Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program

Courses

Table A: Summary of Course Requirements

Core Courses:

  • Clinical/cancer sciences—choose 2 courses
  • Basic imaging sciences—choose 2 courses
  • Biostatistics—choose 1 course
  • Attendance at 4 or more Tumor Boards
  • Medical ethics: Responsible Conduct of Research (MED 255)
Required On-Line Courses Include:

    *waived if animals will not be used in research

The SCIT program requires that trainees take the equivalent of at least one full-quarter course load over the duration of the two-year program. From among the many relevant courses offered at Stanford, trainees select (see Table A) at least two core courses in clinical/cancer sciences; two core courses in the basic imaging sciences; one core course in biostatistics; attendance at Tumor Boards; and one core course in medical ethics (“Responsible Conduct of Research” MED 255). With the exception of MED 255, which all trainees at Stanford are required to take, individual core requirements can be waived if the trainee can demonstrate equivalent course work. The other course requirements are jointly selected by the trainee/mentors in accordance with the chosen research project and the trainee’s own background. Table B is a partial list of courses that are available to satisfy core requirements; more than the minimum may be taken upon agreement of the trainee/mentors.

Trainees may also participate in a 34-week (1 hr/week) radiological physics course, directed by Dr. Bammer (mentor), and offered by the Department of Radiology. The course provides instruction in the physics of major medical imaging modalities (e.g., x-ray, ultrasound, PET, CT, MR), as well as radiation safety. Also available to trainees is a medical physics course in Radiation Oncology, directed by Dr. Xing (mentor), that includes all aspects of the planning, delivery, and verification of 3D and 4D therapy as well as all applications of imaging and image analysis in radiation therapy. The PDs will track course selection and completion at the quarterly meetings. Coursework is an integral component of the program, and mentors will work closely with trainees to tailor the coursework to match their individual backgrounds and to meet their needs.

Trainees also will be encouraged to participate in other medical imaging and cancer biology-related courses offered by the University and Medical Center as they and/or their mentors feel necessary, including the courses in departments such as Molecular Pharmacology, Oncology, and Immunology as well as research meetings associated with the Radiology Department’s active ICMIC (P50) and CCNE (U54) grants in molecular imaging and nanotechnology, or research meetings such as Dr. Napel’s and Rubin’s weekly "featuregroup" lab group meeting. Trainees will also be encouraged to attend local postgraduate courses in the Stanford vicinity. In addition, travel to and attendance at one national or international scientific conference per year will be provided; trainees are expected to submit to and present research papers at these conferences.

Table B: Examples of courses satisfying core requirements: updated Jan 2012
Department Number Title Core
Radiology 220
Introduction to Imaging and Image-Based Human Anatomy
Imaging
Radiology 221 Introduction to Radiologic Anatomy Imaging
Radiology 222 Multi-Modality Molecular Imaging in Living Subjects Imaging
Radiology 226 In Vivo Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Imaging Imaging
Radiology 227 Functional MRI Methods Imaging
Radiology 280 Early Clinical Experience in Radiology Imaging
Radiology 299 Directed Reading in Radiology Imaging
Radiology 72Q Fluorescence Imaging in Living Cells Imaging
Radiation Oncology 202A The Basic Science of Radiation Therapy Clinical/Cancer
Radiation Oncology 202B The Basic Science of Radiation Therapy II Clinical/Cancer
Radiation Oncology 299 Directed Reading in Radiation Oncology Clinical/Cancer
Bioengineering 70Q Medical Device Innovation Imaging or Clinical/Cancer
Bioengineering 80 Introduction to Bioengineering Imaging
Bioengineering 101 Systems Biology Clinical/Cancer
Cancer Biology 241 Molecular, Cellular and Genetic Basis of Cancer Clinical/Cancer
Cancer Biology 260 Teaching in Cancer Biology Clinical/Cancer
Cancer Biology 280 Cancer Biology Journal Club Clinical/Cancer
Health Research & Policy 230 Cancer Epidemiology Clinical/Cancer
Health Research & Policy 233 Intermediate Biostatistics: Analysis of Discrete Data Biostatistics
Health Research & Policy 258 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Clinical Research Biostatistics
Health Research & Policy 260 Workshop in Biostatistics Biostatistics
Health Research & Policy 262 Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis Biostatistics
Bioethics 255, 255C Bioethics of Medicine: Bench (255) and Clinical (255C) Research Bioethics
Biocomputation 218 Computational Molecular Biology Bioinformatics
Biomedical Informatics 366 Computational Biology Bioinformatics
Materials Science 1380 NanoBiotechnology Nanotechnology

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