The Radiation Oncology residency program at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine consists of six residents and six full-time Radiation Oncology physician faculty. Resident rotations are divided in 2-3 month blocks by disease site. Each faculty physician specializes and performs research in a specific disease site(s). Residents will rotate equally amongst each faculty throughout training, allowing them to receive expert oversight and education while being exposed to a wide variety of malignancies and treatments. Residents will receive exposure and practice radiation oncology utilizing numerous treatment modalities including LINAC based external beam radiation therapy techniques (2D, 3D, IMRT, VMAT), total body irradiation, Gamma Knife SRS, brain and body stereotactic treatments (SBRT/SRS), various brachytherapy procedures (low and high dose rate brachytherapy, cervical and endometrial brachytherapy, eye plaque, prostate seeds), and the use of unsealed sources. Additionally residents will have the opportunity to rotate at the VA Medical Center located within walking distance of the Stephenson Cancer Center.
Our residents attend journal club, chart rounds, clinical didactic lectures given by radiation oncology faculty, and site-specific tumor boards which correlate with their current rotation. We have annual physics and radiobiology courses taught by our dedicated research and teaching staff.
7:30 am Resident Didactics
8:30 am Physics/Radiobiology Class
10:00 am Chart Rounds
Morbitity and Mortality Conferences held each quarter in conjunction with Chart Rounds.
Journal Club held monthly after hours.
The first year of post-graduate clinical education must be spent in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery or surgical specialties, pediatrics, or a transitional year program, and must include at least nine months of direct patient care in medical and/or surgical specialties other than radiation oncology. The year of clinical education must be followed by forty-eight months in an ACGME accredited radiation oncology program.
To become board eligible residents must spend a minimum of 36 months in clinical radiation oncology, two months in medical oncology, and one month each in pathology and radiology. Residents may choose to meet these requirements by documented attendance at regularly-scheduled tumor boards (at least four hours per month during the clinical rotations).
Each resident must treat at least 450 patients with external beam radiation therapy, five interstitial and 15 intracavitary brachytherapy procedures. Each resident must treat at least 12 pediatric patients, including at least nine with solid tumors. Each resident must demonstrate the requisite skills in successfully treating at least 20 patients with intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery and at least 10 patients with stereotactic body radiation therapy to the liver, lung, spine, or other extracranial sites. Each resident must demonstrate the requisite knowledge and skills in the administration of at least eight procedures using radioimmunotherapy, other targeted therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals, or unsealed sources.