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Radiation Oncology (Minnesota)

Description

During the radiation oncology elective, the students work with several staff consultants and residents and see a variety of malignant diseases. Students participate in the initial evaluation, treatment planning, management and follow-up care of patients. Students can participate in multidisciplinary cancer conferences as well as radiation oncology specific conferences. Exposure to special procedures, such as radioactive implants (brachytherapy), intraoperative electron beam radiation, gamma knife radiosurgery and whole body irradiation (marrow transplant) also may be possible. Students may participate in journal club and oncology society.

Specific goals

  1. Learn in general terms the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of malignant disease, including the goals and limitations of this approach to the treatment of cancer.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to take and convey an appropriately detailed history, perform examinations (including physical exam and laboratory, radiologic and other objective findings).
  3. Learn the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of common malignant diseases, including lung cancer, breast cancer and prostrate cancer.
  4. Describe the role of radiation therapy in the palliation of symptomatic malignant disease, particularly in painful bone metastases.
  5. Communicate effectively with patients and their families in situations ranging from terminal to curable disease.
  6. Learn the basic physical and biological basis of radiation therapy.
  7. Learn about the role of prospective clinical trials in the evaluation of new cancer treatments.

Activity outline

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8 - 9 a.m.
Chart Rounds*
8 - 9 a.m.
NPC **
8 - 9 a.m.
Didactic Core Curriculum
8 - 9 a.m.
NPC **
8 - 9 a.m.
Variable Conference ***
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Clinical Pre-
ceptorship
****
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Clinical Pre-
ceptorship
****
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Clinical Pre-
ceptorship
****
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Clinical Pre-
ceptorship
****
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Clinical Pre-
ceptorship
****

* Chart rounds each Mon. - Ends at 9:30 a.m.
** New Patient Conference
*** This conference varies week-to-week but includes Morbidity and Mortality, Dosimetry Conference, Resident Conference and others.
****On some days, time will run past 5 p.m., depending on patient care responsibilities.

Method of evaluation

Staff members evaluate students with whom they work. Students can earn a grade of honors by performing outstanding patient work-ups and by making excellent case presentations, including a brief review of pertinent peer-reviewed literature. Students are encouraged to participate in the new patient conference which allows evaluation of their teaching skills.

  • ART900491