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 3rd 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, Central Maryland Radiation Oncology Center in Columbia, MD., the Helen P. Denit Center for Radiation Therapy in Olney, Maryland and the Tate Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
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. Residents are expected to present new patients seen the day before, or earlier, to the group. It is expected that any pertinent radiographs will be shown during the case presentation in the conference room. Handouts (paper or electronic) are mandatory for prepared presentations.
A few highlights from our teaching format include the following:
- Clinical Talks (Topic-based)
- Physics/Radiobiology Talks
- Case Presentations (Focused on background/workup)
- Case Presentations (Focused on management of disease)
- Jeopardy (Board-exam style questions as content)
- Journal Club (Clinical and Biological)
- Mock Orals
- Technology Rounds
- Attending lectures
- Guest attending lectures
- Visiting professors