Year Four Courses

RAD 774 - Radiation Oncology Elective

 

Credits: 5

 

Program Directors:

  • Heath Mackley, M.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology and Medicine, Course Director and Student Liaison

 

Administrative Coordinator:

Eugenia Bartolome, ebartolome@hmc.psu.edu

 

Prerequisites:

Successful completion of the 2nd year of medical school.

 

Maximum Number of Students:

2

 

When Offered:

All rotations

 

Length Of Course:

1 month

 

Date/Time/Location:

Contact Eugenia Bartolome, ebartolome@hmc.psu.edu

 

Description:

The student will have the opportunity to see the full scope of clinical Radiation Oncology, working with an attending Radiation Oncologist(s) in a one-on-one fashion, and other members of the ancillary team including Physicists, Dosimetrists, Radiation Therapists, and Nurses.
Topics which will be covered include:

The total care of cancer patients of all ages, including
1. Diagnosis
2. Staging/Workup
3. Evaluating treatment options
4. Coordinating care with other specialists
5. Medical management of acute and late toxicities
6. Surveillance after the completion of active therapy
7. Medical management of cancer related symptoms
8. End-of-life care in the non-curative treatment of cancer
Learning opportunities will include:
1. Patient evaluation in the outpatient and inpatient settings, including consultations, follow-up visits, on-treatment visits, and tumor board meetings
2. Exposure to all aspects of radiation treatment planning, including simulations, target delineation using treatment planning software, beam configuration, plan evaluation, and plan quality assurance.
3. Exposure to all aspects of treatment delivery, including external beam radiotherapy, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, and High Dose Rate Brachytherapy.
This course will be offered throughout the entire academic year.

 

Additional Information:

Report To:
Contact Contact Eugenia Bartolome, ebartolome@hmc.psu.edu and report to Dr. Heath Mackley