Imaging for oncology trainees

Background

A recurring theme in ORF trainee surveys in recent years has been the difficulty that many clinical oncology trainees encounter in accessing radiology teaching. In an effort to help trainees, the RCR appointed Dr Nuradh Joseph, specialty registrar at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, as one of the first RCR Clinical Fellows with a specific educational remit: to investigate how the College could best support clinical oncology trainees in this area and to begin the process of developing some learning resources.

Dr Joseph has led this project with the supervision and support of Dr Brendan Carey, Consultant Radiologist in Leeds, Dr Ananya Choudhury, Consultant Clinical Oncologist in Manchester and Dr Lucy Kershaw, MR Physicist in Manchester, to develop what will be the first of a suite of modules focusing on imaging as it relates to clinical oncology training and practice organised by tumour site. The project team included Dr Ganesh Radhakrishna, Chair of the Clinical Oncology Curriculum Committee, and RCR support staff.

Modules

Two modules have been developed in the form of PowerPoint presentations with a recorded voice-over which gives broader information to support the content of the slides. Some of the slides are animated. The script of the voice-over is also included in the notes section beneath the relevant slide to enable it to be read as well as listened to. It is intended that further modules will follow and that some short assessments will be added in due course.

Please note that to view these two modules, you will be re-directed to the RCR Learning hub:

Imaging in Prostate Cancer 
Imaging in Gynaecological Cancer

At the end of this module you should be able to describe the basic radiological anatomy of the prostate gland, understand the role of different imaging modalities in the diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer as well as appreciate the appearance of prostate cancer in MR imaging.

Modules currently in development

The following modules are in development and will be made available here in due course:

  • Lung 
  • Head and neck
  • Oesophageal 
  • Colorectal - anal 
  • Colorectal - rectal 
  • Breast 
  • Brain
  • Lymphoma
  • Pancreas
  • Sarcoma
  • Bladder

We need your help

The College is looking for volunteers to help with the development of additional modules. If you are a trainee who has completed the First FRCR examination and you have an interest in education as well as a tumour site that is not already in development, please consider volunteering to take the lead in developing a module. Please contact RCRLearning@rcr.ac.uk to discuss further. Volunteers would be required to find a local clinical oncology consultant willing to support and advise them in developing the module, as well as a local radiologist. Detailed guidance on what the module should contain, what level it should be pitched at etc will be provided, along with a template presentation.

Feedback

We would like to hear how useful you find this resource and whether you have any ideas on how it could be further developed. Please send your thoughts to RCRLearning@rcr.ac.uk