Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Clinical Responsibilities

During site-specific clinical rotations, residents are assigned to a clinical faculty member on a one-to-one basis.  Each resident is responsible for seeing new consults, as well as on-treatment and follow-up patients, with the Attending.  In addition, all residents participate in simulation and treatment planning.

The resident provides clinical coverage when the attending is away and works with the covering physician.  Residents may be recruited to radiation oncology services other than their assigned one, or to special procedures, particularly brachytherapy cases, as coverage needs arise.

Resident training includes extensive clinical experience in:

  • handling inpatient, outpatient, and emergency consultations
  • evaluating new patients with history, physical examination and appropriate diagnostic studies
  • communication with other medical care providers
  • recommending treatment options
  • performing treatment simulations with new patients
  • collaborating with staff dosimetrists and physicists
  • presenting treatment plans at Quality Assurance conferences
  • presenting patients at Tumor Board conferences
  • taking responsibility for and following in-house patients
  • documentation and dictation of evaluations, follow-ups, and procedures

On-Call Duties

Residents rotate call duties on a weekly basis. First year residents take approximately ten weeks of call with decreasing weeks each subsequent year. The on-call resident is responsible for taking calls in the evenings from 4:30 PM through 8:00 AM, as well as the entire weekend. Call may be taken from home as long as the resident is within 30 minutes travel time from the hospital.


Residents receive a written performance evaluation at the end of each two-month rotation.  They are also asked to provide a written evaluation of the attending staff after clinical rotations.

The residency program director will meet with each resident twice per year to provide feedback and evaluation and to review resident's procedure logs.  Residents have the opportunity to become a chief resident in their fourth year and to oversee many of the above activities and other departmental areas.

Department of
Radiation Oncology

111 S. 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Adam Dicker, MD, PhD

Letter from 
Adam Dicker

Enterprise Senior Vice President, Chair and Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

Director, Jefferson Center for Digital Health & Data Science

Robert Den, MD

Robert Den, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology, Urology and Cancer Biology

Program Director, Radiation Oncology Medical Residency

Director, Medical Student Education Clerkship

Marlene Kushner, C-TAGME
Program Coordinator, Radiation Oncology Medical Residency

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