Many Amethyst centres have educational agreements with institutions and offer residency as well as apprenticeship opportunities for junior doctors and physicists. Below are just a few examples of what we do.
Radiotherapy Centre Amethyst in Krakow systematically cooperates with universities to provide training and education for new specialists and scientists. During May and June 2019, the centre had 17 students studying electro-radiology from the Jagiellonian University – Collegium Medicum. They worked in five groups of several people. Their program covered 15 hours of apprenticeship.
“Our rule for apprentices is to work in small groups, because only then can we achieve satisfactory educational results. We want to show students real clinical work, the patient flow process and allow them to get familiar with the equipment. All this must be done under the supervision of an experienced employee. This approach allows students to understand the concept of radiotherapy, and not only learn about the layout of the accelerator keycaps, which can change any time before they start their real work in the profession” says Krzysztof Czaja, physicist at Amethyst Radiotherapy Centre in Krakow Amethyst Radiotherapy Centre in Krakow enjoys a long-standing cooperation with the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.
In 2019, three students from AGH will participate in 4-weeks training at the centre, with 3 other students joining for 120-hours internships.
Radiotherapy Centre Amethyst in Cluj is a centre for resident practice in different specialties: oncology, radiotherapy and clinical pharmacy.
In 2019, 7 residents are part of the team, learning practical aspects of their future jobs with an average of 9 months practice in our facility.
The Physics department has 3 Physics students in practice, with a total amount of 168 hours of practice.
A protocol of collaboration was signed between Amethyst Cluj and Babes-Bolyai University – faculty of Physics.
The Cluj centre also have contracts to receive SEP and Erasmus Pharmacy students during summer holidays, where they can learn the functioning of an oncological pharmacy.
Two Portuguese Pharmacy students finished their practice in March 2020.
Continuing Professional Development
In many countries, Amethyst offers continuing education programmes to physicians, such as post-graduate courses (EPU in France), or specialised symposiums and conferences.
For instance, in Romania, Cluj-Napoca clinic has been regularly organising a Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium since 2016.
Cluj-Napoca is one of the most important centres for head and neck cancer due to well-known surgical departments performing the majority of diagnostic biopsies and major surgeries such as laryngectomies, mandibular resections with bone reconstructions and neck dissections in western Romania.
The Amethyst clinic in Cluj-Napoca was the first centre to perform IMRT for head and neck cancers in the region becoming quickly an important member in the management network of this type of cancers.
In partnership with the surgical departments Dr. Renata Zahu organized the first Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium (www.headandneckcancermeeting.com) in 2016.
This was a greatsuccess with more than 120 participants.
In the following years two more editions followed with 200 participants specialized in head and neck cancer care: surgeons, oncologists, radiotherapists, pathologists.
Our clinic participated not just as a sponsor and organizer but also with several speakers from our radiotherapy and medical oncology department.
With a joint effort of our team and with more than 250 Head and neck cases treated each year, the Amethyst Cluj Clinic is recognized as one of the most important centres with high expertise in the field.