Radiation Oncology Residency

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The overall goal of our training program is to provide our residents with optimal training and experiences necessary for them to master their skills and become exceptional Radiation Oncologists. Our residents are exposed to a diverse patient population with the full spectrum of disease pathology during their training. Low resident-to-faculty ratio permits close personal supervision in all phases of training. Teaching and clinical programs are resident-oriented. Exposure to a variety of tumor types and sites throughout training is believed to most closely simulate clinical practice. Our strong brachytherapy program, allows residents to participate and perform brachytherapy procedures in various disease sites including GYN, prostate, breast, sarcoma, endobronchial, head and neck, and liver.

Our growing SBRT/SRS program helps our residents to become proficient with stereotactic treatment techniques. We encourage all residents to actively participate in research and provide financial support for residents to presents their work at a national meeting. We also allocate a continuous six-month block for residents during their PGY4 year for dedicated research time to deepen their ability to appreciate, understand and critically analyze the radiation oncology literature. We prioritize resident education and provide our residents with weekly radiobiology and physics courses as well as ensure each resident one full academic day per week.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents per year:  2 - 3
Duration:  Four years, with one being in a transitional year program.
Postgraduate Training Required: PGY 1 (Transitional, Internal medicine, or Surgery)  
U.S. Citizenship Required: per GME office

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Moffitt Cancer Center, FL
  • Marshfield Clinic, WI
  • Ohio State University, OH
  • University of Cincinnati, OH
  • University of Miami/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, FL
  • Yakima Regional Medical Center, WA
  • Harrington Cancer Center, TX
  • Florida Hospital Waterman, FL
  • Kaiser Permanente, CO
  • 21ST Century Oncology, FL

Teaching Hospitals

  • University of Miami Sylvester C. Cancer Center Hospitals and Clinics
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • University of Miami Hospital.

Resident education in radiation oncology must include five years of accredited, clinically-oriented graduate medical education. Students applying for a radiation oncology residency are required to fulfill educational prerequisites, including a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university and a MD (Medical Doctor) diploma from a four-year medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) prior to have completed their PGY-1 year in an approved U.S. program. PGY-1 postgraduate clinical training must be spent in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery or surgical specialties, pediatrics, or a transitional-year program. Radiation Oncology residency training is a four-year program beginning at PGY II level.

Application Deadline:  All applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applications are reviewed by our Program Director. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified via email. Our interviews are typically held in early January. 

Rotations
The academic year is divided into six block rotations, during which each resident works solely with one attending. This schedule gives the residents exposure to each disease site several times during their residency. Faculty expectations correlate with each resident’s level of training. Residents are expected to attend tumor boards and conferences with their attending.

Call
Residents take call for one week at a time and are required to stay on campus until all patients have been treated. The call schedule is arranged in by seniority with first year residents averaging 8 – 9 calls per year.

Conferences
The residents are required to attend all weekly departmental conferences.

  • Resident Lecture Series – This year-long resident driven lecture series systematically covers the fundamental aspects of the diagnosis, work up, and management of cancers in each disease site with special attention given to the pertinent literature. This conference takes place on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8 am.
  • Clinical Lecture Series – This year-long faculty driven lecture series runs in conjunction with the resident lecture series to allow more detailed discussions regarding treatment planning, surgical techniques, brachytherapy planning, and case based “oral board” style reviews. The lectures are given by both our own faculty as well as faculty from other departments such as urology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, and medical oncology. This conference occurs twice per month on Wednesday mornings starting at 8 am.
  • New Patient Conference – All patients starting treatment over the prior week are presented to the faculty for review of the clinical history and radiation treatment plan. Residents are expected to present the patients of the faculty member with whom they are working. This conference occurs every Thursday morning at 7:30 am.
  • Physics – This annual course meets one to two times per week from 12 – 1 pm throughout the year. A member of the physics faculty presents the required curriculum through use of PowerPoint lectures and instructional videos.
  • Radiation Biology – This annual course meets weekly for 1.5 hours on Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. The required curriculum is presented through a series of PowerPoint lectures and review of ASTRO questions.
  • Morbidity and Mortality – Residents present patient cases that involved severe adverse events resulting in hospitalization, an unplanned break in treatment, discontinuation of treatment, or death. A discussion on strategies for avoiding toxicities, recognizing and managing toxicities, and analyzing and correcting any medical errors follows.
  • Visiting Faculty Series – Each year the department sponsors four to five experts in Radiation Oncology from other institutions. The guest faculty member typically meets alone with the residents for two hours for an educational session in addition to giving a lecture to the department. Recent guest faculty include Dr. Bucchholz from M.D. Anderson, Dr. Arthur from VCU, Dr. Yamada from Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Dr. Grigsby from Washington University

Board Exam Requirements: Step 1

Educational & Other Experience
Our residents are exposed to a diverse patient population with the full spectrum of disease pathology during their training. Low resident-to-faculty ratio permits close personal supervision in all phases of training. Teaching and clinical programs are resident-oriented. Exposure to a variety of tumor types and sites throughout training is believed to most closely simulate clinical practice. Our strong brachytherapy program, allows residents to participate and perform brachytherapy procedures in various disease sites including gynecology, prostate, breast, sarcoma, endobronchial, head and neck, and liver. Our growing SBRT/SRS program helps our residents to become proficient with stereotactic treatment techniques. We encourage all residents to actively participate in research and provide financial support for residents to present at national meeting. We also allocate a continuous six-month block for residents during their PG-4 year for dedicated research time to deepen their ability to appreciate, understand and critically analyze the radiation oncology literature. We prioritize resident education and provide our residents with weekly radiobiology and physics courses as well as ensure each resident one full academic day per week.

Research
Our residents have six months of protected research time in their PGY4 year to dedicate to a physics or radiation biology related project. We also encourage our residents to get involved with other research projects during their clinical rotations. As part of our commitment to the residents, we provide full financial support to any resident presenting their work at a national meeting.

Call
Residents take call for one week at a time and are required to stay on campus until all patients have been treated. The call schedule is arranged in by seniority with first year residents averaging eight to nine calls per year. 

Program Director: Cristiane Takita, MD, MBA
Associate Program Director: Raphael Yechieli, MD

Yamira Cuervo
Program Coordinator
Phone:  305-243-4337
Fax: 305-243-4363

Prospective Residents

Physicians Services / Housestaff Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower Room 1004
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123

Graduate Medical Education Office
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Institute 118B
1611 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Phone: 305-585-4310
Fax: 305-585-4309

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