Radiation Oncology Residency Program Education
Residents are provided with significant opportunities to enhance their training experience through a multitude of educational conferences. The academic year includes a clinical curriculum covering all major disease sites (three hours/week of didactic sessions, case conferences, and journal clubs). Additional training focuses on but is not limited to radiation biology, cancer biology, radiation physics, radiation safety, brachytherapy, medical statistics, population sciences, and diversity issues. Quarterly mortality and morbidity conferences and yearly mock oral board sessions supplement these didactics. In addition, Moffitt provides a series of learning opportunities specifically for the Moffitt fellows and radiation oncology residents. Our residents also participate in an annual Moffitt Research Day which is mandatory for all trainees at Moffitt. Our department hosts several prominent visiting professors per year as well, who all spend dedicated time specifically with the residents.
Residents participate in weekly multidisciplinary tumor boards with case presentations and discussion of treatment options during each clinical rotation. Faculty members from each of the respective disciplines are present at each of the conferences. Residents have considerable responsibility for the presentation of patient history and diagnostic findings.
Prominent visiting professors are hosted on a regular basis.
The residents share a room with the Brachytherapy Fellow and Advanced Radiation Oncology Fellow, which affords additional learning opportunities. Each resident/fellow has a dedicated desk, computer, and phone.
All clinical rotations are 1:1, based on an apprenticeship model with no cross-coverage, and include well-developed support teams with mid-level providers, clinical assistants, nurses, dosimetrists, medical secretaries, and physicists to allow residents maximal time and effort focused on direct patient care activities.
Residents receive three months of pediatrics/proton therapy training at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute. (Housing is funded through the GME office.)
Senior Residents rotate for three months at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital which is located adjacent to Moffitt Cancer Center, which includes Cyberknife experience.
Research – Dedicated 12 months which can be taken in one-month blocks in coordination with program director approval beginning PGY-3 year.
Education funds available for education expenses including books and expenses related to academic conference and attendance, board review courses and annual ABR membership fees.