Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Medical Students

Clinical Experience

The Thomas Jefferson University Department of Radiation Oncology welcomes fourth year medical students interested in a four week rotation.  The goal of this four week clinical rotation is for medical students to learn the fundamentals of radiation oncology.  Students can use this rotation as an opportunity to explore the specialty as a possible career choice.  Students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of oncology care but not planning to pursue radiation oncology will find this course useful to understand radiation oncology as a specialty and therefore better be able to coordinate and deliver optimal multi-disciplinary care and counsel future patients. 

Located in a NCI designated cancer center, our fourth year, four week rotation consists of the medical student being assigned to one faculty member each day with whom he or she will see patients in clinic.  During the clerkship, students will be expected to work-up patients, perform physical exams, and present cases to faculty.  Students will be exposed to treatment planning, simulations, and treatment deliveries throughout the rotation. 

Students participate in a formal didactic curriculum.  The curriculum includes lectures on fundamentals of radiation and radiation emergencies.  Students also attend resident and department conferences as available during the clerkship.  Additionally, as part of the curriculum students complete hands-on treatment planning and contouring with a faculty or resident preceptor.  Students will also interact with a strong clinical physics program on a regular basis.

Strengths of our training include extensive experience in the following:

  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery - Gamma Knife/Linac Based Radiosurgery
  • Brachytherapy training for a multitude of disease sites
  • Liver directed therapy including radioembolization

Please contact our Education Coordinator, Marlene Kushner, C-TAGME (215) 955-5669 for information and scheduling. 

Shadowing Experience

Medical students are welcome to visit the department and to shadow with one of our physicians for a full day or half day.  Please contact our Education Coordinator, Marlene Kushner, C-TAGME or (215) 955-5669.

Research Experience

Students are encouraged to participate in a clinical or basic science research project.  Projects are chosen with and supervised by the clerkship director or other department faculty.  We aim to tailor research experiences toward the particular interests of each student. 

Robert Den, MD

Robert Den, MD
Residency Program Director
Medical Student Education Clerkship Director

Marlene Kushner, C-TAGME
Residency Program Coordinator

Department of
Radiation Oncology

111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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