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2 Month Fellowship

2 Month Fellowship

The American Brachytherapy Society, a nonprofit organization, has initiated the 300 in 10 program with the goal of training 30 competent brachytherapists per year over the next 10 years through a multifaceted approach.  As part of the 6 phases for establishing brachytherapy competency, we have identified several institutions who will be offering 2-month “fellowships” at designated ABS certified centers for senior level residents.  The goal is to provide hands-on clinical experience for senior level residents since low procedural volume has been identified as the major barrier to implementing a brachytherapy practice.  These 2 months rotations will be offered for prostate and gynecologic cancer using either LDR and/or HDR brachytherapy. Emphasis will be placed on patient selection, procedural skills, treatment planning as the dosimetry and physics of brachytherapy is essential, progressive thinking and methods to successfully implement a brachytherapy practice.  If possible, senior level residents are encouraged to bring their physicist for 1 to 2 weeks.

Eligible applicants will include PGY4 and PGY5 residents. An ABS review committee will select the candidate.  Emphasis will be placed on those candidates who can demonstrate a high likelihood of implementing a brachytherapy program.  Due to the current COVID 19 crisis, these fellowships will start in the fall of 2020 or early 2021 - pending the status of the current pandemic. However, senior level residents are encouraged to start planning for this opportunity during the 2020-2021 academic year.

FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

  • This two month fellowship is designed to instruct physicians in the techniques of prostate and gynecologic brachytherapy.  Participants will receive instruction and hands-on training to establish brachytherapy competency. Participants will be involved in approximately 10-15 cases per week.  Our intention is to match, then exceed, the participant’s experience level.
  • Training will include interactive lectures centered on current concepts of prostate and gynecologic brachytherapy. Patient consultations and case presentations will address the spectrum of patients suitable for this procedure.
  • Emphasis will be placed on progressive thinking. Participants are encouraged to share ideas and clinical cases from their own practice. Special breakout sessions will be available for treatment planning and for patient management.
  • Finally, there will be an opportunity and expectation to participate in ongoing research projects. Opportunities include data collection, literature reviews, and abstract/manuscript preparation that highlight the favorable outcomes of brachytherapy.

SCHEDULE

  • Approximately 7:00 am – 5:00 pm each day (will vary with each institution).
    • Monday:  Implants, consultations, follow-ups,research, physics
    • Tuesday: Implants, consultations, follow-ups, physics
    • Wednesday: Implants, consultations, follow-ups, physics
    • Thursday: Implants, consultations, follow-ups, research
    • Friday: Implants, consultations, follow-ups, physics

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Identify clinical appropriateness
  • Identify and utilize the latest techniques
  • Understand the roles of each team member in the planning and treatment process
  • Appreciate the workflow and materials involved in the treatment process
  • Detail the risk and management of post implant complications
  • Explain the concept and importance of radiation safety
  • Participate in research opportunities

TRAINING FACILITIES

Coming Soon, will be announced in the near future.

COMPENSATION

Resident salaries will be funded from their own institution.  ABS is working with industry to provide a stipend to offset the cost of transportation and lodging. 

Your application should include the following: 

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Supporting letter from your department chair or program director
  • Personal statement describing your brachytherapy experience and future goals, including your intention to develop a GYN and or prostate brachytherapy program
  • Preference will be given to applicants who plan on starting a GYN/prostate brachytherapy practice as this is the primary goal of the 300 in 10 strategy.
  • Member of the American Brachytherapy Society in good standing 

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Program was delayed. Stay tuned for more information.

Questions or concerns about fellowship details can be directed to:

Melissa Pomerene
Executive Director
American Brachytherapy Society