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    Tracks A & B:  You are in your clinical rotations from the beginning of January through mid-December.  The UW-L Medical Dosimetry program uses Typhon Group; a clinical management system for students enrolled in health profession programs. The clinical schedule represents the minimum requirements for you as you progress through your year internship.  If you are not meeting these minimum requirements, you need to contact the Educational Coordinator immediately so she can begin working with your clinical preceptor to get you back on track.

    There are certain things you are responsible for as you rotate through the clinic:

    • Within the first two weeks of clinicals:
      You and your preceptor need to go over the following forms and place them in the Clinical Practicum I course in the dropbox.
      Beam Modifier and Immobilization form
      Safety form
    • Clinical hours per semester:
      Per our accreditation standards, you are required to perform 40 hours per week in the program.  This requirement is divided up into "clinical" time (actual time spent at your clinical site working in dosimetry) and "didactic" time (time spent online doing coursework) and also varies per semester.  The breakdown of hours per semester is listed below:
                - Spring Semester:  30 hours of clinical and 10 hours of didactic per week
                - Summer Semester:  30 hours of clinical and 10 hours of didactic per week
                - Fall Semester:  30 hours of clinical and 10 hours of didactic per week
      When you begin your clinical rotation in January, make sure you and your preceptor establish a schedule (i.e. you will work 7:30-4pm daily, performing clinical hours from 7:30-2pm and then didactic from 2-4pm).  E-mail the Educational Coordinator with this schedule once it has been established.
    • Daily:
      Patient Case logs- This is place within Typhon for you to track things you've observed, assisted with, or performed during your days in the clinic.  There are blank case log sheets you can use to track your patients on throughout the day, but remember to go into Typhon to get them put in electronically at the end of everyday.
    • Monthly:
      - Evaluations - Your preceptor will be filling out an evaluation on you monthly.  All evaluations are done through the Typhon system.
      - Time Cards - Within Typhon, you will track (daily) your clinical hours, didactic hours, PTO, etc.  The Educational Coordinator will be going in monthly to check your time and track any PTO, Interview days, etc.
      NOTE:  You are NOT allowed to work extra hours unless it is an unusual case (assisting with a late procedure that you've never seen, working on a project, etc).  In the event that you do work "overtime", you need to make that time up within that same week (either leaving early or coming in late the next day).  Do not get overtime without your preceptor's approval!
      - Case studies - These are submitted monthly in the dropbox within D2L.  You can choose any case you observed, assisted with, or performed on your own and use your experience to write the case study.  As we progress through the year, the Clinical Practicum courses will overlap with your Research courses in assisting you write a final comprehensive case study for publication.  For a traditional case study template, click here.
    • Semester:
      - Evaluations - at the end of each semester you are responsible for completing 3 evaluations.
      - Competencies - to be completed each semester             
    • Conference attendance:
      You should be attending all the conferences offered within the Radiation department (QA, chart rounds, new patient conference).  Be sure and log that conference in Typhon.

    Miscellaneous clinical related forms: 

    • Incident Form - this form covers incidences such as falls, damage to property, etc.
    • Missed Time Form - use this form to report late arrivals, early departures, or missed clinical time 
    • Tardy Form - use this form whenever you show up tardy

     

    You will be responsible for creating an e-Portfolio that features your academic and clinical achievements.  You may wonder "why are we doing this?"  Just as electronic applications for employment have become standard, so have e-Portfolios.  Students completing e-portfolios for our program are often selected over other applicants for employment opportunities. Last year, two of our students were employed over several other (eg, 40) applicants due to their e-Porfolios. In fact, the employers said they were going to start implementing this in their department. Employers get a comprehensive view of their applicant and how they would perform in their facility.

    This will be useful in advancement, career progression, promotion, or changing jobs. You'll want to keep this up-to-date after this program so it's an ongoing "work in progress" and current at any time.

