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Radiation Oncology Residency Program

The New York Methodist Hospital Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program is fully-accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We offer four years of post-graduate training in the specialty of radiation oncology following completion of a year of training in an ACGME-accredited medical, surgical, or transitional year internship.

Our faculty includes six radiation oncologists, three medical physicists and a radiation biologist. The department has three megavoltage linear accelerators (Varian TrueBeam, Clinac iX, Clinac 2100C) and a Philips AcQSim CT simulator. We are a community-based program with accreditation from the American College of Radiology. Advanced image-guided radiotherapy, including intensity modulated radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, and stereotactic radiotherapy are available. We perform interstitial and intracavitary brachytherapy implants. Balloon-based accelerated partial breast irradiation is offered to selected patients. High-dose rate treatments are delivered by a Nucletron Iridium-192 afterloader.

We are a clinical affiliate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Medical Dosimetry Masters Program and the New York Methodist Hospital School of Radiation Therapy, participate in the newly formed National Research Group (NRG), and have enrolled numerous patients into RTOG, NSABP, and GOG protocols.

Department Faculty

Hani Ashamalla, M.D., Department Chairman and Program Director
Sameer Rafla, M.D., F.R.C.R., Chairman Emeritus
Kapila Parikh, M.D.
Mounzer, Tchelebi, M.D.
Bahaa Mokhtar, M.D.
Eva Katsoulakis, M. D.


Chris Ikoro., Ph.D., Chief Physicist
Nokulswar Panigrahi, Ph.D., Physicist
Aaron Bennish, Ph.D., Physicist

Paul Graves, Ph.D., Radiobiologist

Clinical Training

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

  • PGY-2: 11 months of clinic and one month of physics.
  • PGY-3: 11 months of clinic and one month of medical oncology.
  • PGY-4: 12 months of clinic with one month of pediatrics and up to two elective research  months.
  • PGY-5: 12 months of clinic with up to three elective research months.
During clinical rotations, residents evaluate all new patients and actively participate in all aspects of management including simulation, planning, delivery, and quality assurance. It is expected that residents follow patients throughout the course of therapy from start to finish and during follow-up.

Clinical rotations average three months in length, during which each resident physician is assigned to one or two attending physicians. Our attending physicians are generalists who treat all disease sites and are able to practice independently when residents are occupied. Resident physician progress is evaluated and discussed on an individual basis following the completion of each clinical rotation in both written and verbal formats.

Most clinical rotations take place at New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope. Four weeks each year are spent at our satellite free-standing facility in Bay Ridge, which offers a private practice experience. The pediatric radiation oncology rotation is completed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center during the third or fourth year.

Educational Conferences

Radiation Oncology Conferences and Lectures

  • Chart rounds/Quality Assurance Review, Mondays 8-9 a.m.
  • New Patient Conferences, Mondays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Weekly Didactic Symposium, Wednesdays 12:30-2 p.m. 
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Third Tuesday of each month 1-1:30 p.m. 
  • Journal Club, Every other Thursday 1-2 p.m.
  • Radiobiology and Medical Physics, Friday 9:30-12 p.m.

Interdepartmental Conferences and Lectures

  • General Tumor Board, Tuesdays 12-1p.m.
  • Thoracic Tumor Board, Every other Tuesday 9-10 a.m.
  • Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, First Wednesday of the month 9-10 a.m.
  • Head and Neck Oncology Conference, Third Wednesday of the month, 8. a.m.
  • Uro-Oncology Conference, Third Tuesday of the month, 8 a.m.
  • Neuro-Oncology Conference, Fridays 8:15-9 a.m.
  • Radiology-Pathology Conference, Fridays 12-1 p.m.

Examinations

Each year, resident physicians are required to take the In-Service Training Examination administered by the American Board of Radiology. This comprehensive exam covers clinical oncology, radiation physics, and radiobiology and is intended to prepare residents for the written board examinations and evaluate their performance relative to peers at the same level of training. This helps the program director and residents identify areas where improvement may be needed in basic science or clinical knowledge. The RAPHEX exam is also given annually specifically to assess physics proficiency.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).


For further information, please contact the program coordinator Silvia Gonzalez at 718.780.3677.