Radiation Oncology Residency
The University of Maryland Radiation Oncology Residency Program is a four-year training program
fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 1973.
At present, we are accredited for 12 resident positions.
The Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Radiation Oncology, operating with the accreditation
authority delegated to it by the ACGME reviewed the performance of the University of Maryland
Radiation Oncology Training Program in 2009. After completion of the review, the RRC granted
Continued Full Accreditation without citation and with two commendations. The next review is
scheduled for 2015.
See Our Current Residents and Residency Program Leadership.
The University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology Resident Education Mission
Our goal is to cultivate an educational environment which provides the full spectrum of
learning opportunities in clinical, medical physics and radiobiology. Our flexible curriculum
is designed to enable residents to optimize their learning experience throughout their four years
of training. It is our expectation that upon the completion of the program a resident will be an
outstanding Radiation Oncologist, capable of making an immediate impact in either an academic or
community practice setting.
You must complete one year of approved post-graduate training (PGY-1) prior to entering clinical
training in Radiation Oncology. The first year of postgraduate clinical training must be spent
in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery or surgical specialties,
pediatrics or a transitional year program. This PGY-1 year must include at least nine months of
direct patient care in medical and/or surgical specialties other than radiation oncology.
Forty-one of the 48 months of residency will be spent in required core clinical rotations. The
remaining months will be used for elective time and laboratory or clinical research. Six months
of dedicated research time will be approved for third year residents who are interested in
laboratory or clinical research.
Teaching is carried out through didactic lectures, clinics and numerous teaching conferences, with
emphasis on patient care, under the supervision of full-time staff. Elective time is spent in
related oncological specialties to promote the multidisciplinary concept of managing cancer
patients. The department enjoys state-of-the-art equipment and operates several sites both on and
off- campus, which include a main facility in the Gudelsky Tower of the University of Maryland
Medical Center, Central Maryland Radiation Oncology Center in Columbia, MD, Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health in Bel Air, MD and the Tate Center at Baltimore Washington Medical
Center in Glen Burnie, MD.
There are many intradepartmental and interdepartmental conferences and tumor boards to attend. It
is essential to the success of our teaching program that our residents attend all departmental
conferences and all interdepartmental conferences appropriate for each rotation. They are
designed to teach all levels of trainee, and accomplish important patient care functions on a
daily basis. Residents are expected to present new patients seen the day before, or earlier, to
the group. It is expected that any pertinent radiographs will be shown during the case
presentation in the conference room. Handouts (paper or electronic) are mandatory for prepared
presentations. A few highlights from our teaching format include the following:
- Clinical Talks (Topic-based)
- Physics/Radiobiology Talks
- Case Presentations -- focused on background/workup
- Case Presentations -- focused on mgmt of disease
- Jeopardy -- board-exam style questions as content
- Journal Club (Clinical and Biology)
- Mock Orals
- Technology Rounds
- Attending lectures
- Guest attending lectures
- Visiting professors
Research opportunities under the direction of selected faculty are available throughout the
four-year program or during a six-month research block. The Department of Radiation Oncology is
in the top 10 of state-funded schools for research grants. Each resident completes a research
project during residency training. All of our residents have presented their work at national
meetings of professional societies.
State of the Art Clinical Training
The Department at the University of Maryland is strongly committed to maintaining the quality of
our educational program. Our department is at the forefront in innovation with its nationally
recognized Medical Physics and Radiobiology Divisions, which provide outstanding clinical and
research experiences for trainees. The facilities in which residents train include, but are not
limited to the following:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Intensity Modulated Arc Therapy (IMAT; RapidArc)
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT - CBCT, kV, others)
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
- Gamma Knife Treatment
- Gamma Pod (2010)
- Respiratory Gated Radiation Therapy
- 4-D CT Capability
- PET-CT or MRI-CT fusion for target delineation
- Total Body Irradiation with translational couch
- Spatially Fractionated (GRID) Therapy
- Remote afterloading HDR brachytherapy
- Radioactive implants for prostate, GYN, liver (SIR spheres), and breast (mammosite)
- Proton Therapy (PBT) coming in 2015
Details about applying to the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program.
Information about educational goals and expectations for residents in the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program.
Details regarding policies and practices for residents in the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program.