The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), Department of Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program is designed to educate and train physicians to be skillful in the practice of Radiation Oncology, to be caring and compassionate in the treatment of patients and to obtain board experience not only in oncologic clinical radiation therapy, but also in radiation physics, radiation biology and research.
Following a year of general internship training, the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program consists of a total of four years (48 months). During these 48 months, the training is divided into 42 months devoted to clinical radiation oncology and 6 months for elective rotations. The clinical training consists of 40 months of rotations through our five clinical services with disease focus for adult malignancy and two months of pediatric radiation oncology. The residents rotate for two months and usually work one on one with the clinical faculty. During this time, the resident participates in all aspects of the patient care under the supervision of the clinical faculty.
The elective rotations include three months in a clinical or basic laboratory research setting, one month in medical oncology, one month in physics and one month elective rotation at the PGY 5 level, which allows the resident to obtain additional clinical experience from other institutions.
A series of ~50 didactic lectures are held annually that are designed to provide residents an in-depth knowledge of specific topics in radiation oncology, radiation physics and radiation biology. Other additional lectures and courses the resident will encounter during their training include research introduction, bio-statistics, and medical legal aspects of Radiation Oncology. In addition to the lectures outlined above, the other educational activities include:• Department Chart Rounds and New Patient Presentation Conference
The Department currently has a total of 14 full-time clinical faculty, nine medical physicists, two radiation biologists and total of 6 ACGME approved resident positions. Each of our faculty at our main office has at least two or more designated areas of special interest with advanced expertise.
The Department treats approximately 1,327 new patients per year; this includes over 800 simulations and approximately 1,200 patients in follow-up care with an average of 60 - 70 patients on daily treatment.
In addition to the main office clinic at KUMC, the Department also has six Community Cancer Program (CCP) facilities located across the Greater Kansas City Metro Area. Locations include:
Our clinical practice provides a broad spectrum of clinical experiences and progressive radiotherapy modalities including: 3-D Conformal Therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Intracavitary and Interstitial Brachytherapy (LDR/HDR), MammoSite, and Radio-immunotherapy as well as Unsealed Radioactive Source Therapy.
Clinical research in the Department of Radiation Oncology continues to be directed toward improving the clinical outcome, developing clinical protocol and accruing patients into clinical trials. The Department is a member of NRG with an annual accrual of 40-60 patients into the NRG clinical trials. Residents also have opportunities to participate in clinical research activities whose results are presented at national or international meetings and published as manuscripts.
Prospective residents may apply during the fall of their fourth year in medical school or in their PGY1 year (preferably the former). An applicant who successfully interviews during their fourth year of medical school will be offered a position at the PGY2 level with the stipulation that they must complete the required PGY1 training program (such as a rotating or flexible internship) at KUMC or another accredited institution.
Please refer to the University of Kansas Institutional Policy for Residency Eligibility, Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement prior to applying.
Application Deadline: October 31
Apply Online: Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Additional Required Materials: (Submit Through ERAS)
After an application receives a favorable review, the Committee requests a personal interview with the prospective trainee. Interviews are given by invitation only and are scheduled in three to four interview sessions on selected dates from November through January. One or two PGY-2 positions are filled annually, and 30-40 applicants are interviewed for these positions.
Applicants will have dinner with current residents on the evening before the interview day. On the day of the interview, applicants will have a 15 minute group discussion with the Department Chair and the Residency Training Program Director. They will also have a tour of the Department and Hospital facility. The applicant will then interview with the Committee individually.
For further information, contact the program by mail, phone or e-mail:
Dr. Fen Wang, Associate Professor
Director, Residency Training Program
Denise Rankin McField, Senior Program Coordinator
Department of Radiation Oncology
The University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mailstop 4033
Kansas City, Kansas 66160