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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 165-166

Interview of Dr. P. Vijay Anand Reddy in conversation with Dr. Sapna Gupta

Dutta Cancer Care, Center, Sigra, Varanasi, India

Date of Web Publication10-Apr-2013

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Sapna Gupta (Dutta)
Dutta Cancer Care, Center, Sigra, Varanasi
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1. What are your views about the existing standards of education in Radiation Oncology?

As you know the present standards of education in our Country is not standardized. There is lot of variations in standard of education across the Country. Mainly because of poor infrastructure in the peripheral hospitals and Govt. Institutions. The students and teachers in these institutions are not exposed to the new treatment modalities, techniques, medications, surgeries etc.

All though, Radiotherapy forms part of the multimodality in almost 2/3 rd of all treatment protocols it is not being given the its due importance nor it is not taken seriously by our Medical faculty including our co-specialities - Medical and Surgical Oncology!

The reasons being:

  1. RT was mainly used as Palliation in the past!
  2. Because of the morbidity associated with previous techniques and technology.
  3. Also, patients being dealt predominantly by surgeons!
How I intend to improve:

  1. To formulate teaching syllabi for a uniform level of training (in the field of Radiation Oncology in the country with a level of excellence comparable to t the best in the world.
  2. To co-ordinate with the Medical Council of India, various Universities and teaching medical institutions in the country for establishing and ensuring an independent status of the discipline of Radiation Oncology in each teaching medical institution and for adhering to the policies, guidelines, syllabi specially formulated for attaining the uniformly high level of professional training in Radiation Oncology.
  3. To co-ordinate with the Medical Council of India, various Universities and teaching medical institutions in the country for including the subject of Oncology and Radiation Oncology in adequate details in the undergraduate medical curriculum's.
2. What I intend to do

  • ICRO membership drive to increase the dynamics of ICRO
  • Reduce the Membership Criteria from Post MD 10 yrs standing to 5 yrs / 7 yrs. (Done!)
  • ICRO Fellowship Awards - to reduce from 15 yrs to 10 yrs. (Done!)
  • Quality Teachers!
It is very important to have quality teachers in academic events to impart the knowledge to the audience. ICRO should take up the responsibility to identify the quality Speakers - based on several criteria including the feedback for the audience. Identify and designate as ICRO - Teachers.
  • National Teaching Fellowships - involving all the major Oncology Teaching Centres - peripheral to Central. Fellowships to be awarded to students from peripheral centres to be trained in good centres in major cities.
  • International Education Committee - To initiate ICRO International Education Committee and co-ordinate with major International Organizations like ASTRO, ESTRO and have,
    1. Teaching Courses in India
    2. Fellowship training abroad
    3. International Meeting updates - ASTRO / ESTRO in India.
    4. Indian / Asian Radiation Oncology Seminars at the ASTRO/ESTRO Annual meeting every year to share our data with Asian community.

  • Initiative ICRO - Clinical Research Wing - Design Committee Protocols and Clinical trials to raise the standard of patient care in India and poor our own data.
  • To initiate the process with MCI to introduce sub specialization in Radiation Oncology at least - two areas - Head and Neck and Gyn. Radiation Oncology. (D.M. Radiation Oncology).
  • To re-design the MD/DNB Radiation Oncology Syllabus and recommend to the MCI / National Board. Also to post it on the web to help the universities to update their syllabus.

Should be there!

The dynamics of Oncology management in changing rapidly over the past few decades and is expected to change in the future too in fast pace.

We need to have an organization which focuses on updates and pass it to the teaching institutions and students.

It should co-ordinate and helps the Govt. Organizations in updating the MD/DNB Syllabus and raising the standards of the education.

4. Granting Fellowships to proven achievements

Yes of course, it is imperative to encourage and recognize the achievers in our speciality. However, it is important to form an ICRO Fellowship Committee to scrutinize the achievements of the achievers!

5. Internet

Of course, Internet is easier, cheaper and faster way to communicate and interact with ICRO members.

The members can share their views, participate and contribute to ICRO by Internet.

6. Promote JCRT through ICRO?

It is highly commendable to see the pace with which JCRT has grown over the past decade. All the kudos to the team led by Dr. Nagraj Huilgol. ICRO would work closely with JCRT team to co-ordinate and promote Research in Radiation Oncology and encourage to contribute our own quality data to JCRT.

Too many ideas too short a time!

I think, we need to form Committees with like minded, dedicated members who can take these ideas forward on a long term basis in co-ordination with existing National bodies ICRO and AROI.

Sincerely, thank you for giving me this opportunity to express my views on ICRO and my ultimate goal is to improve the patient care in our Country.



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