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Conferences and Educational Programs - Radiation Oncology at MedStar Georgetown

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.