William Beaumont Rotation
Preface: I am a WBH resident and was also a med student here 5 years ago now.
Institution: William Beaumont Hospital
Time spent: 1 month (we do occassionally have students who rotate for shorter periods 2-3 weeks)
Services: Students rotate with attendings that interview/are involved with the residency process. Usually broken up into 1 week blocks but if an interesting brachy case or other case pops up this may change. We make sure to give rotators the chance to spend significant time with our PD (Dr. Grills) and our chairman.
Presentation: All students present a 1 hour talk at morning conference toward the end of their rotation on a topic of their choice which usually focuses on an interesting case they have seen or previous research they have done.
Research: Plenty is available ranging from physics projects to ready to go clinical projects, it is all about how much the student wants to do. We have had multiple students in the past few years submit and go to ASTRO or ASCO meetings and been included in published manuscripts. Students can take a seperate research month or try to catch on while doing a clinical rotation. we also have students who express interest earlier and work during their "spare" time over the course of the year.
Role as a student: We allow students to be as independent as they want to be. Usually the first few days we let you get the lay of the land and after that let the student perform the H+P. Students choose cases the day before so they are able to look up the case and go over data with the resident before presenting the case to the attending. Students also can help with contouring and are involved with on treatments. During Brachy, GK, SRS, students are able to observe the case from start to finish.
Didactics: Students attend the same didactics that residents which includes conference M, W, and F as well chart rounds, noon lectures. Students are also given introduction to Rad Onc information from the chief residents when they start the rotation.
Impression: The world is your oyster as a student. If you want to see a lot of patients and demonstrate your clinical skills that is great. If you want to work on research that is good as well. Students are given as much or as little responsibility as they want.
Offered an interview: Yes. Out of 12 current residents, 6 rotated here as a student.