Program Overview

Program Overview

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.

Dr. Tsue and the residents enjoy a team building exercise
at Escape Room KC.

Objectives of the Residency Program

  1. To provide a well-rounded educational experience for clinical training in Radiation Oncology, with comprehensive understanding of oncology principles, radiation physics and biology.
  2. To provide an environment that promotes clinical expertise in Radiation Oncology, with exposure to the following:
    • a. Details of treatment
    • b. The pathology in each disease site
    • c. The key radiographic findings
    • d. Surgical / medical options for all the disease sites.
  3. To foster a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care through participation in disease site-oriented conferences.
  4. To introduce and promote clinical research through retrospective and prospective evaluation of patients treated at KUMC, including radiation physics and biology related research.

Duration and Scope of Training

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.

Lectures and Conferences

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

  • Journal Club
  • Patient Safety Conference (dedicated to dosimetry contouring and planning)
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • Faculty/Resident Research Meetings
  • Multi-Disciplinary Tumor Conferences

Annual Examinations

  • Annual In-Service Training Examination (TXIT) for clinical, physics, biology and statistics
  • Radiological Physics Practice Examination (RAPHEX)
  • Radiobiology Practice Examination (RABEX)
  • The Department Annual Mock Oral Board Exam

Faculty and Educational Resources

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:

  • East - Lee's Summit, MO
  • North Kansas City Hospital - Kansas City, MO
  • North - Kansas City, MO
  • South - Kansas City, KS
  • Southwest - Overland Park, KS
  • St. Mary's Hospital Blue Springs - Blue Springs, MO

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.

Radiation Oncology Residency Application Process

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.

Step 1: Apply

Application Deadline: October 31
Apply Online: Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Additional Required Materials: (Submit Through ERAS)

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Graduate Transcripts
  • USMLE Results
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Step 2: Interview

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:

Allen M. Chen, M.D., Residency Program Director
Joe and Jean Brandmeyer Endowed Chairman and Professor
Phone: 913-588-3612
Fax: 913-588-3663


Evie Kowalewski, M.S.M., Residency Program Coordinator
Phone: 913-588-4395
Fax: 913-588-3663

Mailing Address:

Department of Radiation Oncology
The University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Mailstop 4033
Kansas City, Kansas 66160


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