Program Overview

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.

Objectives of the Residency Program

  • To provide a well–rounded educational experience for clinical training in Radiation Oncology, with comprehensive understanding of oncology principle, radiation physics and biology.
  • To provide an environment that promotes clinical expertise in Radiation Oncology, with exposure to the following, details of treatment, the pathology in each disease site, the key radiographic findings, and surgical / medical options for all the disease sites.
  • To foster a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care through participation in disease site-oriented conferences.
  • 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

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