RA502M.Jb

Clinical Experience in Radiation Oncology

Sites: BWH, BIDMC, DFCI, CHMC
Director(s): Erik Alexander, Paul Nguyen
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: MULTI - Multi-site (J)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: The course in radiation oncology is designed to provide students with a broad exposure to the field. Students attend daily morning conferences with the residents and attending faculty. Students are paired one-on-one with an attending daily in order to observe and evaluate patients presenting to the outpatient clinic and occasionally see consults on the inpatient ward. In order to appreciate the fundamental evidence-based management necessary in the field, students will prepare a case conference to be presented at the end of the month discussing a patient and relevant literature supporting the use of radiation in the patient's care. All students will be expected to prepare for patient visits in advance, to interact with the health care team and patients directly, and to present the case conference as part of their learning experience. Students will gain an appreciation for the multi-disciplinairy aspects of oncology care, and also appreciate the scientific aspects of radiation biology and physics.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Daily morning conferences include clinical case presentations with supporting literature discussed two to three times per week, physics and radiobiology courses are given approximately once a week
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Outstanding effort in preparation, thoroughness, organization and understanding of the materials provided Honors: Excellent effort in preparation, thoroughness, organization and understanding of the materials provided Satisfactory: Very good effort in preparation, thoroughness, organization and understanding of the materials provided Unsatisfactory: Insufficient effort in preparation, thoroughness, organization and understanding of the materials provided