Radiation Oncology

Community Building in Radiation Oncology: What Do We Need?

We didn’t have our monthly #radonc journal club as planned this month. So it seemed like a good opportunity for feedback.


What can we do better to bring the global radiation oncology community together?


I want to know what we can do to make the journal club work better. We changed the format. We couldn’t continue doing a 63-hour discussion with quality moderation every month. I know we can do better. With your feedback, we may be able to find a way to offer CME/CPD credits.


Journal clubs aren’t the only way to bring us together. So I want to hear what you think will be the best ways to improve cancer care and highlight how radiation medicine fits into that process.


Recently, I gave a talk at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I believe we can find new ways to collaborate, educate and motivate the global cancer community to help others, and ourselves. That is why I started Radiation Nation: one purpose, many voices.


The best ideas may come from any of us. What do you think we can do to improve cancer care? What ways can we work together to make it happen? Please share your ideas on how to improve the journal club, and what we can do next.


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  • Fast tracking recruitment to clinical trials through disruptive channels. Break down barriers between international divides so that PIs can aggregate patients to trials outside of normal cooperative group or geographic divides

    • Thank you for your suggestion. There may be great ways to improve clinical trial accrual using digital communications and global collaboration. Radiation oncology and our fellow professionals (therapists, physicists, nurses, dosimetrists, etc.) are small in size compared to oncology. But as smaller also means easier to make tighter connections globally with a broader impact when we work together.

  • One of the strengths for social media is asynchronous learning. Defined 1-hour slots reintroduces the challenges of busy schedules and time zones. How about defined hashtags with extended durations? (e.g. #radonc.jc1, jc2, etc)

  • Thanks Matt
    My only issue with the journal club is the timing of discussion with the author of the monthly paper. I am aware that there will be no immediate fixing, but at least trying to find time which suits the majority.

    I think we can now move from (chat and discussion) to collaboration. I think, we need to spread the message across to many Radiation oncologists who are online and not fully aware of the “exciting of Radiation Nation”

    Finally, thank you to you personally and to all hard working colleagues whokept the ship sailing.

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