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INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL COURSE GUIDE



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INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL COURSE GUIDE


2011-2012

The purpose of the Clinical Course Guide is to assist the student in the organization of his/her accomplishments in the clinic. This book will be accessible on-line in the RTT Clinical Internship Blackboard site. All clinical policies and documents are located in this book. Each clinical affiliate site will have a hard copy of this handbook available for your references. The student is responsible for printing out all necessary forms for use in clinical. The student is encouraged to maintain copies of all clinical documents for their personal records, including documentation of work completed and goals met during the two year clinical portion of the Radiation Therapy program.



Please note: The policies identified in this guide may be amended

upon written communication of such changes to students and faculty.


Drafted 6/18/96

Revised 8/99, 8/00, 8/01, 7/02, 8/03, 6/04, 5/05, 8/07, 8,08, 8/09, 8/10, 8/11

MISSION STATEMENT


SCHOOL OF MEDICAL IMAGING & THERAPEUTICS

It is the mission of the School of Medical Imaging & Therapeutics:


To offer high quality collaborative programs in partnership with Boston’s

renowned medical institutions, and to meet societal needs for qualified and competent radiologic health professionals;

To educate and train radiologic health professionals so that they are able to provide expert, reliable, and compassionate health care to their patients;

To promote the development of those intellectual skills and professional attitudes and values necessary for continued learning and growth after graduation;

To provide a collegial atmosphere that fosters the integration of all students in the College community. This integration promotes interaction between students from different programs, enriches their educational experience, and enhances understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different members of the health care team.

Program Objectives


RADIATION THERAPY PROGRAM
The objectives of the full-time 36-month Radiation Therapy Program within the School of Medical Imaging & Therapeutics of the MCPHS School of Health Sciences are:
To prepare the graduate to work effectively in the care and treatment of patients, as a part of a radiation oncology team.
To provide the graduate with sufficient command of basic scientific disciplines (anatomy, physics, and oncology) so that competence as a radiation therapist can develop and improve with increasing clinical experience.
To provide a theoretical foundation for the development of sound judgment in ethical and professional conduct and decision-making.
To develop the graduate’s desire and ability to use scientific procedures for the advancement of radiation therapy.
To provide the graduate with an understanding of the profession of radiation therapy, and the avenues for development and growth within it.
To develop recognition of continuing education as a requirement maintaining professionalism.

Program Curriculum

The curriculum of the three-year BS in Medical Imaging & Therapeutics with a major in Radiation Therapy program involves two phases of instruction: classroom instruction and the clinical internship. The degree to which the student's time is devoted to the internship is outlined below:


First Year
Classroom Instruction - During the first year of instruction students in the Radiation Therapy Program complete general education, basic science and introductory professional courses taught by MCPHS faculty.
Clinical Internship - During the first year of instruction, students in the RT Program are required to complete Orientation to Radiologic Sciences, a course that teaches the student specific medical terminology vocabulary and exposes the student to the clinical radiation oncology area in a radiation oncology department within an affiliated clinical institution. The goal of this experience is to familiarize the student with clinical settings in which s(he) will complete their clinical internships during the second and third years of the RT Program. This orientation period takes place at any one of the Program’s affiliated clinical sites under the direct supervision of clinical supervisors.
Second Year
Classroom Instruction - The second year contains a mix of basic science, introductory, and professional courses. Expert clinicians drawn from MCPHS-affiliated clinical institutions are used to teach the professional courses. Each clinician holds a position as an adjunct faculty member of the College at the academic rank of instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor.
Clinical Internship - The internship period during the second year of the RT Program requires each student to spend approximately 720 hours in the affiliated clinical institutions under the direct supervision of a clinical supervisor in a radiation oncology department. These hours are accumulated on a semester-by-semester basis.
Third Year
 Classroom Instruction - All professional courses offered students during the third year of the RT Program are taught by adjunct faculty drawn from MCPHS-affiliated clinical education centers.
 Clinical Internship - The internship period during the third year of the RT Program requires each student to complete approximately 720 hours of experiential learning in the clinical setting under the direct supervision of a clinical supervisor. A student is assigned to a clinical site based on the judgment of the program director and the needs of the student on a semester-by-semester basis.
Based upon the above information, each student should complete approximately 1440 hours of clinical internship over the period of the program. The total number of semester credits earned and required for the BS degree during the three-year period of time is 123/124. (This number of credits is contingent on math [by placement]).





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