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Department of Radiation Oncology
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology works in collaboration with Suffolk University and the University of Vermont to educate and provide clinical training for students working toward degrees in radiation therapy and medical biophysics degrees. Suffolk University Medical Science ProgramUniversity of Vermont Radiation Therapy ProgramStudents learn the art and importance of teamwork while working with all the groups within the specialty of radiation oncology, including radiation oncologists, oncology nurses, medical dosimetrists and physicists. The extensive list of treatment options allows students to obtain broad experience while on assignment here. Our broad list of treatments includes: Intensity-modulated radiation therapy Intraoperative radiation therapy Proton beam therapy Brachytherapy Stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgeryMassachusetts General Hospital additionally provides their students with experience in state of the art technology including: Ultrasound use in setting up prostate patients IGRT (Image-guided radiation therapy) Vision RT The program is highly selective with a limited number of internship opportunities available per academic year. Students integrate classroom theory with patient care by completing over 1300 clinical contact hours. Because Mass General offers such unique and/or advanced treatment modalities, our students gain experience treating common as well as extremely rare cancers. The collective goal is to ensure patients receive the best possible medical care with the best possible outcomes. By the end of the internship, many of the students remain employed at the hospital or they are placed in other academic centers throughout the United States.
Suffolk University provides an opportunity to train as a radiation therapist in a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year post-baccalaureate certificate program.
Students are accepted into our training program in the junior year of their program at Suffolk University. These candidates must have a minimum 2.8 GPA to be interviewed for the available openings. In addition to an interview, students will complete on the day of the interview a math assessment exam, and a writing sample. If accepted into the clinical track, they will begin to prepare for their clinical internship in the fall semester, following the interview.
Program Overview - Radiation Biology Clinical Track
Junior YearChemistry I and II with associated labsCell BiologyIntroduction to Clinical RadiationRadiation Physics I with LabClinical Radiation I with lab (consisting of 2, 8 hour days per week in the clinic)Radiation Physics IISenior YearSummer practicum: 11.5 weeks of full time clinical hours (May to August)Clinical Radiation II and lab ( 3, 8 hr days in the clinic)Oncology and Pathology (team taught by HMS residents)Radiology for Radiation TherapyBiostatisticsClinical III and lab (3, 8 hr days per week)Clinical DosimetryRadiation BiologySenior Seminar
To apply for the Suffolk University Medical Sciences Program, contact:Jessica Mac M.S., R.T. (T)Radiation Sciences Program DirectorSuffolk University41 Temple StreetBoston, MA 02114Telephone: 617-305-1995Fax: 617-367-5063Email: email@example.com
To apply for the University of Vermont Radiation Therapy Program, contact:UVM Admissions OfficeProspect StreetBurlington, VT 05401Telephone: 802-656-3370Fax: 802-656-8611Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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