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Program Description

The Program in Medical Dosimetry within the  MD Anderson School of Health Professions is supported by the Department of Radiation Physics within the Division of Radiation Oncology. The division's clinical, office and research facilities occupy more than 77,000 square feet, of which 12,000 square feet are used for treatment rooms. MD Anderson is one of the largest cancer centers in the world and its Department of Radiation Oncology treats more than 4,000 new patients annually. The program uses these resources to enhance the student experience, both didactically and clinically.

The Program in Medical Dosimetry is accredited by the:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
20 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL, 60606
Telephone: (312) 704-5300
mail@jrcert.org
www.jrcert.org

National certification exams are given by the:
Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board (MDCB)
15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Toll Free: 866-813-MDCB (6322)

Mission

To provide the highest quality of didactic and technologically advanced clinical education in Medical Dosimetry, graduating professional practitioners that are valued by radiation oncology employers, display quality treatment planning and assessment skills and remain active in the professional community and learning throughout their careers.

Vision

We shall be the premier educational program in medical dosimetry by providing innovative curricular, clinical and continuing education services to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the state of Texas and the world.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be clinically competent.
  2. Students will display critical thinking skills.
  3. Students will practice ethically and determine the importance of professional growth.
  4. Students will display effective communication skills.
  5. The program will provide the community with entry level medical dosimetrists.

Goal:  Clinical Competence
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will produce treatable plans.
2. Students will demonstrate understanding of basic science concepts required for site specific treatment planning.

Goal:  Critical Thinking
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will correct errors in radiation calculations and determine dose correction.
2. Students will adequately respond to challenges about the optimal nature of their treatment plans.
3. Students will show the ability to perform multiple tasks in a timely manner.
4. Students will demonstrate an improvement in their critical thinking skills.

Goal:   Professionalism
Student Learning Outcomes
1.  Students will display professional conduct.
2. Students will demonstrate lifelong learning.
3.  Students will display understanding of their professional codes of ethics.
4.  Students will understand cultural diversity.

Goal:  Communication Skills
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will demonstrate written communication skills
2. Students will demonstrate oral communication skills.

Curriculum

Didactic classes include:

  • Orientation to Radiation Oncology
  • Topographic Anatomy
  • Aspects of Radiation Therapy
  • Physics for Medical Dosimetrists
  • Scientific Paper and Poster Presentation
  • Oncology Pathology
  • Brachytherapy Theory and Practice
  • Radiation Biology
  • Radiation Safety and Protection

Please see the Health Professions Student Catalog for a review of the objectives of the MD Anderson Program in Medical Dosimetry. The review concludes with a description of the clinical experience.

In addition, the Catalog contains further  information about the program's curriculum as well as course descriptions.


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