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Medical Residency

Residency training in the UC Irvine Department of Radiation Oncology is an integrated program consisting of several different sites:

In collaboration with our integrated sites, we offer state-of-the-art radiation oncology technology and expertise. This allows us to provide a wealth of knowledge for students and trainees. Collectively we offer the following staff and facilites: 

  • 10 radiation oncologists
  • 6 physicists
  • 3 radiobiologists
  • Megavoltage linear accelerators
  • Kilovoltage unit
  • Tomotherapy unit
  • Gamma knife radiosurgery (Perflexion)
  • Cyberknife
  • Hyperthermia
  • High dose rate brachytherapy
  • Low dose rate brachytherapy
  • Mammosite
  • SAVI brachytherapy
  • Therasphere and SIRsphere
  • IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy)
  • IGRT (image guided radiation therapy)
  • VMAT (volumetric modulated arc therapy)
  • 3DCRT (3D conformal radiation therapy)

 

Eligibility

The UC Irvine radiation oncology residency program is a 4-year program (PGY 2-5). Residents are expected to have completed a PGY-1 year in an ACGME-accredited internal medicine, general surgery or equivalent program. 

Program Structure

Clinical rotations are in 4-month blocks. Residents rotate through all three sites during four years of training  with at least 20 months at the UC Irvine site.  There is an 8-month research block for either clinical or basic science research.

During clinical rotations residents are an integral part of the healthcare team.  They are expected to work closely with the attending physicians, nurses, dosimetrists, therapists, physicists and other ancillary staff to deliver excellent care. They are closely supervised on a one-on-one basis and during these rotations they have hands-on experience with all clinical aspects of radiation oncology. 

While informal one-on-one teaching occurs during the course of the entire rotation, each week residents have a dedicated academic half-day with a structured didactic  lecture series that covers topics in radiation therapy physics, radiobiology and clinical oncology.

The core faculty of medical physicists, radiobiologists and radiation oncologists are among the featured lecturers, but we also have many invited speakers from other faculties and departments across the UC Irvine Medical Center and the university as a whole. 

The department also has resident-led seminar and journal club series, both of which are supervised by faculty members.  Each morning, residents are expected to attend morning conference where patients are discussed and faculty are present to moderate resident learning.  Residents are also expected to attend numerous other presentations, lectures and tumor board conferences offered in collaboration with other departments. Senior level residents are also offered a chance to participate in the mock oral boards offered annually 

Research

Residents are expected to participate in ongoing independent clinical or basic science research throughout the entire training course.  We also provide an eight-month rotation whereby residents can immerse themselves in scientific research are expected to complete a publishable project in basic science or clinical research. 

Recruitment

All interested applicants must apply through ERAS. Recruitment is currently closed. Please check back in Fall 2017.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact our Residency Program Coordinator, Michelle Leung, at 714-456-8074, or via email at michelkl@uci.edu