Varian to develop radiotherapy training program in India

Radiation therapy firm Varian Medical Systems has partnered with a hospital group in India to develop an educational program to help train radiation technologists in the country.

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an educational partnership with Apollo Hospitals Group, the largest hospital chain in India.

Varian intends to deploy its Access to Care program by using the existing Apollo Knowledge network that comprises several educational entities in healthcare in India. Access to Care is an educational program that seeks to bridge the gap between the growing need for modern radiotherapy treatment machines in developing countries and the lack of trained personnel to operate them, according to the company.

The program aims to provide skilled training for radiation therapists and medical physicists. Students will be trained using Web-based content from international universities and advanced simulation tools that reproduce a complete radiotherapy center clinical workflow, Varian said. Training will emphasize the acquisition of skills to enhance the employability of the student and also the quality and safety of radiotherapy treatments.

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