Exploring implementation of the ESTRO Core Curriculum at the national level

Meredith Giuliani*, Maria Athina (Tina) Martimianakis, Kim Benstead, Jesper Grau Eriksen, Christine Verfaillie, Viviane Van Egten, Ben Umakanthan, Erik Driessen, Janneke Frambach

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Background and purpose: Global curricula exist across medical specialties however, the factors which influence their implementation are not well understood. The purpose of this study is to report the perceived factors that impact the implementation of the ESTRO Core Curriculum.

Methods: An anonymous, 37-item, survey was designed and distributed to the Presidents of the National Societies who have endorsed the ESTRO Core Curriculum (n = 29). The survey addressed perceptions about implementation factors related to context, process and curriculum change. The data was summarized using descriptive statistics.

Results: Twenty-six (90%) National Societies completed the survey. One respondent perceived that the values of the training system of their country would be incompatible with the proposed ESTRO Core Curriculum. The most common contextual barriers to implementation was a lack of support from the government (57%), a lack of internal organizational support (35%) and a 'poor fit' between the ESTRO Core Curriculum and the broader political and economic context (35%). Perceived implementation process barriers included insufficient numbers of faculty (44%), poor coordination between the government and training institutions (48%), and a lack of an influential person leading the implementation (44%). Two barriers related to curriculum change were a lack of funding and lack of assessment tools.

Conclusions: The content and values espoused in the ESTRO Core Curriculum are endorsed across diverse geopolitical and sociocultural regions. Barriers to curricular implementation are identified at the organizational and systems level and include insufficient teaching faculty, lack of coordination and the need for influential leadership. (c) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Radiotherapy and Oncology 147 (2020) 118-122

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-122
Number of pages5
JournalRadiotherapy and Oncology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • ESTRO Core Curriculum
  • Curriculum implementation
  • Globalization
  • Medical education


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