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Radiation Oncology Residency

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Thank you for your interest in the Radiation Oncology Residency at Baylor College of Medicine.

The Radiation Oncology Program is a four-year residency that requires a prerequisite of one postgraduate year of broad-based medical training in an ACGME-approved United States institution. Two positions are available each year. This program is located in one of the nation’s largest medical complexes, which provides affiliate hospitals that treat a large number of patients with cancer.

Residents rotate through the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, St. Luke’s Radiation Therapy and Cyberknife®, and Houston Methodist. These places are where a total of more than 2,400 new cancer patients receive radiation treatments each year. Advanced technologies are continually being implemented with experience provided in 3-D conformal radiation therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), and both Low (LDR) and High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy.

Baylor College of Medicine is recognized as a premier academic health science center known for excellence in education, research, and patient care.

Baylor College of Medicine trains more than 3,000 medical professionals and has affiliations with eight teaching hospitals. The Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center conducting more than $100 million in total cancer-related research.

Radiation Oncology Division

Radiation oncology is the branch of clinical medicine concerned with the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer, and certain non-neoplastic conditions utilizing ionizing radiation. Radiation oncologists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary management of the cancer patient, and must collaborate closely with physicians in related disciplines in the management of the patient.

At Baylor, Radiation Oncology is a section of the Department of Radiology. Originally ACGME accredited in February 1981, the Baylor Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program is a four year residency program (PGY-2 to PGY-5) designed to prepare qualified applicants for careers in Radiation Oncology, satisfy the eligibility requirements of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification in Radiation Oncology, and fulfill requirements of the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Candidates enter the program after completing their first postgraduate year (PGY-1, Internship or equivalent). No fewer than 36 months are spent in clinical radiation oncology.

The program consists of four participating teaching hospitals including Ben Taub Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St Luke's Medical Center, and Houston Methodist. Pediatric cancer patients from Texas Children's Hospital are seen at Houston Methodist. Residents are required to rotate at all four hospitals during their training.

With its many institutions, diverse patient population, various faculty, other affiliated ACGME oncology programs, state-of-the-art equipment, comprehensive didactic curriculum, and clinical and basic science research support, the Baylor radiation oncology program offers a full complement of educational opportunities. The radiation oncology program is committed to providing residents a strong foundation to fulfill ACGME core competencies, foster individual resident growth, and to graduate residents confident in their ability to practice competently in either an academic or private practice setting.