Radiation Oncology Virtual Education Rotation (ROVER) for Medical Students

Jenna M. Kahn, Navjot Sandhu, Rie von Eyben, Christopher Deig, Jean Pierre Obeid, Jacob A. Miller, Erqi Pollom

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Purpose: We describe the implementation of a novel virtual educational program for medical students, Radiation Oncology Virtual Education Rotation (ROVER), and its effect on student interest and knowledge in radiation oncology. Methods and Materials: ROVER comprised a series of virtual educational panels with case-based discussions across disease sites tailored to medical students. The panels were moderated by radiation oncology residents and included faculty panelists from academic radiation oncology programs across the country. Student pre- and postsession surveys were collected. Paired t tests were used to compare the pre- and postsession assessment results. Results: Six ROVER sessions were held from June 4, 2020, to August 20, 2020, with a total of 427 medical students registering for at least 1 session. Of these, 231 students attended at least 1 session, with 140 completing at least 1 postsession survey (60.6% response rate). Fourth-year medical students were the largest group represented among attendees (32.0%). Most attendees had exposure to radiation oncology (78.8%) before the sessions. The majority of students signed up for these sessions for education (90.6%). Some students signed up for the sessions to help with specialty selection (30.9%) and to network (30.4%). Medical students’ understanding of the role of radiation oncology in each disease site (breast, sarcoma, central nervous system, pediatrics, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, lymphoma, lung, and head and neck) was improved by attending each session (pre- vs postsession; P < .0001 for all disease sites). Over three-quarters of respondents stated they were considering applying or were likely to apply to radiation oncology both before and after the sessions. Conclusions: ROVER improved medical student perceived knowledge of radiation oncology across all disease sites covered. ROVER fulfills a need for a national medical student education platform for radiation oncology. Future work is warranted to augment virtual and open educational platforms to improve access to radiation oncology education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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