MD Courses — Radiation Oncology

Third year and fourth year

Instructor: Maria Thomas, MD, PhD, 314.362.8516

The four-week clerkship in radiation oncology will provide students with an introduction to the evaluation and management of a broad range of patients referred for consultation regarding radiation therapy. Clerkship activities will take place within the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Siteman Cancer Center complex, Christian Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Barnes-Jewish South County Hospital. Students will conduct inpatient and outpatient evaluations under the supervision of radiation oncology department residents and faculty. Students will also attend and participate in regularly scheduled departmental conferences, with an additional didactic teaching component tailored to the third and fourth year student level. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the appropriate multidisciplinary conferences (such as pediatric neuro-oncology, cardiothoracic oncology, lymphoma, GYN oncology and ENT) pertaining to their rotation schedule. The clerkship will allow exposure to a variety of treatment techniques including brachytherapy, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), proton therapy, and radiosurgery. Students will be given the opportunity to make a teaching case presentation and will meet weekly with the Coursemaster and/or the department Chairman for small-group case discussions.

Instructional materials are available for students on the rotation. (Students are NOT expected to purchase any curricular materials for the clerkship.) Student performance will be evaluated by faculty members who supervise the student over the course of the four-week clerkship.

Fourth year


Instructor(s): Maria Thomas, MD, PhD
Location: Center for Advanced Medicine, Lower Level
Elective Contact: Maria Thomas, MD, PhD, 362-8516, or Gwen Jackson 362-8567

Other Information: Students should meet the Chief Resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology in the Siteman Cancer Center on the lower level of the CAM Building.
Enrollment limit per period: 3
Valid start weeks for four-week blocks are: Weeks 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, and 41.

The clinical division offers an elective with emphasis on the evaluation, planning of and administration of radiation therapy in patients with malignant tumors. The students have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge on the natural history, pathological, and biological features of cancer and to sharpen their clinical skills participating in the management of these patients.

Student time distribution: Inpatient 7%; Outpatient 78%; Conferences/ Lectures 15%; Subspecialty Care 100%
Major teaching responsibility: Attendings, residents and staff
Patients seen/weekly: 20-35 per physician