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



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Clinical Conference Policy



Policy
The student will attend all scheduled conferences including; chart rounds, M&M rounds, professional case presentations and CEU lectures during the clinical day. Individual case presentations by radiation oncology resident physicians. Discussion centers on diagnosis, natural history of disease, work up and staging, treatment rationale, placement of radiation portals, and acute and long-term effects of treatment. This conference is the main teaching tool for the instruction of the radiation oncology residents.
Procedure


  1. The student will be required to attend conferences for educational purposes and fill out a conference documentation form for each date attended.

  2. The student will review topics for discussion with the appropriate staff: physicians, residents, physicists, dosimetrists, nursing, or radiation therapists depending on the topic to research

  3. The student will be responsible for having the documentation signed by the professional

  4. The student will review and save any hand-outs distributed during the conference

  5. The student will have the attendance record reflect the missed clinical time to attend conferences

  6. Students will be expected to attend conferences that may be held during the lunch hour and are not expected to take an additional hour off from the clinical day.


Revised 8/06, 8/09, Revised 8/10
School of Medical Imaging & Therapeutics

Department of Radiation Therapy Program



Clinical Conference Documentation Form

STUDENT:________________________


CLINICAL SITE:___________________
NAME OF

CONFERENCE/ROUNDS:___________


DATE:____________________________
CLINICAL SUPERVISOR SIGNATURE:_________________________

Topic/patients discussed:

Information/Education for review:

Students will be expected to attend conferences that may be held during the lunch hour and are not expected to take an additional hour off from the clinical day.

*falsifying attendance is a violation of ethics and program policies
Revised 8/06, 8/09, 8/11
Radiation Protection

Radiation Safety


Goal
The student will gain clinical experience in the practice of radiation protection and brachytherapy procedures through a two week rotation in the radiation safety office. This experience will be gained through observation of and providing assistance to the RSO team.

Professional Behaviors
Reporting to clinical assignment and assumed clinical duties at assigned time

Observing all aspects of Radiation Safety Officer's role

Utilizing clinical time to achieve clinical objectives

Demonstrating self-direction in completing clinical objectives


Knowledge
Describe requirements and responsibilities for a RSO

List objectives of a radiation protection program and demonstrate ability to document same

Interpret personnel monitoring reports

State examples of personnel and area radiation monitors

Describe the theory and operation, demonstrate use of the following personnel and area monitors: ring badges, film badges, pocket ionization chambers, TLD’s

GM counter, cutie pie

Identify the applications, advantages and limitations of each of the above devices

Identify controlled/uncontrolled areas and acceptable exposure limits for each

State national/state radiation limits in controlled/uncontrolled areas

State when a radiation survey should be done

Identify who should conduct the survey

List conditions and locations evaluated in an area survey

Identify personnel to be notified in case of isotope loss or damage

Describe “RADIATION AREA” signs

Appropriate placement of “RADIATION AREA” signs

Appropriate storage methods brachytherapy sources

Source inventory procedures

Maintenance, use and cleaning of brachytherapy applicators

Leak testing of brachytherapy sources

Treatment Planning

DOSIMETRY



Policy
The student will rotate through the physics/dosimetry departments to gain knowledge regarding the treatment planning of patient radiation therapy fields. A basic understanding of treatment planning concepts are necessary for a quality radiation therapy education.
Procedure
1. The student will be required to do a three week dosimetry rotation during RTT 203C Summer clinical internship

2. The student will be required to do a second dosimetry rotation in RTT 305C Spring clinical internship.

3. The student will introduce themselves to the dosimetry staff during the first week of clinical and confirm the dates for the assignment.

4. The student will meet with the dosimetry staff during the first week of clinical to review the competency and evaluation forms for that rotation.

5. If the dosimetry staff is unable to meet with the student during the scheduled weeks, the student and the staff will discuss and agree upon different dates and notify the Clinical Coordinator in writing of those changes.

6. It is the responsibility of the student to forward to the staff the correct evaluation forms and request staff to grade the student performance.

7. The student will submit the dosimetry objective form, and the evaluation form to the Clinical Coordinator when turning in all clinically related documentation.

8. The student will complete objectives for the Mould Room as required by the ARRT during one dosimetry rotation (does not have to be repeated in second dosimetry rotation)


Revised 2010

RADIATION THERAPY PROGRAM

Clinical Competency Evaluation  Treatment Planning

Student Name:______________________________ Date:____________________


Evaluated by:_________________________________ Department:______________
This evaluation is to be filled out and reviewed with the student during the last week of their clinical rotation.
Preceptors are asked to evaluate students’ professional behavior and communication skills by identifying how well the student met expectations of performance in each criterion.
Expectations of performance are:

Consistently exceeded (Exc) Consistently met (M) Not consistently met (NC)
OVERALL performance in each area is to be ranked using the following scale:

outstanding above average average below average unsatisfactory
Ratings of outstanding or unsatisfactory must be accompanied by comments.

______________________________________________________________________________



PROFESSIONALISM

Students shall demonstrate professional behavior, motivation and intellectual curiosity:



Expectations were

Exc

M

NC

Professional appearance-complies with dress code

a. wears personal radiation monitor at all times












Cooperates with dosimetrists










Interacts courteously with other medical personnel










Uses appropriate language (proper grammar, no slang, profanity, etc.)










Maintains patient confidentiality










Follows chain of command when addressing conflicts










Assuming clinical duties at assigned time










Notifying staff prior to absence/tardiness










Informing staff of whereabouts at all times during assigned hours










Relaying messages promptly










Respects the professional knowledge/skills of nurses










Seeks staff assessment of progress










Acts on staff assessment and suggestions for improvement










Concentrates on learning rather than social climate










Reviewed rotation objectives with staff










Observes all aspects of dosimetrist’s role










Demonstrates self-direction in completing clinical objectives










Utilizes clinical time to complete clinical assignments











Demonstration of professional behavior:
outstanding above average average below average unsatisfactory

Demonstration of motivation:

outstanding above average average below average unsatisfactory


Demonstration of staff communication skills:

outstanding above average average below average unsatisfactory



COMMENTS:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Areas of Strength:
Areas needing Improvement:
Preceptor/Instructor:__________________________________________________
Student:_____________________________________________________________

(Signature indicates only that evaluation has been reviewed.)


Student comments: (Please attach additional sheet if necessary.)


RADIATION THERAPY PROGRAM



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