The Department of Radiation Oncology is part of the UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute and is a full academic department recognized for cancer treatments and research studies. The radiation oncology residency program is oriented toward providing residents with a solid foundation for understanding the scientific advances that are constant in this field. Emphasis is placed on the development and assessment of residents' skills in each of the following competencies also required by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Primary goals and objectives for the training program are to provide each resident with a firm understanding of the following, the six competencies of the ACGME:
Residents complete work in three locations:
Residents serve two-month rotations in each of the six radiation services. Each year those assignments are reviewed and may be changed to meet the resident’s research and teaching needs.
Residents may rotate less at the VA during the PGY 2 year, and gradually increase at successive levels in the program. Clinical services with small clinic load are combined into a joint-service rotation.
Research rotations begin in a resident’s third or fourth year. Research rotations last four to 12 months depending on the project and clinical coverage needs. Typically, one resident is assigned to work with one of six attending physicians.
Residents must complete formal courses in Medical Physics and Cancer Biology. These courses alternate each year and are taught from September-April starting at 7 a.m. in the Radiation Oncology Department at Jackson Medical Mall. Topics are updated to meet the training requirements set by the American Board of Radiology.
Residents are expected to participate in and attend a variety of conferences.