Our current projects focus on exceptional sites where interest is very strong for bilateral partnership. We benefit from the vision and energy that local practitioners share with us. As we develop these projects, we aim to organize a regional and intercontinental awareness to see how efforts can ultimately help other countries.
Education and Training
Rayos Contra Cancer is an official partner of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) based at University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Project ECHO addresses the concern of shortage of medical experts in rural and underserved communities using telecommunications technology. Through hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing networks, RCC's Project ECHO utilizes a model that connects experts around the world to clinics that have a shortage in specific medical education and training. These experts work to improve the quality of treatments in underserved communities.
We incorporate key, collaborative components, such as multi-institutional support, medical student involvement, and cloud-based technology into our telehealth initiative. We seek experts in oncology, medical physics fields, and radiation therapy to offer their insights to support Latin American cancer professionals in high-volume centers. To see an example, view samples from our SBRT/SRS Curriculum or our HDR Brachytherapy Curriculum.
By empowering professionals to utilize existing resources and technology to their fullest extent, we can help them treat more patients with higher quality care, improve patient outcomes in a regional distribution, decrease queues in the medical system, and plant the seeds for a generation of loco-regional healthcare leaders.
In conjunction with our ECHO development, Rayos Contra Cancer’s initiative RCC-Latin American Residents in Radiation Oncology (LARRO) aims to educate and improve the information that radiation oncology residents possess around the world. RCC-LARRO is a new group to fuel oncology partnership efforts in Latin America. It utilizes a network of leaders in radiation oncology to design and conduct a variety of initiatives, including residency curricula analysis, ChartRounds LATAM, and contouring workshops, to improve formation and development within Latin America.
Education is the doorway to engagement, and engagement is the foundation for collaboration.
ProKnow and Latin America Collaborative Study-1 (LACOS-1)
RCC believes that research is essential for both short term and long term improvement in settings of economic growth. Through our work, we seek to empower future leaders in careers with research. There are enormous potential and interest that we can help bring to light. Rayos Contra Cancer has partnered with ProKnow to bring forth the first Latin American Cooperative Study (LACOS-1). This initiative invites clinics across Latin America (including 14 centers from 9 countries) for new cloud-based collaboration, plan assessment, and comparative analysis to demonstrate real practices, and to help construct the most meaningful roadmap for improvement. Through this, and other innovative projects and collaborations, RCC hopes to be a vessel for expression, idea sharing, and cooperation to bring the strongest innovative and scalable studies to life.
RCC is also active in promoting investigations related to advancements in global health education, training, and national development. We especially encourage involvement of passionate faculty, residents, and medical students to get involved and gain experience in this fascinating field. Furthermore, we are open to industry and emerging technology collaborations with select sites - where we identify strong opportunities for clinical growth and shared victories in the raise against cancer.