Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that focuses on treating oncology patients with radiation. Both pediatric and adult patients are treated in the practice of radiation oncology.

The majority of these patients have a malignancy, which may be involving any site or organ system. A limited number of patients are treated for benign conditions. The typical practice setting is a hospital-based community or academic practice. External beam therapy with either a photon beam or an electron beam, focused on the site of the tumor, is most commonly utilized. Brachytherapy (or implanting a radioactive source directly in the tumor) is also employed in a smaller portion of patients.

 

Residency Training

  • Duration of training: Five years (internship plus 4 years).
  • Number of programs nationally: 88 programs, with 81 participating in the Match for 2014-15.
  • Number of entering residency positions per year: 170 (majority for PGY2).
  • Types of fellowships or subspecialties: Several fellowships and no subspecialties. There are no board certifications for completing a fellowship.
  • Type of Match: Regular.
  • Overall competitiveness: Very Competitive. This is a difficult match for the "average" student.

 

Primary Faculty Contact for M1's and M2's

Clerkship Program Director: Dr. Michelle Kim 
michekim@umich.edu
734-647-3142

Clerkship Program Coordinator: Samantha Harbarcuk
harbars@med.umich.edu 
734-647-3142

 

Medical Student Club or Interest Group

Radiation Oncology Student Interest Group

(Facilitators: two(2) M4 students each academic year)
(Advisors: Chief Residents each academic year)
2018-19 Chief Residents, Will Jackson, Pete Hawkins, Michael Green

 

Shadowing or Mentoring Experiences Available to M1's or M2's

Clerkship Program Director: Dr. Michelle Kim
michekim@umich.edu
734-936-7810

Clerkship Program Coordinator: Samantha Harbarcuk
harbars@med.umich.edu 
734-647-3142

 

Resources

 

Suggested Journals, Books & Information for Interested Students

  • International Journal on Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics (Int J Radiat Onc Biol Phys)
  • Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology, Perez and Brady (eds).
  • Handbook of Evidence-Based Radiation Oncology [Paperback] (2nd Ed), Eric K. Hansen and Mack Roach III, Springer Publishing