Radiation Oncology Residency

Our residency-training program in radiation oncology currently has 25 trainees and is the largest program 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:

The PGY1 year (Basic Clinical Year) involves:

  • rotations in internal medicine, radiology, surgical oncology, gynecologic oncology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, pathology, palliative care, and a four-week elective
  • Two x 1-month academic blocks in September and May that provide teaching in basic oncology skills, communication skills, research methods, ethics, combined with clinical experience in radiation oncology, mentored by a senior resident

The PGY2 year is comprised of:

  • six, 4-week blocks of radiation oncology
  • two, 4-week blocks of general medicine (team)
  • three, 4-week blocks of medical oncology
  • one, 4-week block of relevant medical subspecialties
  • one, 4-week block of dosimetry
  • Longitudinal Physics and Imaging teaching every Tuesday morning at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • one-week Radiobiology course held at the University of Toronto

The PGY3, the foundation year:

  • is spent in clinical radiation oncology rotations at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Odette Cancer Centre
  • includes the Applied Physics course, which is held from September to April at the Odette Cancer Centre

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, which includes resident- and faculty-led teaching and oral based drills, occurs every Friday morning throughout the academic year.

Applying to Radiation Oncology Residency

Residents are admitted to the program through CaRMS, and we are currently only accepting accredited, North American medical school applicants.
All new residents are expected to have demonstrated leadership potential and research aptitude.
An interview with U of T Radiation Oncology faculty will be arranged through CaRMS in the January or February prior to July 1 entry into program.

Deadlines: Application dates are available through CaRMS, the Canadian Resident Matching Service.

If you have also applied to the U.S match through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), please be advised that the University of Toronto is a participating institution and adheres to the match policy. The policy states that "Applicants who have matched to a program or have accepted a position during the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), shall not apply for, discuss, interview for, or accept a concurrent year position in another program prior to the NRMP granting the requested waiver." More information is accessible at http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2019-MPA-Main-Residency-Match_Applicants-and-Programs.pdf


Trainees are renumerated throughout the duration of the residency program. Current salary rates are posted at the PARO website.

Please direct questions to Catherine Wong, Postgraduate Coordinator, at catherinek.wong@utoronto.ca