Medical Students Clerkship And Research
Thank you for your interest in our program! Below, you will find further details about the clerkship itself, along with opportunities to participate in research, and helpful resources.
If you are interested in learning more about the clerkship and/or applying, please fill out the following form:
If you are a JHUSOM student, your formal registration to rotate with us should be processed through the Office of the Registrar as an Elective at:
If you are a student who will be visiting from another institution, please complete a formal application to rotate with us through the Johns Hopkins Visiting Medical Student Office at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/som/offices/registrars/visiting-md/
We strongly encourage visiting students to submit an application more than 6 weeks in advance of the desired start date to allow ample time for processing and review.
Director of Medical Student Education
Amol Narang, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology & Molecular Radiation Sciences
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Medical Student Coordinator
Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our department is committed to foster a diverse community of physicians, scientists, trainees and staff. We celebrate the various dimensions of diversity that everyone brings, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. We strive to build health equity by providing a nurturing environment for all members of our community and working to eliminate disparities in healthcare and medical education. We have included additional national research-related resources below that further support this commitment. For further information, please visit
- Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity
- Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education
We recognize that participating in clerkships such as ours can be challenging to finance. It is our hope that all interested students are able to rotate with our team, regardless of socioeconomic status. We welcome further one on one conversation with students regarding potential sources of financial support through our department and GME at large.
The goal of the medical student rotation is to introduce students to the daily workflow of radiation oncology and basic principles in managing oncology patients. Students will be able to participate in the following clinical and educational activities during the rotation.
Clinical experience includes:
- New patient consult
- On treatment evaluation
- Follow up visits
- Simulation and treatment planning
- HDR and LDR brachytherapy procedures
Structured didactics include:
- Medical student oriented introductory lectures
- Resident lectures and case conferences
- Departmental peer reviews
- Select multidisciplinary tumor boards
Virtual rotations may be considered on a case by case basis. Students interested in this option are encouraged to contact Dr. Narang (email [email protected]) for further information.
Students are expected to adhere to professionalism when interacting with patients, physician preceptors and all members of the team. Students should be able to perform a complete history and physical exam, focusing on the relevant disease sites. Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions pertaining to patient management. Attendance of weekly didactics is expected.
Students who participate in the four-week rotation are expected to give a presentation at the end of their rotations. Topics of the presentation may include, but are not limited to, case report and literature review, areas of controversy in radiation oncology, and individual research work.
Our department maintains a vibrant research program in areas of clinical science, physics and biology. Students interested in participating in research are encouraged to contact individual faculty members or reach out to Dr. Narang (email [email protected]). Past medical student projects have been presented at ASTRO annual conferences, published in leading journals, and received funding from major research societies.
Johns Hopkins medical students who are exploring opportunities for Scholarly Concentrations are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Narang regarding ongoing research projects in the department.
Medical Student Resources
We encourage and support students who are interested in the clerkship rotation and/or research opportunities to pursue the following programs.
- Cancer in the Under-Privileged Indigent or Disadvantaged (CUPID) Summer Fellowship: CUPID is an innovative summer research program designed to attract a diverse cohort of physicians in training to careers in an oncologic subspecialty. It was developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine, along with Indiana University and The Ohio State University. Since 2005, more than 100 medical students from >20 schools have participated in CUPID.
- ASTRO Minority Summer Research Fellowship: Provides financial support for an eight-week summer research experience for medical students from underrepresented backgrounds.
- ASCO Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations: Provides financial support for a four-week clinical or research rotation for medical students from underrepresented backgrounds.
- ACR Pipeline Initiative for the Enrichment of Radiology: Provides first-year medical students from underrepresented backgrounds mentorship in the student’s area of interest.
- RSNA Medical Student Research Grant: Provides financial support for medical students to conduct research in radiologic science.
Students interested in a clinical rotation at our department should be current US medical school enrollees in good academic standing. Third and fourth year medical students are welcome to apply for a full, four-week clerkship rotation. First and second year medical students are welcome to inquire about opportunities for clinical exposure to our department.