Resident Courses, Conferences and Meetings

The UAB Department of Radiation Oncology’s Resident Education Program is accredited through the ACGME. Our students regularly rank among the nation’s best on board scores, and our program is widely recognized to be among the nation’s best.

Curriculum

Required Coursework:

  • Each year physics course (meets three times per week)
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  • Each year radiobiology course (meets once each week)
  • Review course of selected clinical topics (meets once each week)
  • Clinical journal club (meets once each month)
  • Administrative educational courses (each course meets once during the program).
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Additional educational opportunities are available through these regular meetings:

  • Review of new simulations
  • Radiobiology/gene therapy conference
  • Gynecologic oncology conference
  • Head and neck conference
  • Pediatric oncology conference
  • Neuro-oncology conference
  • General tumor board

For more information, please contact Ms. Tracey Cotton-Young at (205) 975-0222.

Supplemental Curriculum

In early 2010 the Department of Radiation Oncology will move into a new state-of-the-art facility which more than doubles the functional clinical, research, and educational space compared to the present facilities at the Wallace Tumor Institute. The new residents’ office in this expansion includes the following:

  • A 442 square-foot Resident Assembly with 13 built-in work stations. Each wood-grained work station will be equipped with a PC, phone, shelving, ergonomic chair, and other office essentials.
  • Our 629 square foot library includes numerous journals, computer workstations with access to online journals and other medical publications, and study carols that are always available to residents.
  • The 2,164 square foot auditorium is designed like a university lecture hall and is to be used for a variety of educational purposes. This center includes all of the latest audiovisual technologies, including video conferencing – for links to any virtual site, a two-way audiovisual connection to our satellite center, and telesynergy – which provides a direct audiovisual link to various medical centers around the world.
  • Two general-use conference rooms, measuring 346 square feet and 190 square feet, and both equipped with video-conferencing and other audiovisual technologies that you’d expect in a large academic medical center facility.
  • A 187 square foot office work center, adjacent to the Resident Assembly, and equipped with color scanning, printing, binding, faxing and other presentation-design functionality.

Associated with this facility expansion, the department has increased clinical and research faculty with plans to add more physician-scientists in the future. Clinical FTE physicians will number 11 on 7/1/2009 with projections to 13 by 2010.

Residents will be required to select one of two training pathways:

  1. Holman pathway
    1. The curriculum for the Holman Pathway is well described on the ACGME and ABR websites. Existing faculty James Bonner, M.D., Christopher Willey M.D., Ph.D. (Holman Pathway graduate), and Eddy Yang, M.D. Ph.D., along with new faculty will serve as mentors for Holman pathway residents. The newly established Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (see below) will provide additional resources for training physician scientists.
  2. Clinical Trials Pathway (supplementary to existing curriculum)
    1. In May 2008, UAB was awarded a 26.9 million dollar grant from NIH to establish the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). As part of this award, additional educational resources now exist at UAB to train young investigators in clinical and translational research. Part of this program includes the Clinical and Translational Sciences Training course. This course is directed at oncology fellows in surgical and medical subspecialties, and residents in radiation oncology have also been invited to participate. This six-month course includes two hours per week of didactic training with lectures and small group discussions on techniques of translational and clinical research. The second component of this course is a mentor-directed research project that is planned and partially completed during this six-month period. Examples of research projects include writing a clinical trial or translational laboratory studies. Residents will be given appropriate time off from clinical duties to fully participate in the course. PGY-3 residents in the residency program enrolled in this course beginning 1/2009. The course outline is attached. PGY-3 resident considered in this course starting 1/2009.
    2. In order to gain first hand knowledge of the clinical trials process, residents will participate in a variety of committee meetings and supplemental lectures. The committee meetings will mirror the clinical trials process at UAB including the steps in clinical trial development, scientific peer review, IRB, clinical trials monitoring, and auditing. Committee meetings include the following:
      1. Disease Oriented Working Group (DOWG) Meeting (3 monthly meetings required, one hour each). The DOWG is the first level of scientific review within the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. At these disease-specific meetings the clinical trials strategies and priorities for specific tumors types are defined. Clinical trial concepts are reviewed and discussed before the trial is written.
      2. Clinical Trials Review Committee (CTRC, 3 meetings required, one hour each). The CTRC is the scientific peer review mechanisms for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. At this meeting experienced investigators from a variety of disciplines provide peer review of clinical trials.
      3. Institutional Review Board (UAB IRB, 1 meeting required, 2 hours).
      4. Clinical Trials Monitoring Committee (CTMC, 3 meetings required, one hour each) The CTMC is the UAB clinical monitoring mechanism for investigator-initiated clinical trials.
      5. Quality Assurance Committee (QAC, one meeting required, one hour, plus one audit). The QAC is led by Dr. Fiveash and is the clinical trial auditing mechanism of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. The residents will assist an experienced faculty member to audit one clinical trial.
      6. Lectures (~one hour each)
        1. Budgeting for clinical trials
        2. FDA and IND
        3. Conflict of Interest
    3. In order to fully participate in the supplemental clinical trials curriculum, residents will be given time away from clinic to fully participate in the CCTS Training Course and the Committee meetings described above.