Didactics

Over the course of the academic year, all sites and diseases are discussed in didactic sessions for residents.

All residents are excused from clinical duties every Friday morning for didactic sessions held at Emory. In addition, the individual sites and attending physicians may provide lectures or informal teaching to residents rotating there.

  • An attending led didactic occurs every Tuesday morning.
  • Multi-disciplinary Winship Cancer Institute Grand Rounds occur each Wednesday morning.
  • Each Friday morning, there are department chart rounds, resident didactics where one resident presents a patient’s history and physical examination, key findings on imaging and reviews the literature on that topic including epidemiology, workup, pertinent clinical findings and treatment. Attending physicians serve as the moderators of these conferences.
  • Physics and radiation biology lectures also are given each Friday morning.
  • A physics lecture series is given by the Division of Medical Physics and consists of one session each Friday for the entire academic year. Residents are trained in superficial and megavoltage external beam radiation therapy as well as low- and high-dose rate brachytherapy. Imaging lectures are also included in the series. The primary textbook is The Physics of Radiation Therapy by F. M. Khan. Examinations are given according to a syllabus customized for each year.
  • There is a radiation biology lecture series given throughout the year by Cancer Biology and Clinical Divisions. The textbook is Radiobiology for the Radiologist by Eric Hall. There are mid-term and final examinations in this course.
  • There is a monthly journal club.

Residents are also encouraged to attend other tumor boards and departmental lectures when clinic duties permit.