Our program integrates 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 the resident attends 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 attends 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)
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 are provided their own dedicated conference and office space on the Lebanon campus, with V-Tel capabilities for connection to affiliate campuses.
- Radiation oncology residents have electronic access to thousands of academic journals through Dartmouth's Biomedical Libraries resource, including both specialty-specific and broad-based journals.
- The resident are 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 are reimbursed directly by the Section for posters and presentations at national meetings at which the resident is first-author.
- Each resident is provided time and funding to attend 1 national meeting annually.
- In addition, time away and funding are provided for 1 ABR Core Exam Review Course during the residency (usually taken in PGY-5).
Supportive interaction amongst our residents is the norm in our program. Upon reaching the PGY-5 year, the Chief Resident has significant educational responsibilities towards his/her junior colleagues. A solid, supportive collegial atmosphere is encouraged and fostered. As there is only 1 resident in a given academic year, this minimizes competition and maximizes opportunities for teaching, learning, and growth
Interaction with residents from other oncology specialties occurs 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 interact closely with residents in the Radiation Oncology program on a daily basis.
Broad interaction across the resident community is encouraged through interdisciplinary learning, invitations to interested residents and fellows to attend resident presentations and journal clubs, and also through Section-, Cancer Center-, 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.