This is a one-year non-ACGME fellowship program designed to familiarize the trainee with the indications for, techniques of, and results from proton radiation therapy treatment. Trainees will spend 9 - 12 months of the year on clinical radiation oncology services which incorporate proton radiation therapy. Up to three months of the year may be spent on clinical, physics, or biology research projects related to proton radiation therapy. While on clinical service, fellows will be expected to evaluate new and follow up patients, with an emphasis on those with consideration for proton radiation therapy, and provide comprehensive related care and coordination for those and other service patients. These responsibilities include presentation of patients for discussion at Proton Rounds and attendance at multidisciplinary patient management conferences (i.e. Sarcoma Conference, Brain Tumor Conference, etc.), and actively participate in all aspects of the treatment planning process. Currently, there is one fellow accepted per year for the proton fellowship position with a term of one year. The fellow will be given an appointment as Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Clinical rotations will generally consist of clinical responsibilities caring for new and follow up patients, and patients undergoing radiation therapy. Significant time will be spent in image review with radiology and in radiation therapy planning and other clinical relevant activities. Clinical rotations for the fellow will be selected by the program director. The currently common rotations will include Central Nervous System, Base of Skull, Head and Neck and Sarcoma. These will generally be 10 weeks in length. Other clinical rotations may be selected based upon availability and relevance and interest by the fellow. All rotations will occur at MGH. Fellows will not bill for their services; billing will be performed by the attending radiation oncologist supervising the fellow.
These can span clinical, physics, and biologic research opportunities. Clinical research opportunities include involvement in ongoing, IRB-approved proton clinical trials, the opportunity to write new clinical trial protocols in conjunction with radiation oncology attendings, and participate in the collection, analysis, and preparation of IRB-approved clinical research studies evaluating clinical proton radiation therapy. Opportunities are available to collaborate with proton physicists studying clinically relevant proton physics questions (i.e. treatment planning comparisons of protons versus photons). Similar opportunities are available to collaborate with radiation biologist studying clinically relevant proton radiobiology questions (i.e. relative biologic effectiveness of protons compared to photons). Harvard guidelines for presentation and authorship will be used.
Fellows are allotted four weeks of vacation time. Fellows are not scheduled to take evening, night or weekend call. Competitive salary and benefits.
Interested candidates are invited to apply with a letter of interest, CV and 3 letters of reference to Amanda Maidment, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
The MGH Department of Radiation Oncology requires completion of an ACGME accredited residency in Radiation Oncology by the start date of the fellowship.