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ASTRO-BCRF Radiation Oncology Visiting Away Rotations for Medical Students

Applications are being accepted for the2024 ASTRO-BCRF Radiation Oncology Visiting Away Rotations for Medical Students. This program will select up to 10 talented medical students demonstrating an interest in radiation oncology to receive $2,500 in stipend support for their participation in four-week clinical or research rotations. Medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine (UIM) are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to third- and fourth-year medical students, although students in all years are eligible.

Application period: May 8, 2024 – June 5, 2024

This program is supported by a grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

Clinical and Research Rotations

The Radiation Oncology Visiting Away Rotations program is designed to increase the exposure and training of UIM students and further cultivate an interest in radiation oncology. The visiting away rotation must take place in an academic setting, with a focus on either direct clinical patient care or research, provided that the research is clinically oriented. ASTRO mentors will be available to connect with clinical and research students to provide additional support throughout their time in the program.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotation applications are required to confirm their acceptance into an established clinical rotation program in radiation oncology. A description of the institution’s visiting clinical rotation in radiation oncology should outline the medical student’s engagement in clinic activities, including observation of radiation treatments, patient encounters, consultations, simulation, treatment delivery and follow-ups.

Research Rotations

Research rotation applicants are required to apply with a preselected mentor for their rotation. A mentoring plan should outline the research exposure experience in detail. A structured research abstract is also required.

Eligibility Requirements

The following requirements must be met for a medical student to be considered for the rotation program: 

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a DO or MD program at a U.S. medical school and be in good standing at the time the application is submitted.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.
  • Preference will be given to medical students from an underrepresented population in medicine. These communities include, but are not limited to, racial and ethnic demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in medicine, sexual and gender minorities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities/special needs.
  • The selected institution must have an established clinical rotation program and/or an ACGME-accredited radiation oncology residency program with clinical faculty available to serve as mentors. 
  • The clinical rotation must take place by December 2024.
  • Applicant must submit an online application and complete all requirements by the application deadline. 
  • Priority will be given to students who will not receive funding from other sources to participate in the clinical rotation.
  • Trainees selected for the fellowship program will be required to apply for complimentary membership to ASTRO. 

Note: Individuals who have previously received the ASTRO Medical Student Fellowship Award are eligible to apply.

Complete applications must be submitted through ProposalCentral by Wednesday, June 5, 2024. Check out the ASTRO-BCRF Radiation Oncology Visiting Away Rotations Guidelines to learn more on how to apply and award selection criteria.

Award Stipend

The ASTRO-BRCF Radiation Oncology Visiting Away Rotation program will offer students a $2,500 stipend for the four-week training program. The awardee will receive a direct payment paid at the beginning of the rotation period and upon receipt of supplemental documentation. Awardees are required to submit a program summary and evaluation following the completion of the rotation.


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