Residency Program in Radiation Medicine
Description: The residency program in Radiation Medicine at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine is designed to provide a comprehensive clinical and didactic education for residents in the field of Radiation Oncology using the newest state-of-the-art equipment and clinic. House officers enter the University of Kentucky in their PGY-1 year to complete a mandatory transitional year of surgery, internal medicine and pediatric oncology rotations. The first year has been designed specifically to prepare residents for the four-year education in the field of Radiation Medicine. This educational endeavor occurs from the PGY-2 through the PGY-5 level. The residents are required to rotate on the various services of Radiation Medicine during their residency training period. The length of each rotation is generally three months.
Goals and Objectives: The purpose of the residency training program is to train highly skilled radiation oncologists who are familiar with the most advanced techniques in clinical treatment and who understand the principles of cancer therapy. Through their clinical rotations residents will gain experience in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of cancer patients. Under staff supervision, residents will evaluate new patients and participate in the simulation and planning of patient treatment. Throughout the training program, residents gain experience in external beam irradiation using x-rays or electrons and interstitial or intracavitary brachytherapy using a variety of sources. Residents will gain first-hand knowledge of treatment outcome following patients through the course of treatment in follow-up clinics. Clinical training also includes morning chart rounds three times per week, resident teaching conferences, journal clubs and invited lectures. Residents are highly encouraged to use standard textbooks and computer-based education for self-education regarding the disease processes seen in radiation oncology.
Many tumor boards and multi disciplinary clinics provide clinical training that involve faculty both inside and outside the department. This experience with multidisciplinary patient management offers a template for interactions with colleagues in medical fields other than radiation oncology. Residents also rotate outside the department with required rotations in Pathology, Medical Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology and Pediatric Radiation Oncology, thus enhancing the resident’s knowledge and appreciation of other specialties in the field of oncology. The residents also interact with primary care physicians, language translators, social workers, rehabilitation specialist and hospice officials when caring for patients, thereby enhancing their interpersonal communication skills as well as their knowledge of systems-based practice. Once per week the attending and resident will meet with a CPT coding specialist to check charts to ensure proper billing.
In addition to the clinical skills obtained on the various Radiation Medicine rotations, residents attend didactic lectures in Radiation Physics and Radiation Biology each year. The Physics course is conducted in the spring and the Radiobiology in the fall. Residents are exposed to these courses on an annual basis to help emphasize and consolidate important concepts and information. Residents conduct a minimum of one clinical, radiation biology or radiation physics research project during the residency. This research is submitted for publication prior to completion of the residency program. Following conclusion of their residency training, residents emerge skilled to tackle clinical issues in modern radiation oncology, suitable for a career in clinical or academic departments.
Applying: Radiation Medicine accepts one resident each year starting at the PGY 2 level. Applicants are preferably accepted through ERAS. Applicants may register on the MyERAS Web site and begin completing their applications. (Note: Applicant may select programs; but cannot apply to our residency program before September 1st.) On September 1st applicants may begin transmitting their application. We will not accept any applications past October 31. Invitations for interviews will be sent out in the 2nd or 3rd week of November. The interviews with faculty will be held on a Saturday in late November or Early December. Rank order list is submitted to the NRMP based on the recommendations of the faculty and in training residents. In March the National Resident Matching Program results will be available.
Documents that are mandatory when applying for our residency position: CV, transcript, photo, MSPE, at least 3 letters of recommendations, USMLE Transcript, ECFMG status report (if applicable), and personal statement. Suggested items to have by December 1st on the ERAS system would be USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS scores.
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