Utilization of a Web-Based Conferencing Platform to Improve Global Radiation Oncology Education and Quality—Proof of Principle Through Implementation in India

Tyler P. Robin, Surbhi Grover, Vijay Anand Reddy Palkonda, Christine M. Fisher, Brigitta Gehl, Kausik Bhattacharya, Indranil Mallick, Onita Bhattasali, Akila N. Viswanathan, Supriya Sastri (Chopra), Umesh Mahantshetty, Patricia H. Hardenbergh

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Abstract

Purpose: Chartrounds (www.chartrounds.com) was established in the United States in 2010 as a web-based platform for radiation oncologists to review cases with leading disease-site experts. However, the need for access to experts for peer review and education is not unique to the United States, and the Chartrounds platform was therefore adapted for improved global reach. Chartrounds was first expanded to India, and herein we report our initial experience with this initiative. Methods and Materials: The US Chartrounds platform was adapted to create Chartrounds India (ind.chartrounds.com). Through collaboration with the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India, India-based specialists were recruited, and the association's membership list was used to announce sessions to potential participants. Results: Between June 2017 and January 2018, 27 Chartrounds India sessions were completed, led by 21 different specialists (representing 10 centers in India) and covering 11 different disease sites/topics. A total of 240 members from 126 centers (private: 56%; teaching: 36%; public: 8%) across 24 states/territories participated in ≥1 session. Of the 240 members who participated in ≥1 session, 159 (66%) participated in ≥2 sessions and 60 (25%) participated in ≥5 sessions. The average number of participants per session was 34 (range, 13-72). On average, 80% of respondents rated the sessions as high or very high quality; 87% and 95% agreed or strongly agreed that the time was used effectively and that the sessions were relevant to daily practice, respectively. Seventy-six percent agreed or strongly agreed that the sessions will result in a change in their practice. The average feedback survey response rate was 32% (range, 17%-49%). Conclusions: Chartrounds has proven to be an effective resource for US-based radiation oncologists, and our initial experience with Chartrounds India suggests that an online platform for radiation oncology case review and education can be successfully implemented globally with use of local disease site experts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-280
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Volume103
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research

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