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Educational Curriculum

In addition to clinical rotations, residents obtain a comprehensive educational experience during their four years of training.  Specific learning experiences include didactic lectures, guest speakers, Oncology Grand Rounds, site visits to other radiation oncology centers, multi-disciplinary conferences and tumor boards, resident didactics, volume reviews, journal clubs, research strategy meetings and QA conferences.

Didactics & Speakers

Residents attend a series of lectures designed to supplement their clinical education during rotations.  Each faculty member presents lectures related to their disease site of interest.  Additionally, residents have found the weekly volume review sessions to be particularly helpful.  Jefferson routinely invites noted leaders of the field to give lectures and meet with the residents.

Physics & Molecular Radiation Biology

Physics lectures are held every year for the first year residents to attend. These are commonly attended by third year residents also, who are on their research rotation.  Members of the physics staff give lectures  and cover fundamentals including radiation delivery, dose calculations, treatment planning, brachytherapy and radiation safety.  The basic science curriculum continues with Radiobiology in the begins in the second half of the first year. All residents attend Radiobiology educational sessions during all four years of training. Topics include classical radiation biology, carinogenesis, fractionation, radiosensitization and protection, and molecular signaling pathway.  Both lectures series cover all topics pertinent to the physics and radiobiology boards.  Jefferson residents have had an excellent track record of performance on the board exams.

Resident Didactic Lectures

Each week, Residents are provided a two hour educational session. During the first hour a resident will present a Didactic Lecture, on the given specialty being studied at the time, with faculty presence.  These lectures are prepared in advance with their faculty mentor. During the second hour, a faculty expert will provide a "Volume Review" for the residents.


Residents attend national educational conferences, such as ASTRO and ASCO, as well as weekly local Grand Rounds.  Residents actively participate in multidisciplinary conferences and tumor boards in gynecological cancers, breast cancer, stereotactic radiosurgery, head and neck cancer, colorectal/pancreas cancer and genitourinal cancer.  These conferences involve pathologists, surgeons, radiologists and medical oncologists in addition to radiation oncologists.

Our residents also have the opportunity to apply to the annual ASCO/AACR workshop held in Vail. For additional information , click on link below.