Fellowships, Residencies & CME

Department of Radiation Oncology Observership Program

In support of its education mission, the Department of Radiation Oncology at MGH offers visitors the opportunity to gain exposure to the wide variety of topics in radiation oncology and to observe our professional staff in practice through its Observership Program.

OverviewObserverships are informal educational experiences for health care professionals looking to gain exposure to areas such as clinical care, dosimetry, medical physics, proton therapy, and photon therapy, within the field of radiation oncology.   Observers also have the opportunity to attend chart rounds, lectures, and educational seminars within the department.  Each observership is tailored to the interests and the needs of the visitor.   Observerships are not eligible to be considered as academic or clinical credit and cannot be considered formal training.

Please be advised that in an observership, visitors are not allowed to physically engage with any patients or advise on any cases; visitors will strictly be observing / shadowing our staff and will not be receiving access to any Partners systems or patient records.  Participation in our observership program does not have any bearing on any pending or future internship / fellowship / job applications. The MGH Radiation Oncology Observership Program is not affiliated with any Harvard Medical School program(s). Observer will not have access to MGH/PHS computer systems. This would include network login, direct access to any clinical applications that contain protected health information, an MGH email or a listing in the MGH/PHS telephone directory Upon successful completion of an observership program, visitors will receive a certificate of attendance.  Please note that proficiency of the English language is required for all visitors engaging in educational activities at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

How to Apply

Interested observers are requested to fill out an application and to submit a packet of information, including a copy of their CV and letters of references.  Observership requests will be accepted based on the department's ability to meet the requester's educational objectives and availability of staff during the requested period of the observership.  Recommended length of observerships is from one day to two weeks (10 working days).  Upon receipt of all application materials, the Department of Radiation Oncology will contact the prospective observer with a decision on whether the observership has been approved.  Please note that, under most circumstances, a fee will be charged for the visit (a minimum of $1k/day or $3k/week).  Additionally, observers are responsible for their personal transportation, accommodations, meals, medical insurance, required immunizations and any other personal expenses incurred while at the MGH.

ContactPlease contact Amanda Maidment, Education Coordinator, (amaidment@partners.org) for application materials and with any questions at least three months before the requested start date.

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