Radiation Oncology Residency
Our residency-training program in radiation oncology currently has 25 trainees, and is one of the largest programs of its kind in Canada.
This five-year program is structured to train the academic leaders of tomorrow and is research-intensive. The program’s strength is due to its large, multi-professional faculty’s extensive academic expertise, and advanced radiation medicine technology resources.
The clinical training occurs at:
- Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH)
- Odette Cancer Centre (OCC)
- affiliated teaching hospitals in Toronto
The PGY1 year (Basic Clinical Year) involves:
- rotations in radiology, oncology, surgery, medicine, gynecology, paediatrics, and emergency medicine
- a two-month academic block in the winter that provides classroom teaching in the basic and clinical sciences relevant to the discipline, with emphasis on the CanMEDS roles and research methodology
The PGY2 year is comprised of:
- six months general medicine, including medical oncology
- six months of introductory radiation oncology, designed to give a familiarity with the principles of radiation oncology and application of CanMEDS roles to radiation medicine practice
PGY3, the foundation year:
- is spent in clinical radiation oncology rotations at OCC
- includes one month in physics/dosimetry and participation in the longitudinal applied physics course
In PGY4 & 5:
- residents select their rotations according to personal learning needs, including research and clinical electives
- residents assume increasing responsibility commensurate with their experience and ability
- curriculum includes applied anatomy and, in the final year, Royal College exam preparation
Academic half-day and “Treatment Planning Drills” occur every Friday afternoon throughout the academic year.