Under the supervision of Dr. John Kildea, the Radiation Oncology Knowledge Sharing (ROKS) research group aims to collect and share knowledge and experience in medical physics and radiation oncology in the form of electronic data. The objectives of the group are:
(a) develop knowledge-based and evidence-based radiotherapy treatments,
(b) use data to improve the experience and outcomes of radiation oncology patients.
Humans are gifted with a great capacity to learn. We learn from our experiences and mistakes, and from the experiences and mistakes of others. For centuries we have shared knowledge using spoken word and hand-written texts. Today, we have easy access to vasts amounts of knowledge in digital format. We can efficiently share our knowledge and experience electronically and we can create new knowledge by collecting and examining data. Medicine is no exception. The medical field produces vast amounts of data, making it ripe for the electronic collection and sharing of knowledge and experience.
The ROKS research group aims to collect and share knowledge and experience in medical physics and radiation oncology using three methods:
1. by facilitating guidelines, policies and procedures written by experts,
2. by learning from adverse events, and
3. by learning from data.
The ROKS research group currently comprises one PI (John Kildea), two M.Sc students (Ackeem Joseph and Logan Montgomery) and one research assistant (David Herrera). Our group is an integral part of the HIG (Health Informatics Group).
For more information on the ROKS group and our various research projects, please visit our group webpage.