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Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2020 Jan 1;106(1):37-42. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2019.06.2466. Epub 2019 Jun 21.

Temporal Trends of Resident Experience in External Beam Radiation Therapy Cases: Analysis of ACGME Case Logs from 2007 to 2018.

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1
Department of Radiation Oncology, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California.
2
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvia.
3
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
4
Department of Radiation Oncology, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, California. Electronic address: sglaser@coh.org.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We sought to characterize temporal trends of radiation oncology resident-reported external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) case experience with respect to various disease sites, including trends in stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy cases.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

Summarized, deidentified case logs for graduating radiation oncology residents between 2007 and 2018 were obtained from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education national summary data report. Mean number of cumulative cases and standard deviations per graduating resident by year were evaluated. Cases were subdivided into 12 disease-site categories using the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education classification. Analysis of variance was used to determine significant differences, and strength of association was evaluated using Pearson correlation.

RESULTS:

The number of graduating residents per year increased by 66% from 114 in 2007 to 189 in 2018 (P < .001, r = 0.88). The overall mean number of EBRT cases per graduating resident decreased by 13.2% from 521.9 in 2007 to 478.5 in 2018, with a decrease in the ratio of nonmetastatic to metastatic cases per graduating resident. There was significant variation among the disease categories analyzed; however, the largest proportionate decreases were seen in hematologic, lung, and genitourinary malignancies. Stereotactic radiosurgery volume per graduating resident increased from an average of 27.9 cases in 2007 to 50.3 in 2018 (P < .001, r = 0.96). Stereotactic body radiation therapy volume per graduating resident increased as well, from a mean of 6 cases in 2007 to 55.6 cases in 2018 (P < .001, r = 0.99).

CONCLUSIONS:

We report a longitudinal summary of resident-reported experience in EBRT cases. These findings have implications for future efforts to optimize residency training programs and requirements.

PMID:
31229573
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijrobp.2019.06.2466
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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