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Radiation Oncology Residency Program

The New York Methodist Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program is an educational program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). It offers four-years of residency training in the specialty of radiation oncology, which follows the trainee’s (resident's) satisfactory completion of one year of clinical training (internship) in medicine, surgery, or a transitional program at any institute accredited by the ACGME. The Program faculty includes of six radiation oncologists, three medical physicists and one radiation biologist. The Department houses two megavoltage linear accelerators (LINAC) and one CT Simulator. Both interstitial and intracavitary brachytherapy techniques with either high-dose-rate (HDR) after-loading or low-dose-rate (LDR)- are available.

Clinical Training

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

  • PGY-2: 11 months of clinical rotations & 1 month physics
  • PGY-3: 11 months of clinical rotations & 1 month medical oncology rotation.
  • PGY-4: 11 months of clinical rotations & 1 month pediatric radiation oncology rotation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
  • PGY-5: 9 months of clinical rotations & 3 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 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 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 & 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, Tuesday 12-1pm
  • Radiation Oncology/Radiology/Pathology Conference, Friday 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.

Department Faculty

Hosny Selim, M.D., F.R.C.R. Program Director
Hani Ashamalla, M.D. Department Chairman
Sameer Rafla, M.D., F.R.C.R. Chairman Emeritus
Kapila Parikh, M.D.
Bahaa Mokhtar, M.D.
K. Ikoro., Ph.D. Chief Physicist
Paul Graves, Ph.D. Radiobiologist

Application

Training and Educational Experience

For more information, please contact the program coordinator at 718.780.3677.