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.

Application Process

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. Applications must 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. Seven PGY-2 residency positions are filled annually, and 30-32 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-minute group discussion with Radiation Oncology Division Head, Stephen Hahn, M.D., and Residency Program Director, Prajnan Das, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.. They also go on a tour of the department 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.

We understand that interview season may be stressful.  Our goal is to reduce the worry that applicants may experience during the match process.  Thus, our program was one of the signatories of the recent red journal commentary, ‘Taking “the Game” Out of the Match: A Simple Proposal.’

  1. We are committed to the letter and the spirit of NRMP rules.
  2. We will not solicit any information from applicants on how high we are on their rank list.  We strongly discourage applicants from volunteering such information.  We will not answer emails, letters or thank-you notes.  Please understand that thank-you notes are not necessary.
  3. We will not directly or indirectly divulge to applicants their position on the rank list.  Our program director, chair and faculty will refrain from post-interview communication.
  4. After the interview day, applicants desiring more information about our program will be directed to the program coordinator.
  5. Applicants may report potential violations of match policies or principles to the online suggestion box.


For more information, contact Dr. Prajnan Das, Associate Professor and Residency Program Director or Denise De La Cruz, M.Ed., Program Manager

Department of Radiation Oncology - Unit 1422
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street, FCT6.5000
Houston, Texas 77030

Telephone: 713-792-2534 
Fax: 713-563-8645
E-mail: ddlcruz@mdanderson.org