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Dietzel, C. T.; Jablonska, K.; Niyazi, M.; Gauer, T.; Ebert, N.; Ostheimer, C.; Krug, D. (2018): Quality of training in radiation oncology in Germany: where do we stand? Results from a 2016/2017 survey performed by the working group "young DEGRO" of the German society of radiation oncology (DEGRO). In: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie, Vol. 194, No. 4: pp. 293-302
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To evaluate the current situation of young radiation oncologists in Germany with regard to the contents and quality of training and level of knowledge, as well as their working conditions and professional satisfaction. From June 2016 to February 2017, a survey was conducted by the young DEGRO (yDEGRO) using an online platform. The questionnaire consisted of 28 items examining a broad range of aspects influencing residency. There were 96 completed questionnaires 83% of participants stated to be very or mostly pleased with their residency training. Moderate working hours and a good colleagueship contribute to a comfortable working environment. Level of knowledge regarding the most common tumor sites (i.e. palliative indications, lung, head and neck, brain, breast, prostate) was pleasing. Radiochemotherapy embodies a cornerstone in training. Modern techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and stereotactic procedures are now in widespread use. Education for rare indications and center-based procedures offers room for improvement. Radiation oncology remains an attractive and versatile specialty with favorable working conditions. Continuing surveys in future years will be a valuable measuring tool to set further priorities in order to preserve and improve quality of training.