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Department of Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology

Student Courses

The UC Davis School of Medicine offers a number of educational opportunities within the Department of Radiation Oncology for medical, graduate and undergraduate students:

Radiation Oncology Courses

Radiation Oncology Clerkship — RON 463

Drs. Allen Chen and Sun Yi © UC Regents

The radiation oncology clerkship or externship at the UC Davis Cancer Center introduces medical students to the radiation oncology clinical outpatient experience and the concepts involved in clinical radiation. Students will participate in the workup, treatment planning, and management of a variety of oncology patients, attend multidisciplinary tumor boards and morning teaching rounds, and learn the appropriate delivery of radiation therapy for cancer patients. Open to UC Davis medical students and U.S. visiting students.

Instructor: Dr. Ruben Fragoso

Course Duration: 2-4 weeks
Quarters: I, II, III, IV
Units: 3-6
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Distribution of Students Time: Clinical activity-full time.
Prerequisites: Completion of SUR 430 (surgery clerkship) and IMD 430 (medicine clerkship).
Consent of third-year clinical clerkship instructor required.

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For more information: Contact the Course Coordinator, at (916) 734-8252.

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Radiobiology Courses

Jyoti Mayadev and Carol Foscarini © UC RegentsRadiation Oncology is a unique discipline in that it combines elements of clinical practice linked to complex physics based dosimetry and treatment planning. Included within this clinical environment is a strong basis in biology that underpins the clinical effectiveness of radiation treatment. A study of biology and in particular biological mechanisms can provide an understanding of both better ways to treat cancer and on potential adverse events, such as normal tissue damage.

 

First-Year Seminar in Radiation

This course will provide an analysis on all types of radiation and is intended for undergraduates of all levels.

Instructor: Andrew Vaughan, Ph.D.
Course Duration: 8-9 weeks (Pass/Fail)
Units: 1
Location: UC Davis Campus, Center for Excellence, Surge III, Suite 1350 Davis, CA 95616

Students who are interested should register at:
http://cetl.ucdavis.edu/first-year-seminars/seminars-offered

 

Research in Radiation Biology — RON 199

Special research study for advanced undergraduates.

Instructor: Andrew Vaughan, Ph.D.

Course Duration: 2-4 weeks
Quarters: I, II, III, IV
Units: 3-6
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento VA Medical Center

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For more information or to register: Contact the Course Coordinator, at (916) 734-8252.

 

Independent Study and Research in Therapeutic Radiology — RON 299

Research under supervision of Radiation Oncology faculty. Work must be appropriate to fulfill the requirements for the Ph.D. degree.

Instructor: Andrew Vaughan, Ph.D.

Course Duration: 4-8 weeks
Quarters: I, II, III, IV
Units: 6-12
Location(s): UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sacramento VA Medical Center
Distribution of Students Time: Clinical activity is full time
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

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For more information or to register: Contact the Course Coordinator at (916) 734-8252.

 

Radiobiology Lecture Course — RON 420

Radiobiology Short Course is a series of lectures plus a series of seminars given every other year following the year the Full Radiobiology Course is given. The course consists of one Friday lecture per month.  Lectures are designed to keep the physician residents, physics residents and medical students engaged in learning the principles and concepts of Radiobiology during the year the Radiation Physics Course is given.

Instructor: Andrew Vaughan, Ph.D.

Course Duration: 9 months
Quarters: I, II, III
Units: 1
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

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For more information or to register: Contact  the Course Coordinator at (916) 734-8252.

 

Independent Study and Research in Therapeutic Radiology — RON 499

This course will serve as an advanced-level research seminar for students interested in clinical and/or translational radiation oncology.  The student will be expected to function independently and to work with the course instructor for the purpose of generating a testable hypothesis for scientific research.  This course is open to all UC Davis medical students, and 4th year visiting medical students.

**  Student researchers will be required to complete a mandatory on-line research training prior to being permitted to work on research with a Principal Investigator. **

Instructor: Andrew Vaughan, Ph.D. and Dr. Ruben Fragoso

Course Duration: 2-8 weeks
Quarters: I, II, III, IV
Units: 3-12
Location(s): UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis Comprehensive Cencer Center
Distribution of Students Time: Clinical activity is full time
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

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Physics Courses

Introduction to Radiation Oncology Physics — RON 211

UC Davis Radiation Oncology simulation suite © UC RegentsThe introduction to radiation oncology physics course is an overview of treatment methodologies, medical physics equipment and treatment machines, including calibration, machine quality assurance, patient  dosimetry, and treatment planning.  It also includes simulation and treatment, treatment quality assurance, calculation checks and chart checks as well as brachytherapy.

Instructor: Robin Stern, Ph.D.

Course Duration: two formats available — 4 weeks or 10 weeks
Quarters: I, II, III, IV
Units: 3-6
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Distribution of Students Time: 1st VAR 3-36 hours/week , 2nd LEC 1-2 hours/week
Prerequisites: Open to physics and engineering graduate students and senior undergraduate physics majors.
Not more than threestudents total enrolled in RON 211 at a time.

For more information or to register, call (916) 734-8170.

 

First-Year Seminar in Scientific Integrity  — CRN 55330

Ethical behavior of scientists conducting their research is an integral part of doing good science. What ethical behavior is in specific situations, though, may change throughout history, with cultural background, based on spiritual beliefs, and each person's personal experience. This class will give an introduction into selected areas of science in which ethical questions are encountered. Students will learn about guiding principles the scientific community draws on, the history which generated these principles, current challenges as we explore beyond boundaries of knowledge as well as age-old questions of the integrity of human relations within a team of scientists.

Instructor: Sonja Dieterich, Ph.D.

Course Duration: 8-9 weeks (Letter grade)
Units: 2
Location: UC Davis, Center for Excellence, Surge III, Suite 1350, Davis, CA 95616

Students who are interested should register at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning HERE