Geraldine Jacobson, M.D., MPH, MBA

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Board Certification:Therapeutic Radiology ABR

Medical School:University of Utah

Residency: LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah

Faculty Rank:Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology

Special Clinical/Research Interests:: image guided radiation, quality of life, normal tissue toxicity

Is there a particular population of students (e.g., ethnicity, spiritual, sexual orientation) that you would particularly like to advise?

Any student

What does a typical day in the life of a radiation oncologist include?

Calls from referring physicians about complex patients, seeing new cancer patients for radiation, radiation planning, tumor board attendance, special procedures like gamma knife or HDR.

What is the biggest challenge of being a radiation oncologist?

Treatment methods and technology are always changing.

How do you foresee radiation oncology changing over the next 20 years?

More use of image guidance, more focused radiation and shorter treatments.

What advice would you give a student who is considering a radiation oncology residency?

This is a very competitive residency. Use 4th year electives to work in radiation oncology departments. Complete a radiation related project.