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Radiation Oncology Program Schedule

Clinical Training

A typical outline of the four-year training program follows:

  • PGY-2: 11 months of clinical rotations and one month physics.
  • PGY-3: 11 months of clinical rotations and one month medical oncology rotation.
  • PGY-4: 11 months of clinical rotations and one month pediatric radiation oncology rotation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
  • PGY-5: 9 months of clinical rotations and three months of clinical and/or research electives.

During clinical rotations, while under staff supervision, residents evaluate all new patients and participate in the patients’ management including the simulation, treatment planning and execution of treatment. It is expected that residents follow patients throughout the course of therapy from start to finish, as well as during follow-up.

Rotations are generally three 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 care. Residents will also have the opportunity to mentor 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 radiation oncology clinic. These two, very different facilities, give residents a well rounded experience in both academic and private practice.

Educational Conferences

Radiation Oncology Conferences and Lectures

  • Chart rounds/Quality Assurance Review, Monday and Thursday 8-9 a.m.
  • New Patient Conferences, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1-2 p.m.
  • Weekly Didactic Symposium, Wednesday 12:30-2 p.m. 
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Third Tuesday of each month 1-2 p.m. 
  • Journal Club and Grand Rounds, Alternate Thursdays 1-2 p.m.

Interdepartmental Conferences and Lectures

  • Interdisciplinary Weekly Hospital Tumor Board, Tuesdays 12-1p.m.
  • Radiation Oncology/Radiology/Pathology Conference, Fridays 12-1 p.m.
  • Lung Tumor Board, Alternate Fridays 1-2 p.m.
  • Gyn-Oncology Tumor Board, First Wednesday of every month 9-10 a.m.
  • Head and Neck Oncology Conference, Wednesdays every third month. 
  • Uro-Oncology Conference, Wednesdays every third month.

Examinations

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

Each year, 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.

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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