Traditionally, residents spend the entire first month of their
PGY-2 year taking an intensive physics course administered by our
radiation physics department, which covers the information that
will appear on the boards and prepares residents to participate
in treatment planning in clinic. This course is supplemented with
bi-weekly refresher physics lectures throughout the year. A
semester-long radiobiology course is offered every other year by
our department, which all residents will take on either their
PGY-2 or PGY-3 year.
Didactic lectures or case conferences covering clinical topics in
radiation oncology are held one to two times a week. In addition,
once a month, a clinical case teleconference is held with the
King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan, and a monthly journal club
is held within the department. Visiting professors who are
leading experts in their fields will also come for lectures and
discussions with residents. Residents are expected to participate
in weekly chart rounds within the department. Residents will also
attend medical oncology lectures and pathology conferences that
are held weekly at ?MedStar Georgetown as well as participate in
the multi-disciplinary tumor boards pertinent to their rotation.
Residents are encouraged to attend educational review courses,
including the ASTRO Spring Refresher Course, prior to taking
their board exams. Most of the cost to attend these courses will
be covered by the department.