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Mock Orals Course - virtual in 2021

Presented by the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology

Two virtual events in 2021: Mock Orals on Friday, July 23 and Friday, July 30, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:35 p.m. EST

Didactic lecture question & answer sessions for all attendees on Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 9:50 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. EST

The course is intended for those taking their exam in September 2021. 

Mock Orals Course Flyer July 2021


About the Course

The purpose of this interactive course is to simulate a radiation oncology oral board examination through series of virtual one-on-one timed interviews reviewing high yield cases with individual feedback (day one on Friday) and a didactic half-day session (day two on Sunday) with disease-site experts providing an overview with practical tips.* Pre-recorded didactic lectures will be shared for attendees to view on their own on Saturday, July 31. Then, on Sunday, August 1, disease-site experts will hold live virtual 15-minute question and answer sessions. The instructors for this course include a combination of invited nationally recognized faculty and our own top-ranked faculty in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

*Faculty/guest examiners of this course are not current oral board examiners. Examiners for this course do not have a role in the development or administration of examinations. Course material presented at the event will not appear on any oral board examination.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to/ will:

  • Experience one-on-one case-based interviews for all disease sites which are important for the final oral examination.
  • Practice delivery of answers in an examination atmosphere.
  • Obtain individualized verbal feedback at the end of each session.
  • Receive tumor site specific group feedback.
  • Review high-yield cases with practical tips by site experts.

Target Audience

The course is dedicated to aid young practicing radiation oncologists across the country prepare for the oral board examination.

● First year residency graduates preparing for initial certification

● Practicing physicians preparing for re-examination

Mock Orals Map 2021

 


Course Directors

Pranshu Mohindra, MD, MBBS
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Director of Research Internships
Director of Billing & Compliance

Sarah McAvoy

Sarah Anne McAvoy, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Director of the Medical Residency Program

Head shot to use in 2018

William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO
Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair
Professor of Radiation Oncology


Course Coordinators

For questions about the course, please contact the course coordinators Jessica White, jessica.white@umm.edu, 410-328-7618 or Dominic Bulkley, dominic.bulkley@umm.edu, 410-328-6928.


Examiners

Three of the July 2021 Examiners took the virtual March 2021 exams.

Gastrointestinal - Lead
William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO
Isadore & Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair
And Professor of Radiation Oncology

Gastrointestinal
Keith R. Unger, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Head & Neck - Lead
Harry Quon, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology,
Molecular Radiation Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Head & Neck
Matthew E. Witek, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Central Nervous System - Lead
Brian Timothy Collins, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Central Nervous System
Jonathan Lischalk, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Lung - Lead
Russell Kenneth Hales, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lung
Stephanie Rice, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Upstate Cancer Center

Genitourinary - Lead
Dan K. Kunaprayoon, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Genitourinary
Matthew J. Ferris, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Breast - Lead
Sally B. Cheston, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Breast
Christine Ko Bang, MD 
Chief, Radiation Oncology
Baltimore VA Medical Center

Melissa Vyfhuis, MD, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Pediatrics - Lead
Young Kwok, MD
Professor of Radiation Oncology

Pediatrics
Matthew Michael Ladra, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lymphoma-Lead
Jillian R. Gunther, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Lymphoma
Wendla K. Citron, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Gynecologic - Lead
Pranshu Mohindra, MD, MBBS
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Gynecologic
Sarah Anne McAvoy, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

 


Registration

To maximize the one-on-one time with examiners, we will have a limited number of examination spots available. This course is now sold out for 2021.


Testimonials from 2021

"Getting a real life full day experience of the examination made me feel so much more confident when it came to the actual exam day."

'"The virtual Mock Orals Course and didactic lectures were instrumental in preparing attendees for the oral board examination. The Mock Orals accurately simulated the environment and testing style of the examination, and the didactic lectures included a comprehensive review of the disease sites and relevant literature that solidified knowledge of the subject matter."

"High quality examiners. Realistic degree of difficulty. Awesome 30-45 minute recap videos. Great Q & A season with examiners afterwards."

"The examiners were thorough and provided excellent feedback. The organization/coordination of all activities was seamless."

"Professional and realistic testing environment"

"This is the best oral board prep course I had. I genuinely appreciate everyone who took their time to put this course together and to teach us. I feel more confident for my real exam after I took this course. Thank you!"

"Would 100% recommend to future test takers"

Testimonials from 2019

"This is perhaps the best type of course for board preparation. I would encourage anyone who is taking the oral boards to enroll."

"The closely simulated atmosphere. To calm my nerves at the boards I just imaged I was back in Maryland going from room to room and that took some stress off."

"Going through the actual process of sitting through cases with an examiner and moving from room to room for each disease site was instrumental in preparing me for the real thing."

"This was HIGHLY recommended to me by a last year's participant, and I will HIGHLY recommend it to the upcoming examinees."

Testimonials from 2018

"The quality of the exam and thoughtful individualized feedback with each session far exceeded expectations."

“The mock orals was an accurate depiction of the actual test.  It showed me my strengths and weaknesses, helped focus my study, and the feedback was invaluable.”

“Worth doing.  Already have recommended to others.”

“It was good to experience being interviewed by someone who I had not previously known or worked with.”

"I truly cannot thank the organizers enough. This was incredibly valuable for me and I will certainly recommend the course to the next group."

Over 90% of attendees have reported that they passed their oral boards following the course.