Residents spend approximately 41 of their 48 months of training rotating through the various clinical services. Rotations change every 2-3 months. Generally, residents work with one attending who specializes in a specific disease site(s). Over the course of four years, residents spend time at two affiliated hospitals—Strong Memorial Hospital (Wilmot Cancer Center ) and Highland Hospital—with the vast majority of rotations taking place at Strong Hospital. The two hospitals are located less than 2 miles from each other.
Rotations are structured to have residents work one-on-one with an attending, or, at most, two attending when assigned to a service. This structure ensures that the resident receives individual attention from his/her attending physician, and is provided with a consistent and methodical educational experience.
Each service is equipped with its own dedicated team of staff members including a clinical secretary, a nurse, and support person from the physics/dosimetry division. Our clinical faculty include internationally recognized leaders in stereotactic radiotherapy, pediatric oncology and lymphoma/leukemia.
Each resident gains a broad exposure to the entire spectrum of oncology patients and their treatment, developing an expertise in:
- Intensity modulated RT (IMRT)
- Stereotactic Radio-surgery (SRS)
- Stereotactic Body RT (SBRT, SABR)
- Image-guided RT (IGRT) (Tomotherapy, cone beam CT, kv-kv)
- 4D CT
- Total Body Radiation (TBI); Total Marrow Radiotherapy
- Brachytherapy (LDR prostate, HDR intracavitary)
- Unsealed Sources
Residents remain under the guidance of our attending for their entire four years of training. As they progress through higher levels of competence, residents are given increasing responsibility for the management of their patients, including therapeutic decision making and creativity in developing optimal treatment strategies.