Radiation Oncology Clerkship

For medical students, residents and fellows from related oncology disciplines, and select others.

The Department offers clerkships in radiation oncology for interested medical students, both at UNC and from other US medical schools.  (Clinical fellows from other UNC departments, physician’s assistant and pharmacy trainees, and nurse practitioners are also eligible to take part in aspects of the clerkship program.) 

Two clerkship options are available, a two week exploratory rotation for those with an interest in radiation oncology but not intending to pursue a career in the field, and a month-long experience for those who do intend to pursue a career in radiation oncology. The latter are required to give a morning conference presentation at the clerkship’s end on an oncology-related topic of their choosing.

Students are expected to work-up patients, perform physical exams independently, and present cases to faculty physicians.  They are exposed to treatment planning, simulation and treatment delivery using linear accelerators, CyberKnife®, TomoTherapy® and brachytherapy. Didactic lectures provide background on the history of radiation oncology, and on basic principles of radiation physics and radiation/cancer biology.  The students are evaluated by clinical faculty and staff, based on the ACGME competencies of medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal skills and communication, practice based learning and improvement, and professionalism.

These structured clerkships, developed and supervised by Residency Program Director Dr. Ron Chen, have significantly increased the visibility of the specialty of radiation oncology at UNC, and also serve as a conduit for medical students wishing to take a year off from their training in order to conduct research in our department. 

 Medical Students Conducting Clinical Research in Radiation Oncology  (2011-2015)

  • Ying Hou, UNC medical student - currently an internal medicine resident at the University of Massachusetts
  • Ian Allen, UNC medical student and MPH candidate - currently an internal medicine resident at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Jordan Holmes, UNC medical student - currently a radiation oncology resident at UNC Hospitals
  • William Stokes, UNC medical student and Holderness Distinguished Medical Scholar - currently a radiation oncology resident at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Trevor Royce, UNC medical student and Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow - currently a radiation oncology resident at Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Adam Kuykendal, UNC medical oncology fellow and National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellow - currently a medical oncologist at the Levine Cancer Institute
  • Kevin Pearlstein, UNC medical student - currently a radiation oncology resident at UNC Hospitals
  • Fan Ye, UNC medical student and MPH candidate - currently an anesthesiology resident at the University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Mark Waddle, UNC medical student - currently a radiation oncology resident at the Mayo Jacksonville School of Graduate Medical Education

Additional Information

If interested, you may obtain additional information by contacting the Residency Program Coordinator:

Ms. Rebecca Moore
 
Phone: (984) 974-8418