Over the last 2 years, we have had several publications detailing the mission of the 300 in 10 initiative. Prior to COVID, we were well on our way to training these teams from the ABS prostate workshops where we trained 130 teams in prostate HDR and LDR brachytherapy. From these workshops, about 80% of these teams implemented prostate brachytherapy practices within 6 months of the school. Training competent gynecologic brachytherapists is an equally high priority, as well as for other disease sites. While developing brachytherapy educational curriculum is important and will continue, the 2-month senior electives we have arranged at 22 institutions is one of the most important pillars of 300 in 10. We are looking for additional institutions to consider hosting a senior-level resident. Please contact us if you are interested. Due to Covid, the implementation has had ongoing delays. Each of the 22 training sites will detail their program description and will include GYN or prostate (LDR and HDR), with some sites offering a combination. PGY4 and 5 residents are eligible to apply and will rank their top 3 programs. The program description and resident complications will be posted on the ABS website this fall. A committee will make the final selection with a member of the committee from the hosting institution. Dr. Hang Zhang at the University of Rochester School of Medicine will be the first HDR prostate training site as their institution can now host a senior-level resident.
ABS has several ongoing virtual opportunities including virtual reality training videos, webinars, virtual outreach events (VOE), NexGenBrachytherapy, and a recent partnership with Grand Rounds in Urology to educate brachytherapists, other medical specialists, and the general public on the value of our specialty. Thank you for your patience and for your support of 300 in 10 and other critical ABS strategic initiatives. Our goal is to help you deliver the highest quality brachytherapy for your patients.
Ann Klopp, MD, PhD
Daniel G Petereit, MD, FASTRO
ABS Past Chairman of the Board