This is a four-year ACGME accredited residency program in Radiation Oncology in the setting of the NCI-designated UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. Successful completion of this program satisfies training requirements for board eligibility in Radiation Oncology through the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Residency years are a period of hard work with rapid professional and personal growth. We consider it our responsibility to provide an environment that is both rigorous and enjoyable. Our board pass rates surpass the national average, and our graduates have been very successful in obtaining prestigious academic appointments or high-quality private practice positions in their target geographic locations. In addition, San Antonio is a vibrant multicultural metropolitan city with a diverse patient population, affordable housing, and a wide range of activities for all ages.
We are approved for six residents in years PGY-2 to PGY-5. Residents rotate through site-specific services under direct supervision of an attending physician for 1-2 month blocks. A wide variety of electives are available including department-specific rotations, blocks at other academic institutions, or international electives. Physics and radiation biology courses are offered annually in preparation for board exams. We also have a robust clinical lecture program and monthly journal clubs.
Clinical training primarily occurs in outpatient clinics of the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program is affiliated with UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center with access to their didactic lectures, quality assurance conferences, and extensive resources. Inpatient consultations occur primarily at University Hospital and Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital.
There are regularly scheduled multidisciplinary tumor boards for subsites including Musculoskeletal, CNS, Pediatric, Gynecologic, Breast, Head and Neck, Thoracic, Genitourinary, Hematologic, Gastrointestinal, Pancreatic, and Liver. Our clinics provide exceptional training in all disease sites as well as specialty practices in brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy, pediatric oncology, and radiosurgery.
Residents are required to formally participate in at least one research project during their years of training. Approved projects typically provide up to three months of protected research time with additional time available for academically motivated individuals. Residents are encouraged to present results at national meetings and to seek publication in peer reviewed journals. Residents are also involved in recruitment and management of patients in institutional and national cooperative group clinical research trials.