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6/2022
vol. 14
 
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Resident training in brachytherapy in France: A 10-year update after the first survey of SFJRO members

Manon Kissel
1
,
Luc Ollivier
2
,
Ingrid Fumagalli
3, 4
,
Pascal Pommier
5
,
Cyrus Chargari
6
,
Pierre Blanchard
6
,
Didier Peiffert
7
,
Jean-Michel Hannoun-Levi
8

1.
Radiotherapy Department, Institut Curie, Paris, France
2.
Radiotherapy Department, CHRU Morvan de Brest, Brest, France
3.
Radiotherapy Department, Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris, France
4.
Radiotherapy Department, Hôpital Privé des Peupliers, Ramsay Santé, Paris, France
5.
Radiotherapy Department, Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon Cedex, France
6.
Radiotherapy Department, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France
7.
Radiotherapy Department, Institut de Cancérologie de Lorraine, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France
8.
Radiotherapy Department, Centre Antoine Lacassagne, Université Côte d’Azur, Nice, France
J Contemp Brachytherapy 2022; 14, 6: 501–511
Online publish date: 2022/12/30
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Purpose
A previous survey conducted in 2012 showed that 82% of radiation oncology residents felt they were not receiving optimal brachytherapy training. With almost 10 years of hindsight, the aim was to update these results.

Material and methods
An anonymized questionnaire based on the 2012 survey was submitted to the 161 French residents enrolled in the 2021 French Society of Young Radiation Oncologists (Société Française des Jeunes Radiothérapeutes Oncologues – SFJRO) national brachytherapy courses.

Results
With a participation rate of 73%, 86% of the residents were interested in brachytherapy, but 80% consider their training in brachytherapy insufficient. 88% and 69% of the residents stated that they knew gynecological and prostate brachytherapy indications correctly, respectively. The residents have achieved proficiency in the technique of brachytherapy of vaginal vault in 36% (compared with 21% in 2012), utero-vaginal in 13% (12% in 2012), including 4% with interstitial implants, and prostate in only 4% (4% in 2012). In their brachytherapy internships, 18% of the residents declared having no role or an observational role. The main obstacles to training were the need to go to several centers to see several indications (85%), lack of brachytherapy activity in the center (72%), and the difficulty of freeing themselves from hospital duties (71%).

Conclusions
With results globally stable compared with 2012, brachytherapy training needs improvement. In the absence of a mandatory internship in a reference center or dedicated fellowships, residents must have protected access to training sites by favoring inter-hospital exchanges.

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teaching, education, brachytherapy, internship and residency, program evaluation, survey

 
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