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Residency Training - Radiation Oncology

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Program

The radiation oncology residency training program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is an ACGME-certified, four-year program that begins following the PGY-1 year. Our program consists of six residents and is designed to provide individualized training with emphasis on assisting each resident in attaining his/her specific goals of preparing for an active practice in radiation oncology, a research oriented career in academic radiation oncology, and to provide the next generation of superior teachers and leaders in radiation oncology.

During their training, residents become acquainted with clinical investigation, biostatistics, epidemiology, computer data management and analysis, ethical considerations in investigation, biomedical writing, and the development of new technologies. The department emphasizes the six ACGME Competencies. These include patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism and interpersonal and communications skills. Special emphasis is placed on the care of patients participating in national (COG, RTOG, GOG, SWOG, etc) and intramural clinical trials.

Program Description

Throughout the four years of training, residents rotate through the radiation oncology services in three-month rotation periods at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. In addition to learning from attending physicians at the forefront of their fields, the program provides the opportunity to see radiation oncology practice at a top tier tertiary academic center. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia is one of the nation's major university medical centers (total bed capacity 1,000) and is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over 2,500 new cancer patients are seen annually at Columbia University Medical Center; 1,100 new patients receive treatment in the Department of Radiation Oncology. The cancer center includes prevention programs, diagnostic services, basic science programs, clinical programs, translational research and support services.

During their clinical rotations residents are trained in diagnosis, patient evaluation, staging, and prescribing and implementing treatment under the direct supervision of an attending radiation oncologist. Residents participate in the radiotherapeutic management of all cases seen by their supervising attending. The faculty covers a broad range of treatment specialties and provides one-on-one education in treatment options in response to the characteristics of various types of cancer.

Residents are required to attend a series of conferences, tumor boards, grand rounds, and seminars scheduled throughout the week. Case presentations are given by residents with specific references from the appropriate literature to support their therapeutic decisions. Dr. Eric Hall and his basic science faculty give an annual radiation biology course. Formal lectures in radiation physics are held weekly under the direction of Dr. Cheng-Shie Wuu and the medical physics faculty. The educational environmental is further stimulated by monthly elective rotations by medical students from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and other medical schools and housestaff from other oncology subspecialties.

In addition to comprehensive clinical training, the program provides residents with opportunities to pursue clinical and laboratory research. Each resident is provided at least six months of research elective time to initiate and complete at least one clinical and/or basic science research project during his/her residency that is suitable for presentation at a national meeting and/or publication in a peer reviewed journal. A faculty member serves as a mentor for every resident project.

Eligibility

All applicants must be graduates of an accredited medical school. All applicants must complete an ACGME-approved internship (PGY-1) prior to entering the residency training program. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications are accepted only through ERAS, and each is thoroughly reviewed by the Program Director and a designated selection committee. The application must contain the following to be considered: three reference letters, USMLE scores, your dean's letter, and documented interest in radiation oncology (elective rotations, research activity, etc.). Interviews are scheduled via email. Each interview session lasts a full day and includes meetings with selected faculty members within the department of Radiation Oncology.

For international medical graduates, only J1 visas will be considered.

Contact

Residency Coordinator
Ms. Karen Schleif
Administrative Manager, Radiation Oncology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
CHONY North Basement Room 11
622 West 168th Street
New York, New York 10032
Tel. 212-305-7801
E-mail: kas2214@columbia.edu

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