Training & Curriculum
Duration and Scope of Training
Resident education in radiation oncology must include five years of accredited, clinically oriented graduate medical education. The first year of postgraduate clinical training must be spent in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery or surgical specialties, pediatrics or a transitional-year program. This PGY-1 year must include at least nine months of direct patient care in medical and/or surgical specialties other than radiation oncology. This clinical experience must then be followed by four years focused on radiation oncology.
No fewer than 36 months of the four-year program must be spent in clinical radiation oncology. In addition, the program must provide a two-month rotation in medical oncology to include adult and pediatric patients, as well as a one-month rotation in both oncologic pathology and diagnostic imaging.
The medical oncology requirement may be met by documented attendance at regularly scheduled multidisciplinary conferences (at least four hours per month during the clinical rotations). The pathology and diagnostic imaging requirements may be satisfied through multidisciplinary conferences if pathology and imaging materials for both pediatric and adult patients are shown and discussed (at least one hour per month during the clinical rotations for each discipline). The remaining months must allow for in-depth experience in individually selected areas applicable to clinical radiation oncology.