The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) 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: