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OSU CVM Radiation Oncology Elective


During this 2 week elective, basic principles of radiotherapy, radiobiology, treatment planning and oncologic imaging will be reviewed in the context of the Radiation Oncology service. The following are the specific objectives of the elective:

  1. Understand how radiation therapy works: the interaction of radiation in the body,why radiation kills cells, and why radiation can be used to treat tumors.
  2. Acquire a basic understanding of which tumor types can be treated with radiation andconsiderations for treatment planning.
  3. Understand the side effects of radiation and their management.
  4. Become familiar with the anesthesia for radiation therapy patients.


  • During this two-week elective, the student will be participating in the daily management and treatment of radiation therapy patients.
  • The student will assist the radiation therapytechnicians, resident, and the radiation oncologist during patient setup and treatment and will be involved in the case management discussions.
  • The student will have the opportunity(case permitting) to design treatment plans and set up clinical cases under the guidance ofthe radiation oncologist.
  • When the caseload is low, the student will be asked to review the veterinary and human literature and select articles of interest to review with the radiation oncologist.


Dr. Eric Green

Student Supervision

6-8 hrs a day, 5 days/week

Location Information

The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
Columbus, OH 43210

Ph: 4-8697 (on campus) or 614-292-1040

Updated: 2/18/09
Signature on file: Dr. Eric Green

Columbus OH
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