Curriculum

 
POST GRADUATE YEAR II (FIRST YEAR)

Clinical Skills 
• Ability to obtain, organize, document and present a cohesive patient history and perform a physical examination appropriate for the patient.
• Ability to stage tumors according to the AJCC staging system.
• Ability to plan a course of radiation therapy and write a radiation prescription.
• Ability to perform uncomplicated simulations.
• Understanding of the natural history, epidemiology, and treatment of the tumors most commonly encountered in a Radiation Oncology Department.
• Understanding of the basic concepts of brachytherapy.

Radiobiology 
Mastery of basic radiobiological concepts, particularly as they relate to clinical radiation therapy.

Physics 
• Understanding of the basic concepts relating to simulation and treatment planning.
• Understanding of the basics of radiological physics and radiation safety.

POST GRADUATE YEAR III (SECOND YEAR)

Clinical Skills 
• Further refinement of the clinical skills including ability to perform a comprehensive pelvic examination and head and neck examination.
• Ability to perform more complicated treatment planning.
• Ability to perform more complicated simulation (i.e. mantle, cranio-spatial).
• Ability to research the medical literature to address uncommon or complex clinical problems.
• Understanding of the concepts relating to the use of radiation therapy as part of multi-modality treatment.

Physics 
• Ability to perform uncomplicated dosimetric calculations, evaluate treatment plans, and actively participate in generation of 3D conformal and /or IMRT treatment plans.
• Reinforcement and further refinement of concepts learned in the PGY-2 year.

POST GRADUATE YEAR IV (THIRD YEAR)

Clinical Skills 
• Ability to produce a comprehensive consultation note, including delineation of a plan of management supported by the clinical literature.
• Ability to accurately and succinctly orally present clinical cases.
• Ability to interact appropriately with referring physicians and fellows or residents from other specialties.
• Ability to perform virtually all types of simulation.
• Ability to critically analyze the medical literature with particular attention to the methodological and statistical approaches of the author.
• Ability to research the recent medical literature for current and/or recently concluded clinical trials that impact on patient management.

Radiobiology 
Further refinement of understanding and practical applications of radiobiological principles.

Physics 
In addition to further refinement of understanding of physics, residents should now be familiar with the physics of specialized treatment techniques including Stereotactic Radiosurgery, total skin electron beam treatment and total body irradiation.

POST GRADUATE YEAR V (FOURTH YEAR)

Clinical Skills 
• Ability to autonomously manage patients requiring radiation therapy.
• Ability to perform standard brachytherapy procedures.
• Ability to initiate and complete clinical research projects.

Radiobiology
• Understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of radiobiological research by spending time in a radiobiological laboratory.
• Ability to conduct radiobiological research under guidance.

Physics 
• Thorough understanding of physics relevant to the practice of radiation oncology.
• Appreciation and understanding of the many QA aspects of physics.

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