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Radiation Oncology Residency

Indiana University School of Medicine Radiation Oncology Residency Program is a four year program (PGY2 through PGY5) that begins after a physician completes a one-year internship in a clinical specialty, as required by the American Board of Radiology. The residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The physician educators who train residents in this program treat patients requiring radiation at IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Hospital, and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Hospital. In addition, outpatients from throughout the Midwest are referred by their primary care physicians or other oncology professional.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to this residency program must be received by November 1. The department prefers to receive applications through the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Two letters of recommendations must be submitted directly to the Residency Coordinator in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Interviews are conducted beginning in the fall of each year and may extend into early spring of the following year.

Program Progression

All residents take the In-Training Exam each spring. This exam is sponsored by the American College of Radiology and administered within the Department of Radiation Oncology. It is intended to test fund of knowledge and help the resident and Program Director assess the resident’s progress within the residency program.

The first year (PGY 2) of training in this residency program typically consists of ten months of clinical experiences with one-month rotations in physics and medical oncology.

Second year (PGY 3) training is typically comprised of eight to nine months of clinical, with one-month rotations in gynecologic oncology and otolaryngology. In addition, residents in this program can complete one to two months of research.

The third year (PGY 4) of this residency is typically structured with nine to eleven months of clinical, depending upon whether a one two-month research elective is designated, and a one-month elective rotation.

The fourth year (PGY 5) typically consists of clinical rotation with research option (as in year three) and a one-month elective rotation.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations occur on a team basis, allowing time with each attending and his or her specialties. As a part of the clinical rotation, each resident is responsible for initial patient workup, weekly treatment checks, dose prescriptions, port films, and management of the patient’s course of radiotherapy. This is accomplished under the direction of the attending physician.

Electives

Residency electives are available in pediatric oncology, research, surgical oncology, pathology, urology or radiology. One or more of these may be required at the discretion of the department chair or residency program director.