Forty-one of the 48 months of residency will be spent in required core clinical rotations. The remaining months will be used for elective time and laboratory or clinical research. Six months of dedicated research time will be approved for third year residents who are interested in laboratory or clinical research.
Teaching is carried out through didactic lectures, clinics and numerous teaching conferences, with emphasis on patient care, under the supervision of full-time staff. Elective time is spent in related oncological specialties to promote the multidisciplinary concept of managing cancer patients. The department enjoys state-of-the-art equipment and operates several sites both on- and off- campus, which include: a main facility in the Gudelsky Tower of the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) in downtown Baltimore, the Central Maryland Radiation Oncology Center in Columbia, the Upper Chesapeake Health Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air, and the Tate Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.
There are many intradepartmental and interdepartmental conferences and tumor boards to attend. It is essential to the success of our teaching program that our residents attend all departmental conferences and all interdepartmental conferences appropriate for each rotation. They are designed to teach all levels of trainee, and accomplish important patient care functions on a daily basis.
We have 24 members of the clinical faculty in the Department of Radiation Oncology, including 14 full-time and 10 part-time faculty, all of whom are invested in the residency program.
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A few highlights from our teaching format include the following:
- Attending lectures
- Clinical talks (topic-based)
- Case Presentations (focused on background/workup OR on management of disease)
- Dedicated mock orals
- Guest attending lectures
- Jeopardy (board-exam style questions as content)
- Journal Club (clinical and biological)
- Patient centered communication workshops
- Physics/radiobiology talks
- Technology rounds
- Thermal Oncology Practice School
- Visiting professors