Radiation Oncology Residency
The University of Maryland Radiation Oncology Residency Program is a four-year training program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 1973. At present, we are accredited for 12 resident positions.
The Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Radiation Oncology, operating with the accreditation authority delegated to it by the ACGME reviewed the performance of the University of Maryland Radiation Oncology Training Program in 2009. After completion of the review, the RRC granted Continued Full Accreditation without citation and with two commendations. The next review is scheduled for 2015.
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The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology Resident Education Mission Statement:
Our goal is to cultivate an educational environment which provides the full spectrum of learning opportunities in clinical, medical physics and radiobiology. Our flexible curriculum is designed to enable residents to optimize their learning experience throughout their four years of training. It is our expectation that upon the completion of the program a resident will be an outstanding Radiation Oncologist, capable of making an immediate impact in either an academic or community practice setting.
You must complete one year of approved post-graduate training (PGY-1) prior to entering clinical training in Radiation Oncology. The first year of postgraduate clinical training must be spent in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery or surgical specialties, pediatrics or a transitional year program. This PGY-1 year must include at least nine months of direct patient care in medical and/or surgical specialties other than radiation oncology.
Forty-one of the 48 months of residency will be spent in required core clinical rotations. The remaining months will be used for elective time and laboratory or clinical research. Six months of dedicated research time will be approved for third year residents who are interested in laboratory or clinical research.
Teaching is carried out through didactic lectures, clinics and numerous teaching conferences, with emphasis on patient care, under the supervision of full-time staff. Elective time is spent in related oncological specialties to promote the multidisciplinary concept of managing cancer patients. The department enjoys state-of-the-art equipment and operates several sites both on and off- campus, which include a main facility in the Gudelsky Tower of the University of Maryland Medical Center, Central Maryland Radiation Oncology Center in Columbia, MD, Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air, MD and the Tate Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, MD.
There are many intradepartmental and interdepartmental conferences and tumor boards to attend. It is essential to the success of our teaching program that our residents attend all departmental conferences and all interdepartmental conferences appropriate for each rotation. They are designed to teach all levels of trainee, and accomplish important patient care functions on a daily basis. Residents are expected to present new patients seen the day before, or earlier, to the group. It is expected that any pertinent radiographs will be shown during the case presentation in the conference room. Handouts (paper or electronic) are mandatory for prepared presentations. A few highlights from our teaching format include the following:
- Clinical Talks (Topic-based)
- Physics/Radiobiology Talks
- Case Presentations -- focused on background/workup
- Case Presentations -- focused on mgmt of disease
- Jeopardy -- board-exam style questions as content
- Journal Club (Clinical and Biology)
- Mock Orals
- Technology Rounds
- Attending lectures
- Guest attending lectures
- Visiting professors
Research opportunities under the direction of selected faculty are available throughout the four-year program or during a six-month research block. The Department of Radiation Oncology is in the top 10 of state-funded schools for research grants. Each resident completes a research project during residency training. All of our residents have presented their work at national meetings of professional societies.
The Department at the University of Maryland is strongly committed to maintaining the quality of our educational program. Our department is at the forefront in innovation with its nationally recognized Medical Physics and Radiobiology Divisions, which provide outstanding clinical and research experiences for trainees. The facilities in which residents train include, but are not limited to the following:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Intensity Modulated Arc Therapy (IMAT; RapidArc)
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT - CBCT, kV, others)
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Gamma Knife Treatment
- Gamma Pod (2010)
- Respiratory Gated Radiation Therapy
- 4-D CT Capability
- PET-CT or MRI-CT fusion for target delineation
- Total Body Irradiation with translational couch
- Spatially Fractionated (GRID) Therapy
- Remote afterloading HDR brachytherapy
- Radioactive implants for prostate, GYN, liver (SIR spheres), and breast (MammoSite)
- Proton Therapy (PBT) coming in 2015