The first year (PGY 2) typically consists of ten months of clinical, with one-month rotations in physics and medical oncology.
Second year (PGY 3) is typically comprised of eight to nine months of clinical, with one-month rotations in gynecologic oncology and otolaryngology. In addition, one to two months of research may be undertaken (see Research section).
The third year (PGY 4) is typically structured with nine to eleven months of clinical (depending upon whether a one two-month research elective is designated), as well as a one-month elective rotation (see below for choices).
The fourth year (PGY 5) typically consists of clinical rotation with research option (as in year three), and a one-month elective rotation.
Clinical rotations are done on a team basis, allowing time with each attending and his or her specialties. As a part of the clinical rotation, the resident is responsible for initial patient workup, weekly treatment checks, dose prescriptions, port films, and management of the patient's course of radiotherapy. This will be accomplished under the direction of the attending physician.
The physics rotation consists of training in basic physics, treatment planning, daily treatment setups and brachytherapy calculations.
Elective Rotations: Electives can be chosen in pediatric oncology, research, surgical oncology, pathology, urology or radiology. One or more of these may be required at the discretion of the Chair or Program Director.
All residents take the In-Training Exam each Spring. This exam is sponsored by the American College of Radiology and administered within the Department of Radiation Oncology. It is intended to test fund of knowledge, and help the resident and Program Director assess the resident's progress within the residency program. In addition, residents participate in the annual RAPHEX exam for Physics.