ASTRO Virtual 2022 Refresher Course


Program Content/Format

This course is designed to provide clinicians in practice and trainees with a comprehensive review and update of the clinical practice parameters across most sub-disciplines of radiation oncology, including sarcomas, pediatrics and the role of radiotherapy in the multidisciplinary management of cancer patients. The course will review key evidence that forms the basis for current clinical practice guidelines and trends in new approaches. In addition, the course will cover implementation of hypofractionation in key disease sites as well as treatment of oligometastases and use of SBRT to improve outcomes for patients with metastatic disease.

Statement of Need

It is challenging for busy clinicians to stay current with the latest updates in the disease sites they treat. Information is disseminated rapidly in journal articles, webinars, podcast and social media. Summarizing this information in a reasonable and memorable format is a great service to the specialty. The effective and safe practice of Radiation Oncology requires a mastery of rapidly evolving technology and ever-changing treatment paradigms. Staying current with these changes and mastering new approaches such as hypofractionation and SBRT is essential for patient safety and improved survival and is a need that the ASTRO Refresher courses can fill.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe and implement the latest radiation therapy treatment recommendations for clinical scenarios commonly encountered in clinical practice.
  2. Safely utilize the latest radiation technologies to improve patient care.
  3. Incorporate hypofractionation into appropriate disease sites
  4. Appropriately incorporate the treatment of oligometastases into clinical practice.

Elements of Competence

This educational forum has been designed to narrow the competency gap of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, patient-centered care, evidence-based practice, professional standing and commitment to lifelong learning, seven of the 19 core competencies embraced by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Target Audience

The meeting is designed to meet the interests of practicing radiation oncologists, radiation oncology residents, medical and clinical physicists, nurses and all other health professionals involved in the field of radiation oncology.