Massachusetts college of pharmacy & health sciences radiation therapy program school of Medical Imaging & Therapeutics Contact Information



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Grievances

The Clinical Internship Grievance policy enables students to work with program faculty to resolve problems that may arise at their clinical internship site in a fair and unbiased manner. If a student has a grievance regarding decisions made during the clinical internship an appeal may be made within ten days of the occurrence as outlined below.


PROCEDURE


  1. The student should first make every effort to resolve the problem/situation through open communication with the Clinical Instructor.

  2. If the student is not satisfied the situation has been resolved he/she should present the problem in writing to the Radiation Therapy Clinical Coordinator at MCPHS within three days.

  3. If the student is not satisfied the situation has been resolved he/she should present the problem in writing to the Radiation Therapy Program Director at MCPHS within three days.

  4. After investigating the situation the Radiation Therapy Program Director will respond to the student in writing, within ten days of receiving the student’s original letter.

  5. If the student is not satisfied with the Radiation Therapy Program Director’s resolution/response then he/she should present the problem, in writing to the Dean, School of Radiologic Sciences within five days.

  6. The Dean, SRS then has ten days to request additional information and must respond to the student’s grievance within 20 days of receiving the student’s original letter.

  7. The decision of the Dean, School of Radiologic Sciences is final.

  8. If the complaining party has exhausted all College channels for resolution of a program-related problem that represents non-compliance with Accreditation Standards, the student should contact the JRCERT at:


Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology


20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900

Chicago, IL 60606-02901

Phone: (312) 704-5300

e-mail: mail@jrcert.org

fax (312) 704-5304
The student may choose to cancel the grievance procedure at any point in the process by notifying the appropriate person, i.e. the Radiation Therapy Program Director, Dean for the School of Health Sciences or the Dean of Students in writing that he/she wishes to cancel the grievance process. Revised 1/04, Reviewed 8/07, 8/09, Reviewed 8/10

Clinical Procedure Lab Practical Description


The Clinical Procedure Lab Practical is designed to supplement the Clinical Internship experience. Clinical labs are additional practice sessions designed to complement the skills obtained during the clinical internships & are conducted by licensed radiation therapists staff members.

Students will be expected to integrate information learned in the clinical setting and didactic classes at the College with the lab practical procedures. Each treatment procedure learned in the clinical setting will be reviewed and broken down in the Clinical Procedure Lab Practical. Students will be expected to read all related material, review treatment port films/DRRs, and review patient records prior to attending each lab.

The lab offers the student an opportunity to learn in a setting without the patient present and is conducted by program adjunct faculty. Labs are scheduled when the treatment units are available

The student will be required to complete a clinical lab survey no later than 48 hours after attending each clinical lab. 8/07, Reviewed 8/10

Student Responsibilities and Limits of Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the RTT student to:

1. Maintain level of required direct supervision by a registered RTT. Working within your scope as a student and not completing any treatment procedures unsupervised.

2. Check prescription daily in the treatment record and conduct a “Time-out” procedure & correct patient identification according to MCPHS program policy.

3. Avoid discussing the health of the patients with the patients themselves.

4. Avoid administering treatments unless specific instructions are given by the radiation oncologist.



  1. Keep complete and accurate records of all treatments carried out in the Radiation Oncology Department.

  2. Keep complete and accurate records of all clinical documentation. Falsifying documentation may lead to disciplinary action.

  3. Do nothing when in doubt about what action to take. When uncertain, question the appropriate staff member, and do not proceed until the orders/set up has been clarified.

  4. Report ALL mistakes to the Therapist Manager immediately.

  5. Report any injuries that occur on duty to the Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Coordinator, and the Program Director.

  6. Complete an incident report according to policy when involved/witnessing a clinical incident.

  7. Have initials in charts co signed by a therapist. It is the responsibility of the student completing the chart to assure this is done before the chart is filed.

  8. Not accept gratuities or "Tips" (monetary compensation) from patients or patient's families.

  9. Exercise honesty and integrity in all interactions.

  10. Use proper English at all times (absolutely no profanity).

15. Use tact, not temper, when dealing with patients, their families, co-workers,

physicians and other medical personnel.

16. Realize that the clinical area is not a place for “goofing off,” gossiping, giggling, etc.

The care and comfort of the patient should always be the first priority!


  1. Maintain professional relationships at all times with clinical staff and patients.

  2. Anticipate the next step in the clinical setting, i.e. identifying patients that are cued in, setting up the treatment room, reviewing the patient record for any daily changes.

  3. Make yourself available to clean up the treatment room & equipment, restock the linen, and ask the staff if there are any unfinished tasks to complete

  4. Escort patient to their OTV visits, to and from the treatment room or any other department as requested by the staff.

  5. Research & study only clinical related information during down time (after all other clinical tasks have been achieved), non RTT class work should not be reviewed during the clinical day.

  6. All cell phones are to be turned off while in clinical and not carried in your clothing or lab coat. You may keep your cell phone in your bag and check it during the lunch break.

  7. Follow all policies and procedures of the RTT program as outlined in the RTT clinical handbook.

  8. Report any abnormal circumstances to the assigned clinical supervisor or radiation oncologist. Revised 8/09, 8/10, 8/11

A copy of the Code of Ethics for Radiologic Technologists is included in this course guide. Familiarize yourself with it, and refer to it as a guide to proper ethical conduct in the Radiation Oncology Department.





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