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 (https://registrar.washington.edu/staffandfaculty/religious-accommodations-policy/). Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (https://registrar.washington.edu/students/religious-accommodations-request/).
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 (https://registrar.washington.edu/students/religious-accommodations-request/) 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 http://www.uwmedicine.org/education/Pages/body-fluid-exposure.aspx.