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.
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.
Goals and Objectives
- To provide a robust and diverse educational experience for clinical training in radiation oncology, with the comprehensive understanding of oncologic principles, treatment techniques, dosimetry, physics, and radiobiology
- To provide an environment that promotes clinical, basic science and medical physics research opportunities in oncology, with access to a diverse group of faculty mentors to choose from with associated disease site, basic science and radiation modality/technology expertise
- To graduate residents with strong interpersonal and communication skills by fostering a multidisciplinary approach to patient care through participation in cancer care in both the academic and community care setting that brings together highly specialized medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and other associated cancer care specialists
- To allow curriculum flexibility that enables trainees to maximize their individual learning experiences such that they feel best prepared for success in the subsequent academic/community setting they desire to make a positive impact on
- To graduate residents who practice compassionate care and who deliver high quality patient care
- To graduate residents who successfully complete the board certification process in 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 faculty. 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 (UMMC), the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) in downtown Baltimore, the Central Maryland Radiation Oncology Center in Columbia, the Upper Chesapeake Health Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air, the Tate Cancer Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, and the Requard Radiation Oncology Center in the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health in Easton.
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.
A few highlights of our teaching format include the following:
- Attending lectures
- Clinical talks (topic-based)
- Case Presentations (focused on background/workup OR on management of disease)
- Dedicated mock orals
- Guest attending lectures
- Jeopardy (board-exam style questions as content)
- Journal Club (clinical and biological)
- Patient centered communication workshops
- Physics/radiobiology talks
- Technology rounds
- Thermal Oncology Practice School
- 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 University of Maryland ranks in the top 10 of state-funded schools for research grants. Our residents have the opportunity to participate in research activities both within the Department of Radiation Oncology as well as collaborative projects with affiliated departments at the university and the School of Medicine. Each resident is required to complete a research project during his/her residency training and most residents participate in multiple research projects throughout their training. Residents have a dedicated six-month research block during their PGY-4 year. Our faculty are committed to assisting residents in all aspects of research and all of our residents have successfully presented their work at national meetings of professional societies.
State of the Art Clinical Training
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.
As clinical trainees, you will have the opportunity to train in the following facilities which include, but are not limited to:
- 4-D CT Capability
- Accelerated partial breast irradiation with SAVI, GammaPod, and 3DCRT
- Brachytherapy including:
- Gynecologic – HDR with interstitial capabilities
- Prostate – HDR and LDR
- Head and Neck – HDR
- Calypso 4D Localization System
- Deep and Superficial Thermal Therapy
- The Edge System
- Electron therapy
- Gamma Knife Treatment
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT – CBCT, KV, Calypso, others)
- Intensity Modulated Arc Therapy (IMAT; RapidArc)
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- PET-CT and MRI-CT fusion for target delineation
- Pencil beam scanning proton therapy
- Radioembolization, or Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) for liver tumors
- Respiratory monitoring and management
- Vision RT
- Spatially Fractionated (GRID) Therapy
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
- STx and brachytherapy
- Total Body Irradiation with translational couch
- Trilogy System
- Tumor Treating Fields
- Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)