The 3D Radiation Therapy clinical training program focuses on the needs of oncologists, medical physicists, and radiation technologists from low and middle-income countries. It is jointly run between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and is hosted by the Groote Schuur Western Cape Government Hospital (GSH) in Cape Town, South Africa. The program, typically held for 3 weeks, is intended to help clinicians in need of additional training so that they may implement life-saving techniques in their home clinics. The experts at GSH have years of experience and insight into the needs of both clinicians and patients from across sub-Saharan Africa.
Program attendees include 3 participants from each hospital site, ideally a Clinical Oncologist, a Physicist, and a Radiation Therapist (technologist). With the implementation of advanced cancer treatment techniques, working together as a team is essential as the roles of each professional typically overlap. Attendees come from across the continent to participate, and recent participants hailed from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, as well as South Africa. After the students leave the program, their success is monitored with a ten-week remote mentorship program led by the teams from CPT and CUPT.