Radiation Oncology

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Radiation Oncology Residency

The Indiana University School of Medicine Radiation Oncology Residency program provides comprehensive training in the care of both adult and pediatric patients who require radiation therapy. Training occurs at the IU Simon Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center and the major tertiary referral hospital for cancer care in the state of Indiana.

Clinical Training with Accomplished Faculty

Under the direction of program director Susannah Ellsworth, MD, and associate program director Tim Lautenschlaeger, MD, PhD, radiology oncology residents serve a diverse population while caring for patients with a wide range of pathologies. Residents become proficient in all aspects of contemporary radiation oncology, including SBRT, stereotactic radiosurgery (both Gamma Knife- and LINAC-based) and brachytherapy (prostate LDR/HDR, gynecologic implants, breast) as well as standard external-beam radiation therapy techniques.

Founded in 1977, this graduate medical education program is fully accredited by the ACGME and remains the only radiation oncology residency in Indiana. Radiation Oncology faculty who are engaged in the training and mentoring of residents within the program include 10 clinical faculty, 10 medical physics faculty and three faculty radiobiologists.

Admission Requirements

The Radiation Oncology Residency Program typically offers two positions per year: one categorical (associated with a preliminary year in Internal Medicine at IU School of Medicine) and one advanced. Positions are offered only through ERAS.

Applicants must have anticipated/successful completion of an MD, MD/PhD or DO degree. International graduates must obtain ECFMG certification before applying. USMLE Step 1 scores must be available at the time of application; USMLE Step 2 is preferred but not required. All application materials must be submitted through the ERAS website.

Curriculum and Didactics

Curriculum and Didactics

The Radiation Oncology Residency Program curriculum includes 40 months of clinical radiation oncology rotations and eight months of electives.
Research

Research

Radiation Oncology residents are required to write and execute a mentored prospective clinical or translational protocol under the guidance of a clinical faculty member as well as the residency program directors.
Training Facilities

Training Facilities

Most Radiation Oncology resident rotations are at IU Simon Cancer Center and IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Senior residents also rotate at IU Health West Hospital.