Radiation Oncology Residency Application Process
Trainees without previous radiation oncology experience are accepted into the residency program after finishing medical school and one year of postgraduate training (PGY 1). The clinical training should be taken in a flexible or rotating internship program that provides the trainee with experience in direct clinical care of patients. An internship in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery or surgical specialties, obstetrics and gynecology or family practice, for instance, will fulfill this requirement.
Stipends and Contracts
The amount of the stipend the resident receives is based on their number of post graduate years of education. Resident contracts are renewed every year. Renewal is subject to satisfactory work performance and appropriate academic progress.
Applications are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) program as offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges. All regular residency program positions are filled through participation in the National Resident Match Program. The Training Committee requests that all applications be completed and submitted by October 15th. After an application receives a favorable review, the committee requests a personal interview with the prospective trainee. Interviews are given by invitation only and are scheduled in four interview sessions. Six PGY-2 residency positions are filled annually, and 28-30 applicants are interviewed for these positions.
The Training Committee interviews up to eight candidates each week on selected dates in December and January (Fridays only). Applicants have a 30- to 45-minute group discussion with Division of Radiation Oncology Deputy Division Head, Bruce D. Minsky, M.D., and with Residency Program Director, Prajnan Das, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.. They also go on a tour of the department, the Proton Therapy Center and have lunch with current trainees. The committee interviews applicants individually in the afternoon. In the evening and after the interview process is complete, residents and members of the faculty get together with the candidates for informal conversation and refreshments.
For further information, contact the program by mail, phone, fax or e-mail:
Dr. Prajnan Das, Residency Program Director
Denise De La Cruz, M.Ed., Program Manager
Department of Radiation Oncology—Unit 97
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77030
Telephone: 713-792-2534 (Denise)