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International Journal of Telemedicine and ApplicationsVolume 2011 2011, Article ID 230670, 5 pages

Research Article

Departments of Radiotherapy, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow 226014, India

Departments of Radiotherapy, Chattrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow 226003, India

Endocrine Surgery, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow 226014, India

Received 5 September 2010; Accepted 10 February 2011

Academic Editor: Malcolm Clarke

Copyright © 2011 Sushma Agrawal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Purpose. The estimated new cancer patient load in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is 0.1–0.12 million per year. Approximately two thirds of these require treatment by a radiation oncologist. Radiation oncologists: cancer patient ratio in this state is 1 : 2000 as compared to the recommended 1 : 250. This problem is compounded by the poor infrastructure of radiation oncology departments in the state which is suboptimal for teaching, training of resident doctors, and treatment in most barring a few departments. To bridge some gap in the sociodemographics stated above and enhancement of training of residents, we submitted a project for establishment of a telemedicine facility in our department to the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. We present the design, implementation, and a two-year audit of our tele-education activities. Materials and Methods. After the sanction of the project, we established telemedicine linkage with another medical institute in the city located 25 kms away in 2007. After implementation of the project, academic sessions designed for trainee residents in our department were shared with the remote end. A record of these activities and a feedback of the activities were audited at the end of 2 years of implementation of this project. Results. Regular videoconferencing sessions comprising of lectures on clinical oncology, medical physics, and radiobiology were held. Feedback from the users revealed satisfaction with the content of the academic sessions for the purpose of MD training. Conclusions. Distance education in radiation oncology is an important tool for training of the trainee residents.





Author: Sushma Agrawal, Anil Kumar Maurya, Kirti Shrivastava, Shaleen Kumar, M. C. Pant, and Saroj Kant Mishra

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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