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, Dr. Denise De La Cruz in May (through July) to express interest and initiate the pre-application process. Applications open in May and close August 1.
Seungtaek Choi, M.D.
Chair ad interim, GU Radiation Oncology Department
Program Director, Advanced Radiation Oncology Fellowship
Annette L. Eakes Ponnie, M.S.W.
Training Program Coordinator, Education & Training
Andrew Arifin, B.M.Sc., M.D.
London Regional Cancer Program, London, Ontario, Canada
Adrian Cozma, M.D., M.Sc.
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Luisa Jacomina, M.D.
Benavides Cancer Institute, University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Manila, Philippines
Division of Radiation Oncology—Unit 1422
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler St.
Houston, TX 77230-1439
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.