 5 hours).
Audience: Medical Physicists, Physics Associates, Engineers, Accelerator Services
Full Registration Fee: $1100 CDN
Intracranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery (fSRS) Online Education Course
The effectiveness of high-precision radiation therapy in the treatment of a single or multiple lesions in the brain has led to fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery (fSRS) being considered a critical tool in the overall management of these patients. Various platforms can be used including the linac, gamma knife and cyberknife. While the platforms differ, the underlying principles remain the same.
We will use various educational formats to deliver the high impact, highly interactive education you have come to expect from AEP - all from the comfort of your own home or office. After a live, online introduction/orientation (January 11, 2021), participants will complete offline learning activities (videos, readings, discussion boards) that will culminate in a full-day, live, interactive event (January 25, 2021) for the development of the skills and judgement necessary for the delivery of high quality fSRS.
Cost: $1000 CDN per person
Lead Faculty: Barbara-Ann Millar MD, Catherine Coolens PhD, Winnie Li MRT(T), MSc
Guest Faculty: Caroline Chung MD, MDAnderson, Houston TX; Paul Kongkham MD, Toronto-Western Hospital, Toronto ON; Jonathan Greenspoon MD, Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton ON
FREE Online Learning Modules
IGRT Primer: Using CBCT
|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 in Radiation Therapy Primer
|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.
|Duration: 5 to 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.
Soft Tissue Sarcoma Primer
|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.
For FEE Case Based Modules
|Duration: 15 minutes to 5.5 hours
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has been proven to be an effective tool in the management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC). The Liver SBRT eModule uses a case-based approach to illustrate the relevant clinical, pathologic, radiobiological, oncologic and technological principles that guide the assessment, decision-making and treatment of patients diagnosed with HCC.