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Mock Orals in Radiation Oncology - virtual in 2021

Presented by the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology

Two virtual events in 2021: Mock Orals on Friday, March 5 and Friday, March 12, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:35 p.m. EST

Didactic lecture question & answer sessions on Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. EST

The March course is intended for those taking their exam in May, 2021. Stay tuned for summer 2021 dates for those taking their exam in September.


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, March 13. Then, on Sunday, March 14 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 National Reach 2020


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 Coordinator

For questions about the course, please contact the course coordinator Dominic Bulkley, dominic.bulkley@umm.edu, 410-328-6928.


Examiners

Gastrointestinal - Lead
William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO
Isadore and 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
Dr. 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
Terence Williams, MD, PhD
Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology
City of Hope

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

Genitourinary - Lead
Jason Kyle Molitoris, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

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

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

Breast
Christine Ko Bang, MD
Adjunct 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

 


Course Sponsors

The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology would like to thank the following sponsors for their support.


Registration

To maximize the one-on-one time with examiners, we will have a limited number of examination spots available.

Registration is full for the March 2021 courses. 


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."

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