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Train, then Wait or Leave? Insights from the Canadian Radiation Oncology Workforce

February 14, 2016

For our February #radonc journal club we will discuss workforce issues in radiation oncology. ASTRO’s annual meeting had a robust discussion about the U.S. expansion of residency positions and lack of controls for growth. The experience with the Canadian radiation oncology workforce offers interesting insights that may have implications in other countries.


Our article is:

Delayed Workforce Entry and High Emigration Rates for Recent Canadian Radiation Oncology Graduates. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2015;93:251-256


The article is temporarily free for journal club thanks to Katherine Bennett and the Red Journal.


The lead author, Dr. Shaun Loewen, will join us to discuss at the live journal club Sunday February 21st at 8-9 PM Central Standard Time. We will focus on the following topics:


T1.  How does Canada determine the number of trainees needed for radiation oncology?  

T2.  What was the objective of this study, and what methods were used?

T3.  What did the results of your survey show?

T4a. What are the implications for the Canadian job market so trainees have positions? 

T4b. To what degree can the issue be addressed by regulation, and by whom?


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Any suggestions? Leave a comment or tweet us at @Rad_Nation. And please join us next weekend!

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