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Virtual Radiation Oncology Rotation at Virginia Commonwealth University

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Virtual Radiation Oncology Rotation at Virginia Commonwealth University

As we find many institutions are not allowing in person away rotations, we have collaborated with radiation oncology programs across the country to explore ways to deliver a virtual experience for medical students.  While you will be missing the hands on experience of rotating through our department, we want to provide you with virtual training that will keep you engaged and interested in this incredibly diverse and challenging field of medicine . . .

Virtual Radiation Oncology Rotation

Education

The VCU Department of Radiation Oncology has a strong history of education and training for medical students, medical residents and medical physics graduate students offering programs at the level of certificate, masters and doctorate. As a result, we are able to draw applicants from around the country further enriching our program.

Educational Programs

The VCU School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology offers several educational programs.

Radiation Oncology Residency

The Radiation Oncology Residency program is among the longest-running of its kind in the country, and provides trainees with the clinical and procedural skills necessary to develop into competent and compassionate radiation oncologists prepared for either private practice or academia. Our medical residents work in tandem with attending faculty, medical physicists and medical physics residents to pursue research interests and translate these findings to enhanced care delivery. With the integrated medical physics educational programs, we are able to establish the collaborative nature of our specialty from the moment of entrance in the program. This carries through to everyday practice.

Program Overview:

Positions are offered through the National Resident Matching Program. Applications are reviewed by committee and must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Approximately 15-25 applicants are invited to interview annually based on available positions. Interviews are scheduled for November and December and conducted by the department chairman, the residency program director, current faculty members and chief residents. Successful candidates have often spent a clinical rotation in our department during their 4th year as a medical student.

Pre-requisite:

All residents must have completed a clinical PGY-1 year in an accredited graduate medical education program.

Contact:

Program Director: Emma C. Fields, MD, Emma.Fields@vcuhealth.org

Program Coordinator: Jo Lombardi, Juana.Lombardi@vcuhealth.org

Medical Physics Clinical Residency Program

The Medical Physics Clinical Residency Program...

Program Overview:

We offer a two-year medical physics residency program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center. The objective of the program is to provide clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics and prepare the resident for board certification. While residents are encouraged to participate in clinical research throughout their training period, the two years of the program are primarily clinical. The residency program is currently structured to meet the requirements for accreditation and has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).

Medical Physics Masters Degree Program

Program Overview:

The CAMPEP-accredited Master of Science in Medical Physics at VCU provides students with the foundational knowledge and exposure to hands-on clinical training necessary to practice as future clinical medical physicists. To apply to the VCU Medical Physics Graduate program, you must complete and submit an electronic application through the university's graduate admissions page.

Medical Physics Doctoral Degree Program

Program Overview:

The CAMPEP-accredited Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Physics at VCU offers students course work and research training as it is applied to the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Research interests include topics such as functional imaging using PET and NMR, CT image artifact removal and deformation, radiation therapy dose calculations, 4D radiation therapy, and brachytherapy.

To apply to the VCU Medical Physics Graduate program, you must complete and submit an electronic application through the university's graduate admissions page.

 

Medical Physics Graduate Certificate Program

Program Overview:

The CAMPEP-accredited Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics is intended for postdoctoral individuals seeking to enhance their credentials for admission into a medical physics residency position. It offers the course work necessary to meet ABR application requirements.

To apply to the VCU Medical Physics Graduate program, you must complete and submit an electronic application through the university's graduate admissions page.

 

Medical Student Clerkship

We welcome and encourage medical students interested in a career in radiation oncology to apply for a four-week rotation with us through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities.

The radiation oncology clerkship provides outpatient experience in the workup and management of a variety of oncology patients, and students will have the opportunity to do physical examinations and perform certain procedures with patient consent. Students will be included in all resident education experiences such as tumor boards, workshops, conferences and journal clubs.

Medical Dosimetry Master’s Degree Program

We collaborate with the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse as a clinical site for their master’s medical dosimetry program. The program provides students with an educational foundation in medical dosimetry as well as a 12 month clinical internship in a radiation oncology department. The curriculum requires online courses taken synchronously with their clinical internship at an affiliated site. This program is accredited by a discipline-specific, professional accreditation organization- the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

Admission requirements can be found at https://www.uwlax.edu/grad/medical-dosimetry/admission-requirements/

Radiation Sciences Undergraduate Program

The Department of Radiation Sciences in the VCU College of Health Professions offers a bachelor of science in clinical radiation sciences in the following areas of concentration:

  • radiation therapy
  • radiography
  • nuclear medicine technology

These full-time programs include general education, professional and clinical course work. Graduates of each of the programs are eligible for national certification examinations in their respective areas of concentration.

The Department of Radiation Sciences has the advantage of providing state-of-the-art imaging and therapeutic equipment for students in a laboratory setting, as well as experienced and multi-credentialed faculty.

The department also offers second modality B.S. degree programs for certified radiographers who desire to continue their professional education and concentrate in either radiation therapy or nuclear medicine technology.

For more information, please visit the Department of Radiation Sciences Web site.

Our Residencies

We offer a medical residency program and medical physics residency program.

The VCU Department of Radiation Oncology has a strong history of education and training for medical students, medical residents and medical physics graduate students offering programs at the level of certificate, masters and doctorate. As a result, we are able to draw applicants from around the country further enriching our program.

The medical residency program is among the longest-running of its kind in the country, and provides trainees with the clinical and procedural skills necessary to develop into competent and compassionate radiation oncologists prepared for either private practice or academia. Our medical residents work in tandem with attending faculty, medical physicists and medical physics residents to pursue research interests and translate these findings to enhanced care delivery. With the integrated medical physics educational programs, we are able to establish the collaborative nature of our specialty from the moment of entrance in the program. This carries through to everyday practice.I'm interested in the medical residency program. I'm interested in the medical physics program.

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