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Residents in the Radiation Oncology residency receive the support they need to maintain a healthy work/life balance and wellness.

Resident Life

In the Department of Radiation Oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine, our residents receive the support they need to maintain a healthy work/life balance and wellness.

Resident Wellness

It is our mission that residents are valued in their primary role as learners during their four-year residency in the department, which we believe aids in resident wellness. Residents are not expected to cross-cover services due to another residents’ absence, only work with one attending per day with at least one academic day per week, do not cover patients who are seen and treated at a satellite facility at which residents do not rotate, are not expected to be physically present on weekdays or weekends to allow patients to be treated, and have up to 12 months of non-clinical time to pursue research or another degree. Our didactics are structured on discussion to further the knowledge base of our residents, without an atmosphere of stress or fear. Once a year, after the yearly in-service examination, our residents are excused from clinical duties for a resident-only wellness retreat supported by the department.

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Life in Indianapolis

“All my jokes are Indianapolis. All my attitudes are Indianapolis. My adenoids are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.”

– Kurt Vonnegut, author of Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and other novels

Indianapolis is the heart of Indiana and combines Midwestern hospitality and livability with big city amenities at a remarkable low cost of living that is ideal for our residents and their families. Whether your interests include food, drink, sports, music or outdoor activities, Indianapolis has something to offer for everyone.

Foodies and craft beer aficionados have seemingly never-ending options with the thriving restaurant and craft beer scenes. Sports enthusiasts can experience the largest single-day sporting event in the world at the Indy 500 or enjoy the atmosphere watching the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers, Indy Eleven, Indianapolis Indians or Indy Fuel. Indianapolis has been home to the Super Bowl and Final Four, and regularly hosts the Big 10 basketball tournament and Big 10 football championship. When it comes to music, Indy draws everything from national headliners to local indie acts. Our residents can enjoy the many accessible running and bike trails, spend time kayaking at Eagle Creek Park, or make a short trip to Brown County State Park or Turkey Run State Park to name a few options.

For family life, Indianapolis and the surrounding suburbs have highly rated public school systems. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the world’s largest children’s museum with a 4.7 rating based on 10,600 reviews.

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Learn more at Visit Indy.