Radiation Oncology Residency Program
The Radiation Oncology Residency Program at Moffitt Cancer Center is sponsored by the University Of South Florida Office Of Graduate Medical Education. Moffitt Cancer Center serves as the primary training site and assumes ultimate responsibility for the residency program. The James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital and the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, serve as participating training institutions. The residency complies with all requirements of the American Board of Radiology and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The curriculum and goals and objectives are competency based and broken down by PGY level to include specific objectives as required by the Radiation Oncology Review Committee.
Clinical Training: Resident physicians participate in all aspects of Radiation Oncology in all disease sites, including pediatric radiation oncology. The Moffitt Cancer Center ensures an abundant number of cases, including a high number of rare malignancies. The four-year program includes no fewer than 36 clinical months broken into three-month rotations for the required core clinical curriculum. Residents have six months of research time, which may be spent in a laboratory doing “bench science” or researching clinical questions. In the final year, residents have approximately three months for additional electives, which are determined in conjunction with the Program Director and are geared toward residents’ individual interests. The Moffitt Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology has a dedicated brachytherapist. Consequently, residents spend three months on this high-volume service, performing procedures on patients with gynecologic, genitourinary, head and neck tumors as well as sarcomas. In the past year, we treated over 250 patients with LDR and HDR brachytherapy (intracavitary and interstitial).
Dosimetry: Residents receive one-on-one dosimetry training during the departmental orientation followed by ongoing training and day-to-day involvement in treatment planning. Residents also complete a month-long rotation, typically in their second (PGY-3) year.
In order to foster scholarly activities, training faculty will provide mentoring and technical support for residents involved in research activities. Residents will be required to complete an investigative project(s) during their training program under the direction of faculty members. The results of such projects shall be submitted suitable for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly journals or presentation at scientific meetings. Ongoing programs in research and outcome analysis are strongly supported by the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Clinical, basic science, translational and behavior outcomes research are an integral part of our department. The Division of Radiation Oncology maintains a central research office. All regulatory, research, nursing, and data management functions are coordinated within the program. Regulatory staff acts as a liaison between the investigator and the IRB, coordinating all aspects of the research approval process which includes assisting in the writing of clinical trials and Informed Consents, the IRB application and approval process, and yearly reviews for each trial. The research nursing staff supports the investigator in screening and enrolling patients to clinical trials, provides data management support, staff education and training, coordinates and implements protocol-related orders for study patients and prepares medical charts for audits.
- Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
- Satisfactory completion of PGY-1 level or greater year in a United States ACGME accredited program.
- The first year of postgraduate resident clinical training must be conducted in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery or surgical specialties, pediatrics, or a transitional-year program. PGY-1 preliminary training is not provided by the Radiation Oncology Residency Program.
- The experience will then be followed with four years of focused training in Radiation Oncology.
- Residents must have passing scores on USMLE Steps 1 and 2 or equivalent; qualify for a Florida State training license, BLS and ACLS certification and current ECFMG certificate (EFMGs only); and have the fulfillment of general criteria set forth for residents by the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
Number of Positions
Our program has an approved complement of 9 residents; we accept 2-3 per year.
How to Apply
We are dedicated to producing quality, highly trained radiation oncologists prepared to seek careers in academic medicine. To achieve this goal, the program seeks candidates based on their preparedness, ability, academic credentials, communication skills, motivation and integrity, and does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, origin, disability, or veteran status. The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and we only accept applications submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You must thus register for both ERAS and NRMP. No appointments are made outside the NRMP. Please note: Residents must apply independently for the PGY1 year.
Your application must include:
- Official college, graduate school and medical school transcripts
- An official record of board scores (NBME, FLEX, USMLE, LMCC, COMLEX, VQE, FMGEMS)
- Dean’s letter
- Three letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal statement
- ECFMG Certificate for graduates from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada
- Applications due in Fall
- Two interview dates by early January each year.
- Applicants notified through NRMP Match in the spring.
- Residency begins July 1 each year.
Sample Contract, Salary, Benefits
Thomas Dilling, MD
Radiation Oncology Program Director
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
12902 Magnolia Drive, MCC-GME
Tampa, FL 33612