The MD Anderson residency program in radiation oncology is an advanced, four-year program certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The program provides comprehensive clinical training to physicians preparing to practice full-time radiation oncology and introduces them to clinical and/or laboratory-based research. Our goal is to develop the careers of future leaders in academic radiation oncology.
At the completion of the program, our residents are well-versed in the overall management of radiotherapy cases and are proficient with advanced radiotherapy techniques and brachytherapy procedures. Residents participate at all levels of care, including consultation, treatment planning and evaluation, weekly assessment, and follow-up, and are expected to assume increasing responsibilities commensurate with their level of experience.
- To provide a robust educational experience for clinical training in radiation oncology, with comprehensive understanding of oncologic principles, treatment techniques, dosimetry, physics and radiobiology
- To provide a clinical learning environment that promotes expertise in oncology, with exposure to treatment for the full spectrum of disease sites, the pathology of each disease site, radiographic findings and the surgical and medical options
- To foster a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care through participation in disease site-oriented conferences that combine highly specialized medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists and radiologists
- To introduce and promote clinical research through retrospective and prospective evaluations of patient outcomes
Example Rotation Schedule
|Block 1||Block 2||Block 3||Block 4||Block 5||Block 6|
|PGY-1||Thoracic||Head & Neck||Breast||Genitourinary||Gynecology||Central Nervous System/Pediatrics|
|PGY-2||Head & Neck||Lymphoma||Sarcoma/Melanoma||Gastrointestinal||Breast||Central Nervous System/Pediatrics|
|PGY-4||Thoracic||Head & Neck||Gynecology||Genitourinary||Elective||Elective|
How to Apply
Applications are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. All regular residency program positions are filled through participation in the National Resident Matching Program.
Applications must be completed and submitted by October 15. After a favorable review, the committee requests a personal interview with the prospective trainee. Interviews are given by invitation only and are scheduled in one of four interview sessions. The Training Committee interviews up to eight candidates each week on selected Fridays in December and January.
Our program was one of the signatories of the red journal commentary, ‘Taking “the Game” Out of the Match: A Simple Proposal.’
- We are committed to the letter and the spirit of NRMP rules.
- 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.
- 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.
- After the interview day, applicants desiring more information about our program will be directed to the program coordinator.
- Applicants may report potential violations of match policies or principles to this online suggestion box: https://www.suggestionox.com/r/ncmMin
Prajnan Das, M.D., M.S.
Residency Program Director
Chelsea C. Pinnix, M.D., Ph.D.
Residency Associate Program Director
Denise De La Cruz, M.Ed.
Division of Radiation Oncology - Unit 1422
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler St., FCT6.5000
Houston, TX 77030
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.