Radiation Oncology Elective
Preceptor: Benjamin Cooper, MD
Program Coordinator: Emily Rawn
Tel: (212) 731-5862
Course Code: 15-02
Prerequisites: Medicine and Surgery Rotations
A clinical elective in Radiation Oncology is offered to students who are interested in cancer care. The elective provides "hands-on" experience in managing patients with malignant disease. Emphasis will be given to patient presentation, the prognosis of cancer, and the various treatment options for the wide variety of malignant diseases treated by the service. This is an outpatient clinical elective, and time is spent at the NYU Langone’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Clinic and at the Tisch Hospital Radiation Oncology Clinic. The student will be included in the resident oriented teaching conferences and multi-disciplinary conferences with other oncologic specialties. Research opportunities are available for interested students.
Objectives of the Elective
Students will be introduced to the decision-making process used in cancer care, and Radiation Oncology in particular. This includes the history and physical as specific to the evaluation of the cancer patient, the principles of staging, the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer, the techniques for delivering radiation, and coordination of care with other cancer treatment specialties.
Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective
- Attend assigned conferences and clinics.
- Evaluation and presentation of the clinic patient to the supervising attending physician
- Read assigned material.
- 30-minute end of rotation presentation to the department, on a radiation or cancer related topic.
Students are expected to attend the biweekly departmental case review conferences, as well as in the regularly scheduled didactic teaching sessions. Students will be provided with the weekly academic schedule by the Chief Resident at the start of the rotation.
Method of Evaluation
Discussion of student's performance by the supervising attending as well as by the elective director, including degree of participation, interest, knowledge and ability to perform functions appropriate to the student's level. This elective will be graded as Pass, High Pass, Honors or Fail.
*Contact Emily Rawn in order to schedule elective dates.
Months Offered: All Year
Report To: Chief Resident or Program Director, 7:30AM, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center (Room 126), 160 East 34th Street, New York NY 10016
Students Per Period: 1-3
Duration: 4 weeks