Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 383–390 | Cite as

Evaluation of the Theoretical Teaching of Postgraduate Radiation Oncology Medical Residents in France: a Cross-Sectional Study

  • Jean-Christophe Faivre
  • Jean-Emmanuel Bibault
  • Thomas Leroy
  • Mikaël Agopiantz
  • Julia Salleron
  • Maxime Wack
  • Guillaume Janoray
  • Henri Roché
  • Stéphane Culine
  • Sofia Rivera


This study’s purpose was to have residents evaluate Radiation Oncology (RO) theoretical teaching practices in France. An anonymous electronically cross-functional survey on theoretical teaching practices in the RO residents was conducted by (i) collecting data from residents in the medical faculties in France, (ii) comparing the data across practices when possible and (iii) suggesting means of improvement. A total of 103 out of 140 RO residents responded to the survey (73.5% response rate). National, inter-university, university and internships courses do not exist in 0% (0), 16.5% (17), 53.4% (55) and 40.8% (42) of residents, respectively. Residents need additional training due to the shortage of specialised postgraduate degree training (49.5% (51)), CV enhancement to obtain a post-internship position (49.5% (51)) or as part of a career plan (47.6% (49)). The topics covered in teaching to be improved were the following: basic concept 61.2% (63), advanced concept 61.2 (63) and discussion of frequent clinical cases 50.5% (52). The topics not covered in teaching to be improved were the following: the development of career (66.0% (68)), medical English (56.3% (58)), the organisation of RO speciality (49.5% (51)) and the hospital management of RO department (38.8% (40)). This is the first national assessment of theoretical teaching of RO residents in France.


Quality assurance Teaching Medical education Intership and residency Radiation oncology 



The authors thank all the RO residents who responded to the survey. The French National Joint Union of Residents funded this practice survey.

Author’s Contributions

The article was co-authored by JC. Faivre, J.E. Bibault, T. Leroy, M. Agopiantz, J. Salleron, M. Wack, G. Janoray, H. Roché, S. Culine and S. Rivera. All those named authors have made a sufficient contribution to the work.

- J.C. Faivre, J.E. Bibault, J. Salleron and M. Wack designed the study, performed the statistical analysis and wrote the manuscript.

- T. Leroy, M. Agopiantz and G. Janoray reviewed the manuscript.

- H. Roché, S. Culine and S. Rivera provided mentorship and reviewed the manuscript.

All named authors have read the manuscript and have agreed to submit the paper to RO in its present form.

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Competing Interests

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Christophe Faivre
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jean-Emmanuel Bibault
    • 2
    • 4
  • Thomas Leroy
    • 2
    • 5
  • Mikaël Agopiantz
    • 1
    • 6
  • Julia Salleron
    • 7
  • Maxime Wack
    • 8
  • Guillaume Janoray
    • 2
    • 9
  • Henri Roché
    • 10
  • Stéphane Culine
    • 11
    • 12
  • Sofia Rivera
    • 13
    • 14
  1. 1.French National Joint Union of Residents (ISNI)ParisFrance
  2. 2.French Society of Young Radiation Oncologists (SFjRO)ParisFrance
  3. 3.Institut de Cancérologie de Lorraine, Département Universitaire de RadiothérapieVandoeuvre-lès-nancy cedexFrance
  4. 4.Georges Pompidou European HospitalAssistance Publique-Hôpitaux de ParisParisFrance
  5. 5.Academic Radiation Oncology DepartmentOscar Lambret Comprehensive Cancer CenterLilleFrance
  6. 6.Department of Endocrinology and Medical GynaecologyNancy University HospitalVandœuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  7. 7.Biostatistics DepartmentLorraine Institute of Cancerology - Alexis-Vautrin Comprehensive Cancer CenterVandœuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  8. 8.Department of BiostatisticsNancy University HospitalVandœuvre-lès-NancyFrance
  9. 9.S. Kaplan Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology DepartmentUniversity Hospital of ToursToursFrance
  10. 10.Institut Claudius RegaudInstitut Universitaire du Cancer OncopoleToulouseFrance
  11. 11.Medical Oncology DepartmentUniversity Hospital of Paris (Saint-Louis Hospital)ParisFrance
  12. 12.French National College of Teachers of Cancer (CNEC)ParisFrance
  13. 13.Department of Radiation OncologyGustave RoussyVillejuifFrance
  14. 14.European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO) Education CommitteeBrusselsBelgium

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