The Proton Beam Therapy Fellowship Program (PBTF) is designed for physicians to achieve additional clinical training and to gather research experiences in the field of Proton Beam Therapy/Particle Therapy. The program offers a unique opportunity to enhance clinical knowledge at one of the largest Centres providing Proton Beam Therapy in an academic setting. The Clinic for Particle Therapy/West German Proton Therapy Centre Essen is part of one of the oldest and largest Comprehensive Cancer Centres in Germany. In order to gain a full insight into the field of proton therapy, physicians are supposed to stay at Clinic for Particle Therapy/WPE for approx. 12 months in order to ensure comprehensive training.
The PBTF is designed to develop professional competence in the overall care of patients undergoing PBT and to enhance technical skills. Fellows are directly involved in the evaluation, workup and treatment of the cancer patients. This includes preparing patient triaging, treatment prescriptions, target and organ at risk contouring, reviewing treatment dose plans for PBT; getting acquainted with the most relevant pathological, radiological and clinical features with regard to patients being selected for proton beam therapy; getting into discussions with other involved disciplines like physicists or RTTs; taking part in interdisciplinary MDT discussions at the West German Comprehensive Cancer Centre; and presenting patients and treatment approaches to staff physicians.
The following training contents are achieved:
Use of various Hard and Software systems like Mosaiq, Raystation (RaySearch), XIO, PACS (Centricity and Chilli-Pacs), TumorLoc)
The following special tasks are covered:
All fellows are expected to complete at least one research project. Our study office will be available to provide support. It will be the responsibility of the fellow to identify a research question together with the WPE team, to develop a project plan and timeline, and finally to publish a paper together with WPE/Clinic for Particle Therapy.
Presentation of own work and present project is expected within the internal educational seminars but also at international conferences.
Participation in a PhD-seminar is possible.
It is also possible to participate in the preparation or evaluation of clinical studies.
Prerequisite for the participation in the Fellowship program is a) the completion of a medical degree and b) experiences in radiation oncology in order to have some basic knowledge. In addition, a residence permit/Visa in Germany.
For any direct patient contact, activities will be supervised and accompanied by a doctor licensed in Germany (German “Approbation”).
There is no remuneration for participation in the programme. Participants must make their own living. The WPE provides non-financial support in applying for documents and in finding accommodation in Essen.
If you are interested in applying, contact the program manager Dr. Stefanie Schulze Schleithoff via E-Mail.