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Medical Students

The University of Washington Department of Radiation Oncology welcomes rotating medical students. One month in person and two week virtual clerkships are available. We welcome students both from the University of Washington and other schools of medicine. In the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic we are not offering in person visiting clerkships, but virtual clerkships are available.

The goal of rotations in our department is to introduce students to radiation oncology and its role in the management of patients with cancer. We expect rotating students to improve their skills in taking a focused history and physical examination, particularly with emphasis on the cancer-specific details. We hope that at the end of the rotation, students will have a better sense of how and when radiation may play a role in the treatment of a patient, and when it may not. This requires not only understanding some nuances of radiation oncology, but also the disciplines of surgical and medical oncology, as well as our coordination of treatment with other services such as pain management, nutrition and rehabilitation.

Students interested in the virtual clerkship should apply through the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO®).

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy ( Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (

In order to plan accommodations that will avoid possible delays in course/clerkship end dates, UW SOM recommends students complete the Religious Accommodation Request Form ( in advance of the start date of their course or clerkship.

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure/Needleprick

For current information regarding what to do for a needleprick, or if you are exposed to a bloodborne pathogen during your clerkship experience, visit

Opportunities for University of Washington School of Medicine Students

1st & 2nd Year Students


This is a no-credit opportunity designed to introduce you to the basics of radiation oncology and help you decide if you want to look into it further. Medical students will work alongside attendings and residents to gain valuable insight into the collaborative nature of caring for patients with cancer.

Preceptorship (R ONC 505P)

This for-credit opportunity works best for students who may already have this specialty on their short list and would like to take a more in-depth look. Medical students will work alongside attendings and residents to gain valuable insight into the collaborative nature of caring for patients with cancer.

3rd Year Students

Independent Study/Research (R Onc 600)

Available to medical students and graduate students enrolled at the University of Washington seeking credit for research.

Clinical Cancer Management (R Onc 695)

This course is available to MS3 students, but ONLY with pre-approval of the clerkship director. Please contact Yvonne White ( if you are interested in speaking with the clerkship director.

4th Year Students

Clinical Cancer Management (R Onc 695)

This course is available to MS4 students who are interesting in going into radiation oncology and adjacent fields.

Radiation Oncology Special Elective (R Onc 697)

This course is intended for University of Washington medical students seeking to do an away elective in radiation oncology. Permission of clerkship director required.

Opportunities for Visiting Medical Students

The University of Washington participates in the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service.  All visiting students interested in rotating in our department must complete an application through VSAS and be approved by the University of Washington School of Medicine’s visiting student program, before the department will review your application.

Visiting medical student can apply through VSAS to enroll in R ONC 695P. No other courses are available to visiting medical students. Completing a rotation in our department does not guarantee interviews in our residency selection process.

To check status of your application, contact:

Opportunities for University of Washington Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Research (R ONC 499)

This course is open to undergraduate students in the biological or physical sciences an provides opportunities in clinical or laboratory investigation in radiation oncology, radiation physic, or computer-related research. Student participation in ongoing or with new projects.