    2011

    We are using Weebly to create the e-portfolios. We previously used GoogleSites so if you see this referenced somewhere - please disregard. The reason for using a web-based program like Weebly is so that you have continued use after graduation as you progress through your professional career. To get started, visit the Weebly program e-portfolio site for instructions.

    The guidelines for the eportfolio project (as well as the grading rubric) are included. A peer review document is included that can be used to provide feedback to peers and evaluate yourself on how your eportfolio looks and how it functions. This document demonstrates the minimum requirements for the eportfolio layout. Feel free to add more and be creative with your eportfolio.

    You will be completing a portion of your eportfolio for every course in the program. Your self-reflections will be used in every course of your eportfolio as well. 

    Examples of Professional e-Portfolio's

    Examples of student e-portfolio's with Google Sites

    *2009 sample student e-portfolio's created in GoogleSites are listed in the DOS 710 Fall Semester Course (lnks).

    Sample student e-portfolio's created in Weebly will be listed within the Weebly program website.

     

    Tentative Schedules are located in the Curriculum portion of the program’s website. The only time these dates will change is if the instructor/program director notifies you of changes. These schedules will help guide you with registering for courses each semester (make sure you are following the correct Track).

    The links below show all of the courses for each semester (regardless of Track), so make sure you are only looking at the classes that pertain to you (follow Track color-coded key on the grid):

    Holidays

    Students are granted 6 holidays throughout their clinical year.  The other holidays throughout the year coincide with the semester breaks so they are not listed here. The holidays are as follows:

    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving
    • The Friday following Thanksgiving 

    Additional time off

    In addition to having the above holidays off, you will also have a spring break in March (this coincides with the University's spring break), as well as breaks in between semesters that coordinate with the UW-La Crosse semester schedule.  You are also allowed to use 5 days of PTO (this is any "personal" time off, i.e. vacation or sick time) throughout the year (January through December) and 2 days for interviewing.

     

    2014-15 Textbook List

    Required Equipment for enrollment in the program: scanner, headset w/microphone, and web camera.

    Reference books for the MDCB Exam

    "Writing for an academic purpose is very different than other types of writing" (Bellevue University, 2009). Writing is difficult for some students especially if they are returning to school several years later. Bellevue University has prepared a brief tutorial on scholarly writing that all students will find helpful. Please complete the entire tutorial.

    The Medical Dosimetry program uses AMA Writing format.  What is AMA?  This is the writing style used by the American Medical Association (AMA). It is the typical writing style for most medical journal writing. You should have a copy of the AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed. as this was on your required textbook list prior to entering the program. We have developed an AMA Web Site Tutorial as a quick resource to use during the program.

    2012 AMA Research Paper Template

    The Medical Dosimetry Journal uses AIP Style Manual for publishing. This means you would need to take your AMA formatted document and make some changes to adhere to their publishing guidelines. 

    The UW-L Writing Center Help

    The Writing Center at UW-L offers writing help to all students, including distance learners. You can submit a document to the writing center following these instructions and the staff will give you feedback with your document. The document stays in your account so you have the original document with suggested changes. We highly recommend using the writing center throughout the year to improve your writing skills. It is the only way to learn from mistakes and to become a better writer. We will expect above average writing skills, so if you have not written in a long time or always had weak writing skills - use the writing center before submitting assignments to us.

    Ask Betty (Grammar for College Writers)
    http://depts.washington.edu/engl/askbetty/index.php

    Those of you needing CE credits through the ARRT, can use your courses through the UW-La Crosse Medical Dosimetry program.  If the ARRT asks for proof of these credits, you may submit a transcript of these courses. Typically, each college credit counts as 16 CE credits through the ARRT. 

    The MDCB has a system similar to this, but the MDCB requires a review of the courses before awarding credits.  When applying to take the board exam, you will need the following credit numbers as proof of you MDCB CE credits.

    To view credit approval for the MDCB (which also apply towards the ARRT CE credits), see below: