Introduction to Radiation Oncology

The Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group (ROECSG) has partnered with eContour.org to bring together resources in an easily accessible platform for anyone who wants a general overview of radiation oncology.  Medical students, junior residents, and others will find the content below useful.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about content or coordinating students in your residency program.

Introductory Seminars

Seminar 1 – Introduction and Overview

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Seminar 2 – Radiation Biology and Physics

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Seminar 3 – Practical Aspects of Radiation Oncology

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Five Things Medical Students and Doctors Should Know About Radiation Therapy



eContour.org Fundamentals:

  • See below for institutional modules that can be implemented (these are not freestanding web-based modules)

Online resources for clinical practice:

Recommended Reading:

  • Berman AT, Plastaras JP, Vapiwala N. “Radiation Oncology: a Primer for Medical Students” J Canc Educ 2013. Link to PubMed
  • Bernier J, Hall E, Giaccia A. “Radiation Oncology: a Century of Achievements” Nat Rev Cancer. 2004 Sep. Link to PubMed
  • Terezakis S et al, “What the diagnostic radiologist needs to know about radiation oncology.” Radiology. 2011 Oct. Link to PubMed
  • Osvarek J et al. “Medical Student Knowledge of Oncology and Related Disciplines: a Targeted Needs Assessment” J Canc Educ 2015. Link to PubMed

Thinking about a career in Radiation Oncology?

  • Zietman A. “The future of radiation oncology: the evolution, diversification, and survival of the specialty.” Semin Radiat Oncol. 2008 Jul. Link to PubMed
  • See FAQs about applying to radiation oncology residency on the ARRO website: Medical Students.
  • Medical students and residents can sign up to be ASTRO members-in-training at the ASTRO website. This is free for medical students and residents and helps ARRO and ASTRO get them connected with helpful resources and important information related to residency training. Please direct any questions to membership@astro.org.

Implementing the ROECSG curriculum at your institution

For PowerPoint versions of the presentations above, or for more information on implementing the curriculum at your institution, please contact Dan Golden, MD MHPE, at dgolden@radonc.uchicago.edu.

Prior to implementing the ROECSG curriculum, please review the Residents-as-Teachers Tip Deck created by Steve Braunstein, MD PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Click here for the Residents-as-Teachers Tip Deck

Treatment planning and contouring modules for students or residents are available for imlementation at individual institutions: