Graduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

October 6, 2009

 

 

Members Present: Angell, Eide, Finch, Hunt, Periyasamy Seebach, Newton, Zheng, Passow

                            Buhrandt, Grant

Consultants Present:  Abhold, Dittman

Members Absent:  Taylor-Winfrey

Consultants Absent: John Jax

Guests:   Brian Udderman, Peggy Dutton, Nishele Lenards

 

1.  Approval of September 15, 2009 minutes.   

 

M/S/P to approve minutes

 

      2.  Second readings: none

 

3.     First Readings:

A.   Medical Dosimetry-Master’s Degree program; (new courses, new degree)   Cohart program.

 

DOS 411/511 (was DOS 310), New course, 1 Credit, Advance Radiologic Imaging for Medical Dosimetrists, Effective Fall 2010

This course reviews production of medical images with radiographic equipment as well as ultrasound, MRI and radionuclide scans. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.

 

DOS 412/512 (was DOS 320), New Course, 1 Credit, Simulation for Medical Dosimetrists, Effective Fall 2010

Techniques of simulation treatment set-ups are reviewed and advance methods of virtual simulation are explored. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.

 

DOS 413/513 (was DOS 330), New course, 1 Credit, Anatomy for Medical Dosimetrists, Effective Fall 2010

Anatomical structure and function which affects treatment planning processes is addressed along with identification of anatomic structure on rediographs, CT and MRI images. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  

 

DOS 414/514, New course, 3 credits, Physics Fundamentals for Medical Dosimetrists, Effective Fall 2010

Fundamental principles of physics important to the production and use of radiation for treatment purposes is reviewed and expanded. Dose measurement utilizing a variety of methods is discussed along with the appropriate instrumentation. Calibration methods for linear accelerators are also discussed. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program. 

 

DOS 415/515, New course, 1 credit, Computers & Networking in Radiation Oncology, Effective Fall 2010

This course introduces students to basic computer terminology, features of hardware, peripherals, and clinical applications in radiation oncology. Types of networking and the component involved are discussed. Specific network protocols used in healthcare, imaging and radiation oncology will be described. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  

 

DOS 416/516 (was DOS 340), New Course, 1 Credit, Fundamentals of Radiation Safety, Effective Fall 2010.

Radiation Safety measures are reviewed and updated according to federal and state mandates. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program.  

 

DOS 421/521 (was DOS 450), New course, 1 Credit, Professional Issues for Medical     Dosimetrists, Effective Spring 2011.

This course introduces the student to the professional practice of medical dosimetry, including Scope and Standards of Practice, legal and ethical issues. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 711.

 

DOS 422/522 (was DOS 360), New course and title change, 2 Credits, Title change: Radiation Dose Calculations, Effective Spring 2011.

This course introduces factors that affect dose delivered in radiation treatments and how these factors are accounted for in dose calculations.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 511.

 

DOS 423/523 (was DOS 370), New course and title change, 1 Credit, Title change: Teletherapy Treatment Planning, Effective Spring 2011

Methods of best treating various disease sites with single or multiple field arrangements using x-rays and/or electrons are discussed. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 711. 

 

DOS 424/524 (was DOS 410), New course, 2 Credits, Conformal Treatment Planning, Effective Spring 2011

Advanced planning techniques of conformal radiation therapy including 3-dimensional treatment planning and IMRT concepts are presented. New techniques such as IGRT, Gating, and Proton Therapy will be discussed. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 711.

 

DOS 425/525, New course, 2 credits, Brachytherapy for Medical Dosimetrists, Effective Spring 2011

The use of Brachytherapy in radiation therapy is addressed. Characteristics of sources utilized for treatment as well as determination of source activity and dose delivered are included. Methods and instruments utilized to apply Brachytherapy treatment planning techniques to clinical treatment situations are discussed. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 711.

 

DOS 431/531(was DOS 380), New course and title change, 3 Credits, Title change, Clinical Oncology for Medical Dosimetrists, Effective Summer 2011

This course covers cancer in general as well as specific disease sites, their treatment and management of patient care during treatment. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 515.

