Training Goals - Radiation Oncology Residency
The ultimate goal at graduation is that the resident should demonstrate an ability to practice independently with achievement of the ACGME required competencies as noted below. The individual goals and objectives by year are included in our resident training handbook.
- Patient care (PC) that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
- Medical knowledge (MK) about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate (e.g., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
- Practice-based learning (PBL) and improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.
- Interpersonal and communication skills (ICS) that result in effective information exchange and collaboration with patients, their families and other health professionals.
- Professionalism (P), as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
- Systems-based practice (SBP), as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
Annual In-Training Examination
The American College of Radiology administers an in-training examination to residents in Radiation Oncology every first Thursday in March. We require all residents to take this examination.
The main purpose of this examination is to help gauge residents' abilities to study systematically and consistently. These skills are important not only for passing certification boards on the first try, but also for continued expansion of knowledge throughout their careers and for recertification years later.
The global results of the examination will also be used to gauge the effectiveness of the training program. Areas of consistent deficiency will be addressed by the Education Committee, resulting in improved teaching at multiple levels, including, but not limited to, new or improved didactic lectures, new conference formats, new distribution of cases or other modifications as appropriate.
The in-training examination is not used as a sole measure of a resident's success. We do expect our residents to perform above the national average; however, scores are always considered in context with many other measures of residence performance. In-training examination scores will never be the sole factor for failing to promote a resident to the next level of training or for expulsion from the program.
You are promoted each year to the next level of training based on satisfactory performance in all areas of training. These include, but are not limited to:
- Competency-based goals and objectives for each assignment at each training level
- Clinical acumen
- ACR In-Training Exam scores
- Passing tests in Radiobiology and Physics courses given yearly by our faculty
- Evaluations by faculty on each rotation
- 360-degree evaluations by multiple members of the various divisions in the department
- Attendance at all departmental conferences and appropriate tumor boards
- Ability to work effectively with peers and co-workers in the department
Our program has integrated the ACGME competencies into our curriculum. Our "resident handbook" has information on these competencies; however, please review specific details on the ACGME program requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Radiation Oncology.
Every resident in our training program practices a series of "mock" oral examinations as part of their training. In addition, the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology sponsors a national Radiobiology and Physics Review Course every year. The course is designed for residents preparing for their board exams as well as radiation oncology physicians preparing for their re-certification exams.