Academic Life

We strive to integrate hands-on clinical care, didactic teaching, academic conferences, and many other educational resources as pedagogic tools across the spectrum of cancer care. Together these offer the resident a well-rounded, integrated educational foundation.


Structured intradepartmental weekly and monthly conferences and brown-bag lunches as well as a variety of interdepartmental teaching rounds and site-specific tumor boards at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center provide a wealth of educational experiences. 

Residents are expected to participate in:

  • Advanced-technology seminars (twice monthly)
  • Medicine Grand Rounds (schedules permitting)
  • Medicine Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Rounds (schedules permitting)
  • Norris Cotton Cancer Care Pavilion Lebanon Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Radiation Oncology Journal Club (quarterly)
  • Radiation Oncology M&M Rounds (monthly)
  • Radiation Oncology QA/QI meetings (monthly)
  • Section-wide chart rounds reviewing new cases (weekly)
  • Site-specific tumor boards (typically 1 to 3 per week – see below)
  • Weekly conferences during PGY-2 and PGY-3, covering radiation physics and radiobiology, respectively
  • Weekly resident teaching conferences

On average we expect the resident will attend 1 to 3 hours of Tumor Boards every week while on a clinical service, yielding 150+ hours of multi-disciplinary teaching and experience over the 3 clinical years. In addition, the resident will likely attend further Tumor Boards during his or her elective time. Tumor Boards at the Norris Cotton Cancer Care Pavilion Lebanon include:

  • Breast (Weekly)
  • CNS (Weekly)
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma (Monthly)
  • Endocrine (Monthly)
  • Gastrointestinal (Weekly)
  • Genitourinary (Weekly)
  • Gynecologic (Monthly)
  • Head & Neck (Weekly)
  • Lymphoma (Weekly)
  • Melanoma (Twice monthly)
  • Molecular (Monthly)
  • Pediatric (Weekly)
  • Pituitary (Monthly)
  • Sarcoma (Twice monthly)
  • Thoracic (Weekly)

Educational resources

Additional resources are numerous, including (for example) free access to electronic library databases and physical libraries, textbook budgets, and support for travel to courses and conferences.

  • Residents will be provided their own dedicated conference and office space on the Lebanon campus, with V-Tel capabilities for connection to affiliate campuses. 
  • Radiation oncology residents will have electronic access to thousands of academic journals through Dartmouth's Biomedical Libraries resource, including both specialty-specific and broad-based journals. 
  • The resident will be provided with an academic budget for textbooks, travel to conferences, and the like, with support from both Dartmouth’s GME office and our own Section’s funds.
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed directly by the Section for posters and presentations at national meetings at which the resident is first-author.
  • Each resident also will be provided time and funding to attend 1 national meeting annually.
  • In addition, time away and funding will be provided for 1 ABR Core Exam Review Course during the residency (usually taken in PGY-5). 

Peer support

As our residency program grows, with the addition of another PGY-2 resident each year, supportive interaction among our residents is expected to build over time. Upon reaching the PGY-5 year, the Chief Resident will have significant educational responsibilities towards his/her junior colleagues. A solid, supportive collegial atmosphere will be encouraged and fostered. As there will be only 1 resident in a given academic year, we expect that will minimize perceptions of competition and maximize opportunities for teaching, learning, and growth.

Interaction with residents from other oncology specialties will occur formally through tumor boards and while on consulting services, including residents and fellows in Hematology and Oncology, Neurosurgery, Urology, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Thoracic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, and Anatomic Pathology, to name but a few. Also, periodically, residents and fellows from oncology-related programs at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (e.g. medical oncology, palliative care, internal medicine, surgery, and diagnostic radiology) rotate through the Section of Radiation Oncology. These trainees will interact closely with residents in the Radiation Oncology program on a daily basis.

Broad interaction across the resident community will be encouraged through interdisciplinary learning, invitations to interested residents and fellows to attend resident presentations and journal clubs, and also through Section-, Norris Cotton Cancer Care Pavilion Lebanon-, hospital-, and medical school-sponsored academic and social events.

The Section sponsors several social events each year, including an annual holiday party and a summer outdoor bash. Faculty and residents have periodic Section-sponsored dinners from time to time. In addition, many social venues are available for residents in conjunction with other departments and across the hospital.