Radiation Oncology at UCSD for Medical Students

The Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences is situated in the UCSD Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla, CA which fosters a team-based approach to oncology care. We are a rapidly expanding department with 13 attending radiation oncologists at the main center, each of whom specializes in 1-2 disease sites. We also have 3 satellite locations (Encinitas, 4S Ranch/Rancho Bernardo, and South Bay) which provide a more general experience for trainees. We offer IMRT and image-guided RT (our department’s leadership helped pioneer IMRT in gynecologic cancer), linac-based SRS, SBRT, and both LDR brachytherapy (prostate only) and HDR brachytherapy (cervical, prostate, breast, and H&N). We have significant pediatric patient volumes from Rady Children’s Hospital, and are affiliated with the Scripps Proton Center where many of our children are treated with proton therapy. Our department encourages medical education and research, so we are eager to welcome medical students interested in radiation oncology to experience all we have to offer.

1st and 2nd year medical students

We can offer clinical shadowing experiences for early UCSD medical students with an early interest in radiation oncology.

3rd and 4th year medical students

The 3rd year program (RMAS 410) comes as part of a 2-week subspecialty selective for UCSD students during their core surgery clerkship.

The 4th year program (RMAS 429) consists of a 4-week rotation which offers a comprehensive experience to UCSD and non-UCSD medical students. These electives will offer a diverse experience in radiation oncology in the clinical outpatient setting. From June-October this rotation is geared toward students interested in going into radiation oncology (due to limited space), though we are happy to have students going into other fields throughout the winter and spring. Students will spend time with attending physicians, see patients, participate in treatment planning, and attend weekly education sessions (See our live Google calendar).

We can accommodate 4th year medical students from outside institutions but space is limited. Interested students can find more information here, and apply through VSAS. Students will need to have a car for transportation to different clinic sites. For visiting students, a UCSD ID will be provided so a temporary parking pass can be purchased for the month.

The 3rd year students will rotate primarily at our main campus in La Jolla, and 4th year students will spend three weeks in La Jolla plus one week at one of our satellite facilities around San Diego county, including one day at the Scripps Proton Center. Overall, we hope this rotation will offer students an engaging, educational, and well-rounded experience.

Research

For medical students with an interest in research we offer several opportunities including summer research internships (through the MSTAR program, or NIH Short-Term Research Training Grant program), mentorship with Independent Research Projects (ISP) for UCSD students, or longer-term programs including UCSD’s TL1 institutional training grant. More information about ongoing research in our Department can be found here.

For additional information please contact:

Medical Student Education Coordinator:

Jessica Bazo
UCSD Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0865
jlbazo@ucsd.edu

Director of Medical Student Education:

James Murphy, MD MS
Assistant Professor
UCSD Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0865
j2murphy@ucsd.edu

Assistant Director of Medical Student Education:

Erin Gillespie, MD
Chief Resident
UCSD Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences
Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0865
efgillespie@ucsd.edu