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Radiation Oncology Program Schedule

Clinical Training:
A typical outline of the four year training program is as follows:
PGY-2: 11 months of clinical rotations and a 1 month physics rotation.
PGY-3: 10 months of clinical rotations, 1 month medical oncology rotation.
PGY-4: 11 months of clinical rotations and 1 month in pediatric radiation oncology rotation at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital.
PGY-5: 9 months of clinical rotations and 3 months spent in elective rotations, which may include subspecialty clinical rotations, research time, or rotations outside the department.

During clinical rotations, while under staff supervision, residents evaluate all new patients and participate in the patient's management while under treatment, including the simulation, treatment planning and execution of treatment. It is expected that residents follow patients through the course of therapy from start to follow-up. Rotations are generally 3 months in length and residents usually work one-on-one with a faculty physician. Resident progress is evaluated and discussed on an individual basis following the completion of each clinical rotation.

There is an established system for credentialing residents in various procedures as well as a program for progressive responsibility in patient’s care. Residents will also have the opportunity of mentoring medical students who rotate through the department.

Clinical rotations take place mainly at New York Methodist Hospital and for six weeks each academic year at our satellite free-standing clinic. These two, very different facilities, give residents a well rounded experience in both academic and private practice.

Educational Experience:
Radiation Oncology Conferences and Lectures:
Chart rounds/Quality Assurance Review, Mon, Tues and Wed 8-9 a.m.
Weekly didactic symposium, Mon 1-2.30 p.m.
New patient conferences, Tues and Thur 1-2 p.m.
Morbidity and mortality conference, first Tuesday of the month 1-2 p.m.
Journal Club and grand rounds, on alternate Wednesdays 1-2 p.m.

Interdepartmental Conferences and Lectures:
Interdeciplinary Weekly Hospital Tumor Board, Tuesday 12-1 p.m.
Radiation Oncology/Radiology/Pathology Conference, Friday 12.30-1.30 p.m.
Neuro-oncology Conference, Friday 8.00-9.00
Gyn-onclogy Tumor Board, First Wednesday of each month .
Head&Neck Oncology Conference, Wednesday every 3 months.
Uro-oncology Conference, Wednesday every 3 months

Residents receive a written exam every 3 months in clinical radiation oncology, physics and radiobiology.

Each year the residents are required to take the In-Training Examination administered through the American College of Radiology. This comprehensive exam covers clinical oncology, radiation physics, and radiobiology and is intended to prepare residents for the written board examinations. The results of the exam are used as a performance measure. They also help the program and residents to identify areas where improvement may be needed in basic science or clinical knowledge.

The Raphex exam is also given annually to help residents assess the knowledge they have gained from the Physics course.

Our Current Residents:
Mark Macedon, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Eva Bieniek, MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Uma Swamy, MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School
Joanna Emmolo, MD, New Jersy Medical School, University of Medicine & Dentistry

Preferred candidates for the program must have completed a one-year internship in internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, surgery, or family practice. Recent graduates (with no post-graduate clinical experience) will be considered if they demonstrate special merit, the department will sponsor them for the internship year.

The primary rotation of residents other than with NYM, is at Memorial Sloan Kettering for Pediatric experience and leading edge Radiation Oncology for PET/CT experience.

For further information, please contact the program coordinator Ms. Silvia Gonzalez at (718) 780-3677.

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