Our fully accredited training program offers a five year residency, which begins with a transitional year sponsored by the Department of Radiation Oncology. The remaining four years are spent training in radiation oncology. Medical student electives are also available at Cleveland Clinic.
This superior academic and clinical training program is equipped with the latest radiotherapy and radiosurgery technology and designed to prepare our residents to become future leaders in the practice of radiation oncology.
Cleveland Clinic is a large tertiary care medical center. Accordingly, there is ample clinical experience for residents in training. Residents are exposed to a variety of malignancies and treatments during their training. The department has 2 CT simulators, along with 6 linear accelerators treating up to 150 patients per day.
Experience in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiotherapy (lung, spine, liver, prostate), permanent prostate seed brachytherapy (~7-8 cases/week), total body irradiation, high dose rate brachytherapy, hyperthermia, radioimmunotherapy, and intraoperative radiation are an integral part of Cleveland Clinic's program.
Pediatric experience is gained throughout training and during a dedicated month rotation at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the PGY-4 or 5 year.
PGY 1 (Transitional year)
|Hematology / Oncology
|Subspecialty Oncology Clinic
|Radiology / Pathology
Applicants matching to Cleveland Clinic's Radiation Oncology Residency Program are required to complete their first year of residency at Cleveland Clinic. A unique transitional year has been created by the department to expose new residents to a dynamic mix of surgical and medical rotations, with an emphasis on the management of patients with cancer. As an intern, you will meet and work closely with many of the same surgeons and oncologists that you will continue to work with throughout the remainder of your specialty training.
Orientation at Cleveland Clinic for all incoming residents and interns begins in the last week of June, and full clinical duties begin July 1st.
PGY 2-PGY 5 (Radiation Oncology)
During the PGY-2 year, new resident are immersed in introductory physics and radio-biology course work in addition to exposure to the fundamentals of radiation oncology. Areas covered include work-up, treatment planning process, delivery of radiation and follow up of patients receiving radiotherapy.
During the PGY-3 year, the residents are expected to improve their understanding of all aspects of radiation oncology, especially the treatment planning process, and also to develop a research interest for the following year.
During the PGY-4 year, residents are expected to perform clinical or basic science research for six to nine months under the supervision of an appropriate Cleveland Clinic faculty member. The remaining time will be spent in electives such as dosimetry and community radiation oncology. One member of the PGY-4 class is selected by the faculty to serve as Chief Resident.
During the PGY-5 year, the level of responsibility is increased. The year is structured to consolidate clinical skills and the knowledge base acquired during the previous three years.
Resident teaching conferences are held daily between 8:00-9:00 am and are staffed by radiation oncology attending physicians and medical physicists. Residents are exempt from clinical duties during these times.
Case presentation and discussion of a specific disease site, twice per week. Residents and staff discuss anatomy, work-up, imaging, treatment options, and field design. Residents are expected to study and a handout is distributed at the conclusion of the meeting.
A conference to discuss the set-up, planning, and techniques of radiation delivery.
Physics and Radiation Biology Lectures
Weekly interactive lectures in physics and radiation biology are given by faculty members for residents in the PGY-2 to PGY-4 years.
Monthly meetings to discuss recent articles in the field.
Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds
Bi-weekly lunch time educational sessions, conferences led by faculty members or residents.
Regularly scheduled multidisciplinary conferences, attended by medical oncology, surgery, and radiation oncology in the areas of lung, breast, CNS, head & neck, gynecology, gastroenterology, and lymphoma.
Visiting Professor Program
At least four times per year, leaders in radiation oncology are invited to spend a day at Cleveland Clinic. Usually, the invited professor will give a lecture and then spend the morning discussing specific cases or issues in radiation oncology with residents.
Research & Meetings
Resident research activity can begin early at Cleveland Clinic. Although there is a dedicated 6-9 months of research time in the PGY-4 year, many junior residents have oral or poster presentations at national meetings such as ASTRO, ASCO, RSNA, AUA, and SNO.
Cleveland Clinic allows residents to attend a meeting of their choice starting in the PGY-2 year. All residents in their PGY-3, 4, and 5 year typically attend ASTRO.
Additional funding is available within the department for residents who present research at other national meetings.
- Vacation: 15 days (3 weeks) per year + variable number of meeting days and institutional holidays
- Call Schedule: Home call, one week at a time.
- Book fund: An individual book fund is available for all residents to purchase texts.
- Office space: Each resident has personal desk space with a computer and dual monitors. The residents' room is on the 2nd floor (windows!).
- Pagers: Cleveland Clinic has a text paging system.
Applications are accepted between September 1 - October 15
There are typically three positions available per year (in the 2014 match, only two positions are available). Cleveland Clinic and the Radiation Oncology Program participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for the application process and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for the matching of residents to programs.
The internship year is incorporated into the residency program at CCF. Therefore, applicants who match at Cleveland Clinic for residency will also match at CCF for their internship.
Applications will be reviewed upon completion and selected candidates will be invited for interviews. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified in November and interviews will typically occur on Mondays in January. The interview schedule begins with an informal evening with the residents at a local restaurant. This is an opportunity for the applicants to get to know the residents and ask questions.
Each candidate is provided with an individualized timetable for their interview day (typically Monday). For all candidates, this includes a program overview over breakfast with the program director at approximately 7:30 am, morning conference beginning at 8:00 am, after which applicants interview with various members of the department. Each candidate will meet with 6-9 faculty members on interview day, including the Chairman, the Program Director, and the Chief Medical Physicist. Interviewees are also given an opportunity to spend some time in the clinic. Prior to completing their final interviews, applicants have another chance to get to know the residents during the informal interview day lunch. The day typically concludes around 2:00 pm, although schedules may vary.
Cleveland Clinic subsidizes a proportion of accommodation fees.
Elective Medical Student Rotations
Fourth year medical students interested in an elective rotation in the Department of Radiation Oncology should contact Carolyn Sanford regarding availability at email@example.com or by phone at 216-445-4379.
Further information about medical student elective rotations at Cleveland Clinic, including requirements, eligibility and the application form can be viewed at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Student Elective Website.
Students who perform electives at Cleveland Clinic are often expected to function as independent residents. Responsibilities include evaluation of patients, dictation, and presentation of a morning conference. Both research and clinical electives are available.
You may obtain additional information about the Radiation Oncology Residency Program by contacting:
Department of Radiation Oncology
9500 Euclid Avenue T-28
Cleveland, OH 44195
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