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Educational Goals & Competencies

Our residency education mission is to cultivate an educational environment which provides the full spectrum of learning opportunities in clinical radiation oncology, medical physics and radiobiology. Our flexible curriculum is designed to enable a resident to optimize their learning experience throughout their four years of training. It is our expectation that upon the completion of the program a resident will be an outstanding Radiation Oncologist, capable of making an immediate impact in either an academic or community practice setting. (Individual goals and objectives by year can be found in our resident training handbook.)

Upon graduation, the resident should demonstrate an ability to practice independently, with achievement of the ACGME required competencies noted below. 

  1. Patient care (PC) that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  2. Medical knowledge (MK) about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Practice-based learning (PBL) and improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.
  4. Interpersonal and communication skills (ICS) that result in effective information exchange and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
  5. Professionalism (P), as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  6. Systems-based practice (SBP), as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.

Requirements for Promotion

Residents are promoted each year to the next level of training based on satisfactory performance in all areas of training.  These include, but are not limited to: competency-based goals and objectives for each assignment at each training level; clinical acumen; ACR in-training exam scores; evaluations by faculty on each rotation; 360-degree evaluations by multiple members of the various divisions in the department; attendance at all departmental conferences and appropriate tumor boards; and ability to work effectively with peers and co-workers in the department.

Our program has integrated the ACGME competencies into our curriculum.  Our resident handbook has specific details; however, please visit ACGME for specific details on the ACGME program requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Radiation Oncology.