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Residency Training - Radiation Oncology

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Program

The integrated radiation oncology residency training program at New York Hospital Queens and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell 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 foster both clinical and academic excellence.

The basic objectives of our residency program are to make the resident clinically strong in radiation oncology, while fostering a commitment to patient care. In addition, the resident will become acquainted with clinical investigation, biostatistics, epidemiology, computer data management and analysis, ethical considerations in investigation, biomedical writing, and the development of new technologies.

Program Description

Throughout the four years of training, residents rotate through the radiation oncology services in three-month rotation periods at both New York Hospital Queens and NewYork-Presbyterian. In addition to the nine attending physicians who participate in clinical resident education, the program provides the opportunity to see radiation oncology practice in two settings. NewYork-Presbyterian is a world-class academic medical center with highly sub-specialized referring physicians and the full complement of residents and fellows with whom to interact in clinical and research environments. New York Hospital Queens provides the opportunity to learn in a mixed academic and private-practice setting including direct interaction with the attending physicians from referring services. Additionally, the population in Flushing, Queens provides exposure to patients in as diverse a community as exists in the United States, with the variety of pathology that comes along.

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 receive training through formal didactic instruction, clinical experience, and regular educational conferences. The trainee is introduced to basic physics and clinical radiation oncology through a weekly lecture series taught by faculty. Weekly radiobiology lectures are attended with Dr. Barry Rosenstein at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Through these didactic sessions, journal clubs, chart rounds, brachytherapy conference and monthly grand rounds, residents are exposed to all clinical subspecialties of radiation oncology.

In addition to comprehensive clinical training, the program provides residents with opportunities to pursue clinical and laboratory research. Each resident is expected 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.


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. New York Hospital Queens/ NewYork-Presbyterian 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 on both the Manhattan and Queens campuses.

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


Residency Coordinator
Ms. Ramona Tirado

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