About the Program
The Department of Radiation Oncology offers a four-year ACGME-accredited residency program for seven trainees. As a prerequisite, Radiation Oncology residents must successfully complete one preliminary year (PGY-1) of training in an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine, Surgery, or Transitional Year program. The preliminary year of training is not coordinated by our department and requires a separate application process. Interested students may apply to the Icahn School of Medicine’s Preliminary Medicine Program.
A minimum of 36 months of the 48-month residency program must be spent in clinical rotations. The remaining time may include elective time in related specialties such as dosimetry, medical oncology, pathology, radiology, nuclear medicine, and laboratory or clinical research.
Our residents train primarily at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, with outside rotations at affiliated institutions such as James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, New York, and Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, New York. Shuttle service is provided from Mount Sinai to these institutions on a regular schedule. In addition, residents complete a two-month rotation in pediatric radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Under the guidance of the department’s six full-time physician faculty, residents learn to evaluate patients for radiation therapy. Residents are trained in the diagnosis and management of malignant diseases, and the application of external radiation therapy and brachytherapy for malignant diseases in adults and children. Residents will learn to obtain pertinent information from the history and physical examination, review diagnostic and pathologic information, and present cases to faculty radiation oncologists. Residents learn the overall management of cancer patients by participating as members of a multidisciplinary team that includes medical oncologists, surgeons and other related physicians. Faculty members guide residents in the principles of and technical aspects of treatment planning. During their patients’ weekly on-treatment visits, residents gain exposure to the management of acute effects of treatment. Follow-up clinics allow the resident to see the late effects of treatment and the management of complications and recurrences. Every week there are two faculty-led clinical conferences, one Radiation Physics lecture, and one Radiation Biology lecture. This is protected time when residents can focus on education. In addition, residents attend several multi-disciplinary tumor boards weekly.
Residency Program Coordinator