Radiation Oncology Primer

This introductory course will cover key areas in radiation oncology including: clinical concepts such as radiotherapy, commonly used terms and mechanisms of radiation oncology, and the patient experience while under treatment.  The learner will be able to understand how radiotherapy is used as well as how to decrease potential side effects for some of the most common cancers.

Target Audience:

This course is designed for all members of the cancer care team including medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, and oncology fellows.

Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the basic physics underlying radiation therapy, including radiation induced mechanisms of cell damage

2. Discuss basic terminology used in Radiation Oncology

3. Distinguish the different radiation and radiation treatment types

4. Compare the uses of each radiation treatment type, including advantages and disadvantages of each type as well as frequently used doses and treatment techniques

ACGME Competencies:

  • Medical Knowledge

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Competencies:

  • Working as a part of interprofessional teams
  • Delivering patient-centered care
  • Practicing evidence-based medicine


IMPORTANT NOTE: This course expires on November 11, 2017. Participants must complete all necessary course components by this date to be eligible to claim CME/CE credits.

3 Credits/Points are available for participation in this course. Certificate and credit types available include:

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • CNE Contact Hours
  • CPE Credits
  • Certificate of Participation may be used to confer credit; however, all final decisions regarding the awarding of credits will be made by the licensing organization to which the credits are submitted. 
  • Certificate of Completion may be used to document participation, but no credit will be conferred.