The Advanced Radiation Oncology Fellowship Program is designed for physicians who want additional clinical training and/or research experience before entering full-time radiation oncology practice. The one- to two-year program offers a unique opportunity to expand clinical experience and refine research focus. Fellows may choose five disease sites as topics for rotations, or may select fewer sites to gain greater depth. The training is tailored to the individual fellow's career goals and is designed to cultivate areas of interest. Two to four fellows are chosen each year.
- To provide focused, specialized clinical and research training in a disease site or sites
- To provide a specialized fellowship in one or more areas of interest (pediatric radiotherapy, general radiotherapy, specific radiotherapy)
- To provide additional generalized clinical training to well-trained and qualified candidates who are dedicated to returning to an international setting
The General Radiation Oncology Fellowship is designed to develop professional competence in the overall care of patients undergoing radiotherapy and to enhance technical skill in radiotherapy and brachytherapy procedures. Fellows work in clinical services for rotations of eight to nine weeks, participating in all aspects of radiotherapeutic treatment.
The Pediatric Radiotherapy Fellowship is designed to further develop professional competence in the management of children with cancer. Fellows work in assigned clinical services for eight to ten months, with the remaining time dedicated to research. The pediatric radiation oncology trainee will be exposed to a variety of conditions including primary brain, soft tissue and bone tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilms’ tumor, lymphoma, leukemia and metastatic disease. Proton therapy, IMRT, total body irradiation and eye plaques are available treatment technologies in the department.
The Specific Radiotherapy Fellowship is designed to develop professional competence in technically demanding areas of radiation oncology or in specific body sites. Fellows work in clinical services for rotations of eight to nine weeks. For example, the Specific Radiotherapy Fellowship could focus on one or more of the following:
- Proton therapy
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
- Gynecologic Malignancies, CNS malignancies, or other sites
All fellows are required to complete at least one research project and are strongly encouraged to attend a wide variety of lectures, seminars, symposia, and conferences regularly held at MD Anderson, including a department clinical lecture series, as well as physics, radiobiology, and statistics courses. Additionally, the institution offers a core curriculum and competency series which are required for all first-year trainees.
Applicants must have completed a radiotherapy residency of at least three years. International graduates are required to train under a J-1 visa sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and must possess a valid ECFMG certificate to be eligible for consideration. At least one year of clinical training in the United States is preferred.
Consideration of fellowship candidates occurs in June and July for a start date of July 1 the subsequent year. Application deadline is August 1. The Radiation Oncology Training Committee interviews candidates at the annual ASTRO meeting and extends offers based on the outcomes from the interviews.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying, contact the program administrator, Denise De La Cruz in May or June to request a DISCOVER application account and initiate the process. Applications open mid-May and close August 1.
Karine Al Feghali, M.D., MSc - PGY8 Fellow
Undergraduate: American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon
Medical School: American University of Beirut (AUB), Faculty of Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon
Residency: American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
"I enjoy traveling with my family, listening to French music, hiking, diving and discovering the wonders under the sea. I have professional interest in CNS radiation oncology, advanced imaging/imaging biomarkers of response to treatment, and lymphoma"
Rituraj Upadhyay, M.D. - PGY6 Fellow
Medical School: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Residency: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
"I enjoy travelling, exploring new places, local cuisine, team sports, quizzing and jeopardy challenges. I have professional interests in pediatric oncology, especially brain tumors and helathcare access to underserved areas and uninsured populations. MD Anderson has great team to work and collaborate with, awesome mentorship which provides a platform for ground breaking research. The location has diverse culture, Tex-Mex food, friendly vibe and the Houston Rockets."
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MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.