 

DOS 441/541 (was DOS 390), New course, 1 Credit, Radiobiology for Medical Dosimetrists, Effective Fall 2011

This course reviews the effect of radiation on the human body, in the context of radiation treatments. It particularly focuses on factors affecting the therapeutic ratio. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 522. 

 

DOS 442/542 (was DOS 440), New course, 1 Credit, Dosimetric Quality Assurance, Effective Fall 2011

The methods and importance of periodic quality assurance procedures of treatment planning, equipment, and processes are covered in this course. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 721.

  

DOS 443/543 (was DOS 460), New course, 2 Credits, Seminar in Medical Dosimetry, Effective Fall 2011

This course offers students an opportunity to practice answering questions and solving problems as they review course material to prepare for the national medical dosimetry certification board exam. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Dosimetry Program and DOS 772.

 

DOS 500, New course, 2 credits, Patient Care in Medical Dosimetry, Effective, Summer 2010 (online)

This course will prepare students to work with patients in the health care setting, specifically in Medical Dosimetry. Topics covered include basic concepts, assessment, examination and monitoring of patients, safety and handling skills, infection control, medical emergencies, nutrition, patient education, pharmacology, and legal aspects of health care. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program. Offered Summer (online).

 

DOS 501, New course, 2 credits, Orientation to Radiation Oncology, Effective, Summer (online). 2010

Content is designed to provide students with an overview of the foundation in radiation oncology and the practitioner’s role in the health care delivery system. Principles, practices, and policies of the educational program, health care organizations, principles of radiation and health safety and professional responsibilities of the Medical Dosimetrist will be discussed and examined. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program. Offered Summer (online).

 

DOS 502, New course, 2 credits, Diversity & Culture in Healthcare, Effective, Summer (online) 2010.

This course will define the relationship between cultures of diverse groups and healthcare. There will be an emphasis on cross-cultural communication including awareness of own cultural influences and practices. Students will be exposed to some of the issues and/or challenges they will experience in caring for patients with diverse cultures, identities, and backgrounds. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program. Offered Summer (online).

 

DOS 503, New course, 1 credit, Introduction to Clinical Practicum, effective, Summer (online) 2010.

This course will provide an orientation to the clinical operation, administrative format, and safety practices of the clinical internship site. Students will observe staff operation in the radiation oncology department, treatment delivery areas, and medical dosimetry. Students will learn about charting and documentation as well as patient interaction. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program. Offered Summer (online).

 

DOS 710, New course, 1 credit, Introduction to Professional e-Portfolio, Effective, Fall, Spring, Summer (online) Spring 2010.

This is an introductory course for creating a professional e-portfolio. Students will discover the basic concepts of designing and creating an e-portfolio. Students will use course information to gather artifacts and materials throughout the program to develop their individual e-portfolio project. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 711, New course, 1 credit, Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry I, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010;

This course serves as an introduction of fundamental principles of research methodology and how principles are applied for conducting research in health sciences. Students will be introduced to basic terms and focus on the overall structure of the research process. The course will help students prepare to select a research topic and develop questions related to it. Library and literature resources and procedures for using them will be described in detail. Student will learn how to formulate a research hypothesis. This course will help prepare students for their own scholarly project. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 721, New course, 1 credit, Education in Medical Dosimetry, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010.

Students will discuss the importance of education in medical dosimetry. Different aspects of education in the profession are examined to prepare students for the various roles as an educator, with various positions as a medical dosimetrist. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS  711. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 731, New course, 2 credits, Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry II, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010.

This course follows in sequence the Scholarship I course and expands on research terminology. This course discusses ethical concerns and legal responsibilities associated with conducting research. Sampling, measuring instruments and statistics will be discussed in detail. Types of research will be described in detail while expanding on principles from the Scholarship I course. Students will learn the process of writing and evaluating the final research report. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 711. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 741, New course, 1 credit, Protocols and Studies in Radiation Oncology, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010

This course provides a broad overview of cancer clinical trials. Students will discuss improving the approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Advantages and disadvantages of clinical trials for patients, the general population, and health care providers are discussed. The role of the medical dosimetrist involved in clinical trials is described in depth. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 531. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 750, New course, 2 credits, Professional e-Portfolio, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010

This is an advanced course for the development of a professional e-portfolio. Students will use skills from the introductory course, artifacts, and reflective learning examples throughout the program to expand their individual e-portfolio projects. This course will focus on additional components such as electronic multimedia files, specific course assessment, accomplishments and achievements, and various other enhancements of the e-portfolios. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 710. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 751, New course, 2 credits, Research Methodology in Medical Dosimetry III,  Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010.

