Radiation Oncology (RAD ONCOL)

RAD ONCOL 130.01  CIEx - Radiation Oncology Apprenticeship  (1.5-3 Units)  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer  

Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects, Lab skills, Lab science, Conference, Discussion

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. On Attending-Resident paired services, students will assist with components of the Radiation Oncology care pathway, including initial patient consultation, interdisciplinary discussion, radiotherapy planning/delivery, and patient follow up.

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  • School: Medicine
  • Department: Radiation Oncology
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: No
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? No

RAD ONCOL 140.01  Radiation Oncology Clerkship  (6-8 Units)  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer  

Prerequisite(s): MEDICINE 110

Restrictions: None

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects, Lab skills, Lab science, Conference, Discussion

Mentored by residents and faculty, students will perform H&Ps on patients under evaluation for radiation therapy (mostly cancer patients), participate in clinics, attend teaching conferences, chart rounds, and tumor boards, and have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of radiotherapeutic approaches. Students have the option of giving a 20-60 minute presentation on a topic of their choice toward the end of the rotation.

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  • School: Medicine
  • Department: Radiation Oncology
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: No
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? No

RAD ONCOL 140.02  Off-Campus Clerkship  (3-6 Units)  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer  

Prerequisite(s): MEDICINE 110

Restrictions: None

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects

Students will perform H&Ps on patients under evaluation for radiation therapy (mostly cancer patients), participate in clinics, attend teaching conferences, and have the opportunity to observe a variety of radiotherapeutic approaches.

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  • School: Medicine
  • Department: Radiation Oncology
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: No
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? No

RAD ONCOL 140.03  Virtual Radiation Oncology  (3 Units)  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer  

Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: 4th year students in good Academic Standing

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects, Lab skills, Lab science, Conference, Discussion

Via remote distance learning and Telehealth approaches, students perform histories & physicals (H&Ps) on cancer patients, participate in discussions of treatment recommendations, attend tumor boards, teaching conferences, and clinics, and have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of radiotherapeutic techniques.

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  • School: Medicine
  • Department: Radiation Oncology
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: No
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? No

RAD ONCOL 150.01  Research in Radiation Oncology  (3-24 Units)  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer  

Prerequisite(s): UCSF students only. Consent of faculty member in charge of students research project and approval of UME and coordinator.

Restrictions: UCSF students only.

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects, Lab skills, Lab science, Conference, Discussion

Students participate in individual radiation oncology clinical or laboratory research under the close supervision of individual staff instructors.

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  • School: Medicine
  • Department: Radiation Oncology
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: No
  • Is this a web-based online course? Yes
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? Yes
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? No
  • Repeat course for credit? Yes

RAD ONCOL 198  Supervised Study  (1-6 Units)  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer  

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor preceptor and approval of third- and fourth-year coordinator.

Restrictions: Medical students only

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects, Lab skills, Lab science, Conference, Discussion

Focused study and directed reading under supervision of a member of the faculty with the approval of the chairperson of the department.

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  • School: Medicine
  • Department: Radiation Oncology
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: No
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? No
  • Repeat course for credit? Yes

RAD ONCOL 235A  Radiation Therapy Physics I  (3 Units)  Fall  

Instructor(s): Adam CunhaAdam Cunha also teaches: RAD ONCOL 236, RAD ONCOL 235C, RAD ONCOL 235B

Prerequisite(s): The course expects knowledge of radiation detection and measurement.

Restrictions: None

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects, Lab skills, Lab science, Conference, Discussion

The two quarters of this course series (235 A and B) cover the fundamentals of the physics of radiation therapy: the physics of radiation interactions relevant to radiation therapy, the machines that produce this radiation, the measurement of radiation quantities, and dose calculation. The physics of photon, electron, proton, and ion beams, brachytherapy, and hyperthermia are covered. Monte Carlo techniques are introduced as well as the basics of machine commissioning.

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  • School: Graduate Division
  • Department: Bioengineering Program
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: Letter Grade, P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: Yes
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? Yes

RAD ONCOL 235B  Radiation Therapy Physics II  (3 Units)  Winter  

Instructor(s): Adam CunhaAdam Cunha also teaches: RAD ONCOL 236, RAD ONCOL 235C, RAD ONCOL 235A

Prerequisite(s): 235A

Restrictions: None

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects, Lab skills, Lab science, Conference, Discussion

The two quarters of this course series (235 A and B) cover the fundamentals of the physics of radiation therapy: the physics of radiation interactions relevant to radiation therapy, the machines that produce this radiation, the measurement of radiation quantities, and dose calculation. The physics of photon, electron, proton, and ion beams, brachytherapy, and hyperthermia are covered. Monte Carlo techniques are introduced as well as the basics of machine commissioning.

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  • School: Graduate Division
  • Department: Bioengineering Program
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: Letter Grade, P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: Yes
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? Yes

RAD ONCOL 235C  Clinical Rotation in Radiation Therapy Physics  (3 Units)  Spring  

Instructor(s): Adam CunhaAdam Cunha also teaches: RAD ONCOL 236, RAD ONCOL 235B, RAD ONCOL 235A

Prerequisite(s): Radiation Oncology 235A and 235B

Restrictions: None

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects

This course will provide exposure to clinical medical physics activities commonly encountered in radiation oncology clinics. The student will rotate through various treatment modalities in the Radiation Oncology clinic to become familiar with medical physics procedures involved. The course will be divided into multi-week blocks. During each block the student will participate in clinical activities of a single service under the mentorship of one physics faculty.

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  • School: Graduate Division
  • Department: Bioengineering Program
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? Yes
  • Course Grading Convention: P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: Yes
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? Yes

RAD ONCOL 236  Special Topics in Basic and Translational Medical Physics  (1.5 Units)  Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer  

Instructor(s): Adam CunhaAdam Cunha also teaches: RAD ONCOL 235C, RAD ONCOL 235B, RAD ONCOL 235A

Prerequisite(s): None. Completion of first year curriculum in Medical Physics or another experimental physics graduate program is helpful, but not essential.

Restrictions: None

Activities: Lecture, Seminar, Clinical, Fieldwork, Independent Study, Project, Web work, Workshop, Practical Experience, Special Projects, Lab skills, Lab science, Conference, Discussion

Each lecture/seminar offering will focus on the literature of a current important area of the physics of radiation oncology. Residents and students will be expected to read assigned papers critically before class and to present and discuss papers in class. These may include topics in Monte Carlo simulation, thermal therapy, treatment imaging, dose calculation / dose treatment planning, brachytherapy, external beam therapy. Each quarter will cover different topics to stay current with the field.

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  • School: Graduate Division
  • Department: Bioengineering Program
  • May the student choose the instructor for this course? No
  • Does enrollment in this course require instructor approval? No
  • Course Grading Convention: P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
  • Graduate Division course: Yes
  • Is this a web-based online course? No
  • Is this an Interprofessional Education (IPE) course? No
  • May students in the Graduate Division (i.e. pursuing Master or PhD) enroll in this course? Yes
  • Repeat course for credit? Yes