PGD in Radiotherapy

Department of Health and Life Sciences
Post Graduate Diploma in Radiotherapy Technology (PGDRT)
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Radiotherapy is one of the treatment modality in management of cancers of various part of body. This treatment is given through various types of radiation sources. The radiation source is pre-loaded or the radiation is generated as photon and electron beams. These machines need highly skilled operators, and therefore extensive knowledge of their working with good background of Physics. Radiation therapy technologists (RTTs) play an important role in the professional health care team, working closely with radiation oncologists and medical physicists in the delivery of optimal treatments, primarily to cancer patients. The RTT’s operate radiation equipment to deliver high energy ionizing radiation treatments. In addition to delivering treatment to patients, they demonstrate care and empathy to guide the patients through the treatment process. They are the crucial link between the clinical and the physical sciences in radiotherapy, being responsible for a critical step in radiotherapy process that is delivery of radiation to the cancer patients. Therefore, interacting with clinicians (radiation oncologists), physical scientists (medical physicists) and the patients is an important part of their profession. Apart from handling the radiotherapy equipment, patient immobilization and set-up; the other important responsibilities of the RTTs include patient monitoring for radiation related (or other visible) effects when the patients report for treatment planning (or simulation or radiotherapy sessions). The RTTs complete the final step in safe and precise treatment delivery to the patients. To discharge these important responsibilities, the RTTs should be equipped with the necessary education and skills during their education and training. The scope for practice of the RTTs is increasing with advancement of technology and increasing patient load.

Program Objective

      The programme structure is designed to train students to work in conjunction with radiation oncology team including radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other members, in the application of prescribed doses of ionizing radiation for the treatment of malignant or benign disease. The course work includes physics, anatomy and physiology, dosimetry, clinical oncology, radiation safety, research methodology, patient and data management, and teaching methodologies. The student will be skilled in management of patients, administration of prescribed radiation treatment, provision of patient support, and imparting education to students and young professionals in the field.
    At the completion of this course, the student should be:

  • Able to execute all routine radio therapeutic procedures as per prescription of Radiation Oncologist.
  • Able to assist the radiation oncologist and medical physicist in treatment of cancer patients, radiotherapy planning & procedures, and implementation of new equipment/technology.
  • Able to provide adequate knowledge about the safe handling of medical radiation sources, keeping in mind the radiation protection of staff, patients and public.
  • Able to transfer knowledge and skills to students as well as younger professionals.
  • Able to actively participate and also independently work in research in the field of radiotherapy delivery/clinical research/trials and related areas.
EligibilityUnique FeaturesTeachingJob Prospects
      A candidate having passed the Higher Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination recognized by any Indian University or a duly constituted Board with pass marks (50%) in Science Subjects.
      And
    Having passed B.Sc. with minimum aggregation of 50% having studied Physics either as a major or minor subjects during B.Sc.
(The admission will be granted only on submission of final mark sheet and satisfying the requirements at the time of admission)
The Department of Health and Life Sciences, TeamLease Skills University is offering a 2 year Post Graduated Diploma Programme in Radiotherapy Technology to provide the knowledge and skills to work in the dynamic and highly-specialized field of radiotherapy and oncology. This course will be offered in collaboration with Kailash Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Muni Seva Ashram, Goraj, to ensure the candidate is equipped with holistic and dynamic skills required by a job-ready Radiotherapy Technologist on completion of this programme.

The coursework is designed to train students to work in conjunction with radiation oncology team including radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other members, in the application of prescribed doses of ionizing radiation for the treatment of malignant or benign disease.

Course work includes physics, anatomy and physiology, dosimetry, clinical oncology, radiation safety, research methodology, patient and data management, and teaching methodologies. The student will be skilled in management of patients, administration of prescribed radiation treatment, provision of patient support, and imparting education to students and young professionals in the field.

  • Continuous Assessments
  • Seminars and presentation
  • Class tests
  • Preparatory theory and Practical examination
  • End term theory and Practical examination
  • Seminar: To equip the students with the necessary basic skills of communications as well as to develop their ability to express the subject knowledge, which they have acquired during the tenure of first year of the programme.
  • Project: To expose the students to various methods and techniques of radiotherapy technology
  • Constant updating knowledge of teaching and learning material makes it industry and intellectually relevant
  • Enables Student to develop their Soft Skills
    On completion of the programme, employment opportunities can be found in hospitals in both private and public sectors as well as in independent cancer treating centers after registering with the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) or with other regulatory/standardizing body instituted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Department Mentors
Dr. Avani Umatt,
B.Sc. (Chemistry), M.Sc. (Applied Chemistry), Ph.D. (Chemistry)
Assistant Professor & HOD, Department of Health & Life Sciences

Dr. Avani Umatt has a total of 16 years of experience including 12 years of experience in teaching; 16 years of research experience, 1.5 years of industrial and other academic experience. She has published 1 book, 9 research papers in Journals and Conference Proceedings, presented 5 research papers presented at National Conferences and guided 16 M.Sc. Projects. Her specialization is in the field of polymers and field of research includes developing and application of conductive polymers/ composites as well as modifying clay for stabilization of expansive soils with and without bio enzymes.