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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 seminars, morbidity and mortality conferences, journal club, 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 and Molecular Radiation Biology lectures are held during the first year of residency.  Members of the physics staff give lectures during the first half of the year, and cover fundamentals including radiation delivery, dose calculations, treatment planning, brachytherapy and radiation safety.  The basic science curriculum continues with radiobiology in the second half of the first year.  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 Seminars & M&M Conferences

Each year, residents present two resident seminars and one morbidity and mortality conference.  Residents prepare a lecture of their choice and work with a faculty advisor on their presentation.  Seminars topics have included management of uncommon tumors, review of new imaging modalities, and review of resident research projects.


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.