Radiation Oncology (Minnesota)
During the four-week radiation oncology elective, students work with several staff consultants to see patients with a variety of malignant diseases. Trainees participate in the initial evaluation, treatment planning, management and follow-up care of patients.
Students are encouraged to attend available multidisciplinary and radiation oncology-specific conferences. A resident-led lecture series providing an introduction to radiation oncology is available for interested students. In addition to photon-based external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT), students often gain exposure to other modalities including proton radiotherapy, radioactive implants (brachytherapy), intraoperative electron beam radiation, gamma knife radiosurgery and whole body irradiation.
- 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
- Demonstrate the ability to take and convey an appropriately detailed history, perform examinations (including physical exam and laboratory, radiologic and other objective findings)
- Learn the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of common malignant diseases, including lung cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer
- Describe the role of radiation therapy in the palliation of symptomatic malignant disease, particularly in painful bone metastases
- Communicate effectively with patients and their families in situations ranging from terminal to curable disease
- Learn the basic physical and biological basis of radiation therapy
- Learn about the role of prospective clinical trials in the evaluation of new cancer treatments
|Didactic Core Curriculum
|Disease Site Conference***
|9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Method of evaluation
Staff members evaluate the 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.