This course follows in sequence with the Scholarship II course and serves as the culminating research course. Students will utilize peer review and editing, and various elements of individualized instruction while preparing their final research report. Students will be prepared to have their final reports in a publishable format to enter the AAMD national student writing competition. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 731. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 752, New course, 1 credit, Operational Issues in Radiation Oncology, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010.

The course focuses on various radiation oncology operational issues. The strategic planning process of organizations will be presented. Human Resource concepts and regulations impacting the medical dosimetrist will be examined. Accreditation agencies and the medical dosimetrist’s role in the process will be discussed. Medical insurance coding, billing, and reimbursement issures pertinent to the radiation oncology department will be presented. Development and management of a department budget will be discussed. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project development and evaluation and assessment techniques will be emphasized.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 741. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 771, New course, 2 credits, Dosimetry Clinical Practicum I, Effective Spring only. Spring 2011.

Students gain clinical experience in Stimulation patient set-ups and imaging studies, physics and radiation safety in the clinical environment, anatomical contour segmentation, and computers and networking within the radiation oncology field. Students will begin basic calculations and treatment planning while being introduced to brachytherapy procedures. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program. Offered Spring only.

 

DOS 772, New course, 5 credits, Dosimetry Clinical Practicum II, Effective Summer only, Summer 2011.

Students continue to gain clinical experience at an affiliated clinical internship site by concentrating on more advanced treatment planning and Brachytherapy procedures while continuing to learn the various concepts of clinical oncology specific to patient treatments. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 771. Offered Summer.

 

DOS 773, New course, 5 credits,  Dosimetry Clinical Practicum III, Effective Fall only. Fall 2011

Students continue to improve their treatment planning and dosimetric skills, concentrating on advanced planning methods and quality assurance techniques. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 772. Offered Fall only.

 

DOS 791, New course, 4 credits, Fieldwork I, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010

This level one fieldwork experience is an opportunity to demonstrate the practice of medical dosimetry in the clinical environment at a basic level. The course provides an opportunity to integrate the didactic curriculum learned for the successful completion of the MDCB exam. The focus of case studies will include imaging, patient treatment setups, anatomical contour segmentation, and computers and networking physics, and radiation safety. Supervision is provided by medical physicist and radiation oncologists. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 792, New course, 4 credits, Fieldwork II, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010

This level two fieldwork experience is an opportunity to demonstrate the practice of medical dosimetry in the clinical environment at an intermediate level. The course provides an opportunity to integrate the didactic curriculum learned for the successful completion of the MDCB exam. The focus of case studies will include professional issues, radiation dose calculations, treatment planning, Brachytherapy, and clinical oncology. Supervision is provided by medical physicist and radiation oncologists. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program; DOS 791. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

DOS 793, New course, 4 credits, Fieldwork III, Effective Fall, Spring, Summer (online). Spring 2010

This level three fieldwork experience is an opportunity to demonstrate the practice of medical dosimetry in the clinical environment at an advanced level. The course provides an opportunity to integrate the didactic curriculum learned for the successful completion of the MDCB exam. The focus of case studies will include radiobiological principles, dosimetric and departmental quality assurance processes, advanced treatment planning techniques, and seminar work. Supervision is provided by medical physicist and radiation oncologists. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Science Medical Dosimetry Degree Program and DOS 792. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer (online).

 

M/S/P to waive 2nd reading and approve proposals with minor changes

8.     Consent Agenda: none

 

9.     Old business: Revised LX form was handed out and discussed. Brian Udderman talked about

the form and also about online courses and where he is at with the guide book. Carol brought up about the committee to be formed to help with online courses guidelines. Need members from UCC and GCC. E-mail Carol if you want to be on the committee.

10.  New business: none

 

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m.