Radiation Oncology Residency : Overview

Residency Program Overview

Rotations – The academic year is divided into six block rotations, during which each resident works solely with one attending. This schedule gives the residents exposure to each disease site several times during their residency. Faculty expectations correlate with each resident’s level of training. Residents are expected to attend tumor boards and conferences with their attending.

Call – Residents take call for one week at a time and are required to stay on campus until all patients have been treated. The call schedule is arranged in by seniority with first year residents averaging 7-8 calls per year and decreased call responsibilities in subsequent years.

Conferences – A wide variety of weekly departmental conferences are offered for resident education.

  • Resident Lecture Series – This year-long resident driven lecture series systematically covers the fundamental aspects of the diagnosis, work up, and management of cancers in each disease site with special attention given to the pertinent literature. This conference takes place on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8 am.
  • Clinical Lecture Series – This year-long faculty driven lecture series runs in conjunction with the resident lecture series to allow more detailed discussions regarding treatment planning, surgical techniques, brachytherapy planning, and case-based “oral board” style reviews. The lectures are given by both our own faculty as well as faculty from other departments such as urology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, and medical oncology. This conference occurs weekly on Wednesday mornings starting at 8 am.
  • New Patient Conference – All patients starting treatment over the prior week are presented to the faculty for review of the clinical history and radiation treatment plan. Residents are expected to present the patients of the faculty member with whom they are working. This conference occurs every Thursday morning at 7:30 am.
  • Physics – This annual course meets 2 times per week from 12:15 – 1:15 pm throughout the year. A member of the physics faculty presents the required curriculum through use of PowerPoint lectures.
  • Radiation Biology – This annual course meets weekly from 4-5:30 on Tuesday afternoons throughout the year. The required curriculum is presented through a series of PowerPoint lectures and review of ASTRO questions.
  • Morbidity and Mortality – Residents present patient cases that involved severe adverse events resulting in hospitalization, an unplanned break in treatment, discontinuation of treatment, or death. A discussion on strategies for avoiding toxicities, recognizing and managing toxicities, and analyzing and correcting any medical errors follows.
  • Visiting Faculty Series – Each year the department sponsors 4 – 5 experts in Radiation Oncology from other institutions. The guest faculty member typically meets alone with the residents for 1 – 2 hours for an educational session in addition to giving a lecture to the department. Recent guest faculty include Dr. Ellis from UH Cleveland Medical Center, Dr. White from Ohio State, Dr. Movsas from Henry Ford, Dr. Hoppe from Stanford, and Dr. MacDonald from Harvard.

Training sites – The residents see patients at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and University of Miami Hospital. See the Facilities and Technology tab for details about each site.

Research – Our residents have 6 months of protected research time in their PGY4 year to dedicate to projects of their choosing. We also encourage our residents to get involved with other research projects during their clinical rotations. As part of our commitment to the residents, we provide full financial support to any resident presenting their work at a national meeting.

Salary/Benefits – Salaries and benefits are re-negotiated yearly between the hospital and our resident union (CIR). 2016-2017 figures include a PGY-1 salary of approximately $52,788, with an additional $1,500/year professional allowance, and $50 bi-weekly pay supplement. Additional details are available here. The department also provides each resident with an additional yearly allowance for educational expenses that can be used for books, conferences, or other educational materials. Residents are allotted four total weeks of vacation time in addition to two total weeks of sick time per academic year. The vacation time may be taken at the discretion of the residents, but may not exceed two consecutive weeks. Comprehensive medical and dental insurance is offered as part of the resident compensation package. A Jackson First HMO plan is available at $0 premiums for residents. Residents are also given a meal card for use at the Jackson Memorial Hospital cafeteria as well as a daily allowance at the University of Miami cafeteria. Parking is readily available in multiple on-campus parking garages for a nominal monthly fee.