Radiation Oncology

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Alberto Puig, Jennifer Wo
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month. Not offered from December to March.
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: This elective is meant to introduce clinical radiation oncology to medical students. This rotation is ideal for both students interesed in pursing a career in this field and for those simply interested in learning about radiation oncology. The majority of students' time is spent in out-patient clinics with opportunities to be involved in in-patient consults, radiation planning, and radiation treatments. Students are encourage to become engaged with clinical activities and will work closely with faculty, residents, and fellows. There will be a half day session of radiation biology didactics, touring departmental lab space in Charlestown, and discussion with a staff radiation biologist. The course structure is assigned clinic or didactic time for the month. There are mandatory educational lectures each morning. One half hour presentation is expected of each student at the end of their rotation. Topics are chosen by student interest. No weekends or calls.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
One half day is spent in our laboratories for tour, didactics, and discussion. Opportunities for more exposure depending upon student interest. Daily morning conferences and monthly journal club offer opportunities for formal data discussion. Discussions in clinics regarding patient management is large evidence-based practice with discussion with the team.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction:
enthusiasm, engagement, and competency in integration into the clinic;
respect for and respected by physicians and support staff;
proficiency on H&P, presentation of patients and consultation/clinic notes;
highest quality of presentation that demonstrates effort, interest, thoughtfulness, and understanding of presented material; goes above and beyond expectation of rotation in performance in any of these areas
the same as "honors with distinction" but to a lesser degree of mastery in each area
attends some conferences and most assign clinics
does not attend the majority of clinics