Medical Student Elective

COVID-19 Med Student Information

Calling All Applicants!

We’d love for you to participate in some of our activities virtually.

Ways to Participate

The Coalition for Physician Accountability has released the report Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training. ​The expected national recommendations discourage all in person clinical away rotations, recommend all virtual residency interviews and a delayed ERAS schedule for the 2020-21 match season. The Executive Summary of the report is linked below:

We will be following the Coalition recommendations.  We understand that visiting student rotations are an important part of your residency application process and medical education experience.  Unfortunately, the pandemic and associated safety concerns have led to the decision to follow the Coalition recommendations.  We will continue to offer the UVA Radiation Oncology Elective for UVA medical students and visiting students who do not have a home institution training program.  All other visiting students will be on hold at this time.

Thank you for your interest in our program and the field of Radiation Oncology.  We look forward to sharing this great specialty with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns. We look forward to getting to know you!


Director of Medical Student Education
Kara D. Romano, M.D.

Residency Program Coordinator
Rebekah McComb

Calling All Applicants!

We’d love for you to participate in some of our activities virtually.

Ways to Participate

Radiation Oncology Elective Rotation

We offer two opportunities for medical students and residents/fellows from related oncology disciplines to learn about the field of Radiation Oncology, enhance an oncology career, and experience the UVA Department.  Located in Charlottesville, a beloved small city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with an impressive food and music scene, our Department has an extensive array of treatment modalities including linac-based treatments for IMRT, SBRT, and SRS; Tomotherapy; Gamma Knife Radiosurgery; Brachytherapy for prostate, gynecologic, breast, and ocular cancers; and SpaceOAR placement.  Visiting learners are fully integrated into our Department and are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all Department activities including Sim Conference, resident didactics, Grand Rounds, clinical trials meetings, and Tumor Boards.

During the radiation oncology elective rotation, medical students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members and resident physicians and to participate in clinical and academic activities. This elective rotation is appropriate both for students interested in applying for radiation oncology residency and for students who plan a career in a different specialty but would like to have an educational experience in radiation oncology. Potential radiation oncology residency applicants will be expected to deliver a brief educational or research presentation during a departmental conference, but other students will not be asked to present.


There are many opportunities for research in the Department with faculty and residents. We encourage you to reach out to our program coordinator if interested in a research project.  In recent years, our medical students have had great success in publishing and presenting their research conducted through our Department.

Example of recent medical student productivity:

  • Dutta S, Aliotta E, Alonso C, Bliley R, Romano KD, Libby B, Showalter T, Showalter A, Janowski E. Normal Tissue Dose and Risk Estimates from Whole and Partial Breast Radiation Techniques. The Breast Journal, December 2019. PMID: 31876106
  • Kowalchuk RO, Romano KD, Trifilietti DM, Dutta SW, Showalter TN, Morris MM. Preliminary toxicity results using partial breast 3D-CRT with once daily hypo-fractionation and deep inspiratory breath hold. Radiation Oncology. 2018 Jul 27 ;13(1):135.  PMID:  30053864
  • Romano KD, Hill C, Trifiletti DM, Peach MS, Horton BL, Shah N, Campbell D, Libby B, Showalter TN. High dose-rate tandem and ovoid brachytherapy in cervical cancer: Dosimetric predictors of adverse events. Radiation Oncology. 2018 Jul 16;13(1):129. PMID: 30012164
  • Dutta S, Trifiletti D, Pugh K, Romano K, Libby B, Showalter T. Integration of MRI target delineation into rapid workflow cervical cancer brachytherapy: Impact on clinical outcomes. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology. 2018 Oct;62(5):716-725. PMID: 29984892
  • Hill C, Trifiletti D, Romano K, Showalter T, Sheehan J. Stereotactic radiosurgery for cerebellar metastases and the risk of obstructive hydrocephalus. Applied Radiation Oncology. 2017 March;6(1):17-23.
  • Romano K, Trifiletti D, Bauer-Nilsen K, Wages N, Watkins W, Read P, Showalter T. Clinical outcomes of helical conformal versus non-conformal palliative radiotherapy for axial skeletal metastases. Practical Radiation Oncology. 2017 Apr 9. PMID: 28666907
  • Bauer-Nilsen K, et al. TDABCA with TNS
  • Romano K, Garda A, Trifiletti D, Schlesinger D, Xu Z, Watkins W, Neal B, Larner J, Sheehan JP. Choosing a prescription isodose in stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases: Implications for local control. World Neurosurgery. 2016 Nov 17. PMID: 27867125
  • Dutta SW, Kowalchuk RO, Trifiletti DM, et al. Stereotactic Shifts During Frame-Based Image-Guided Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Clinical Measurements. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018;102(4):895‐ doi:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.05.042

Information About UVA and Charlottesville

Charlottesville offers a unique balance of small town charm with the amenities of a large city. “C-ville” for short is located in Central Virginia, east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just 70 miles west of Richmond, VA and 110 miles southwest of Washington DC. The city and surrounding areas are rich with cultural, historical and recreational activities.

Charlottesville has consistently been named one of the top happiest and best places to live in the US. The nearby Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains offer innumerable activities for the outdoor enthusiast from white water rafting, camping, hiking, or mountain biking. The Charlottesville Downtown Mall is a unique destination for free live music every Friday in late spring and summer, farmer’s markets, and shopping. The food and restaurant scene is thriving with spectacular local restaurants offering all styles of cuisines and microbreweries. There is also no shortage of wineries with picturesque views of the mountains within a 30 mile radius of the city. Overall, Charlottesville is a small but thriving town with accommodations sure to appease any lifestyle.

Local favorites of the residents and faculty:

  • Restaurants/wineries/breweries
    • Lampo Pizza
    • Mas Tapas
    • Roots Natural Kitchen
    • Rockfish Brewing Company
    • King’s Family Vineyards (polo on Sundays!)
    • Now and Zen Sushi
    • Bang
    • Tillman’s
    • The Local
    • MarieBette Café and Bakery
  • Activities/hikes
    • Sugar Hollow hike
    • Starry Nights
    • Fridays After Five
    • Humpback Rock
    • Crabtree Falls
    • Rivanna Trail
    • Carter Mountain Orchard
    • Monticello Trail


UVA Residents at King's Family Vineyards

Rad Onc resident Kristi Ward at King’s Family Vineyards with UVA Internal Medicine friends

Residents climbing Humpback Rock

Rad Onc residents climbing Humpback Rock!