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Siena, Italy

Academic Program

Global Temple Conference

Students will work in a pathology and biotechnology lab, and will also be permitted to observe clinical work in the Department of Surgery and Neuroscience. Students will be engaged in their research on a full-time basis, generally from 9 am-5 pm, four to five days a week. Students will register for a 3-credit research course, which will be assessed by Dr. Giordano. Knowledge of Italian language is not required, but useful and non-credit survival Italian instruction is provided on-site. Throughout the program students will participate in cultural field trips, basic Italian language training and guided visits to Italian hospitals or labs, typically held on Friday's during the program.  

Students enroll in Biology 3364 (Theory and Applications of Cancer Biology) and must have the appropriate pre-requisites.  Students who have taken the pre-requisites for Biology 3364 but need to receive credit for an alternative research course in their department should contact the Program Manager to discuss the petition process. 

The educational program is dedicated to the learning of:

  • clinical skills in diagnosis and staging of cancer
  • principles of cancer patient’s care
  • fundamentals of radiation physics and biology
  • basic clinical radiation oncology
  • guidelines and clinical recommendations for the most frequent cancer types undergoing RT or CHT-RT
  • side effects and damages from RT

Specific objectives include:

  • knowledge of  the fundamentals of ionizing radiation physics and biology
  • basic knowledge of diagnostic workup, staging and prognostic criteria of the most frequent cancers to be treated with RT or CHT-RT
  • basic knowledge of the fundamentals of RT treatment planning, simulation and delivery;
  • understanding an RT prescription
  • basic, practical learning of the clinical management and care of cancer patients
  • basic knowledge of  use of RT or CHT-RT for cancer cure or palliation
  • basic knowledge of the acute side-effects and late complications or damages, which may result from RT or CHT-RT

Academic program notes

Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) credit-bearing coursework worth at least three semester hours in an approved summer or semester study abroad program with a minimum stay abroad of 28-days will satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement.