Medical Residency

Thank you for your interest in the University of Arizona’s residency program in the specialty of Radiation Oncology. We hope this website will be of assistance in guiding you through the application process.

Residency Director:
Sun Yi, M.D.

Residency Cooridnator:  
Staci Shea, Program Coordinator
E-mail: sshea1@email.arizona.edu
Phone: 520/626-0434
Fax: 520/626-3141
 

About the Department of Radiation Oncology

  • Our professional staff consists of six full-time physicians, five physicists and seven residents.
  • Therapy equipment includes an Elekta SL 25 accelerator with 6 MV, 15 MV and 30 MV (research mode) photons, full electrons as well portal imaging capabilities and multileaf collimators, a Tomotherapy HiArt system and a Novalis Brainlab System with Exactrac technology. High Dose Rate (HDR) radiation is possible utilizing a Varian, Varisource. 
  • Simulation is done on a Philips Large Bore CT. 
  • Treatment planning is done utilizing Pinnacle and BrainScan. 
  • CT and MRI are available for diagnosis and radiotherapy planning in the Diagnostic Radiology Department.
  • The types of therapy offered within the department are state of the art and extensive. There is an active Bone Marrow Transplant program and total body irradiation is often utilized. CT based three dimensional planning is available and used extensively. Low dose rate brachytherapy for gynecologic applications, head and neck cancers and sarcomas are commonly performed. The prostate seed implant program is expanding. In addition, I-125 eye plaques are performed. We also treat a large number of patients, status-post resection for pterygium, with a Sr-90 surface applicator. High dose rate brachytherapy is offered and commonly used for gynecologic applications.

About the Residency Program

The residency program in radiation oncology consists of four years, three years of which must be spent in the clinical core curriculum of Radiation Oncology. One month rotations are required by the ACGME, and provided, in both medical oncology and pediatric oncology. In addition, multi-specialty tumor boards in general oncology, neuro-oncology and pediatric oncology are conducted on a regular basis. During these tumor boards, both surgical pathology and critical radiologic studies are reviewed. Residents will rotate through dosimetry for one month to obtain first hand experience in dose calculations and treatment planning. A six month block of research time is provided and the research opportunities in the department encompass clinical, biological, and physics/engineering investigation.

The residency training is an "apprenticeship" based training. Each resident is assigned to one attending.  During each rotation, the resident works closely with the attending. This affords the unique opportunity to evaluate a patient during a consultation visit, generate a plan, simulate the appropriate fields, write a treatment prescription and then follow the patient through treatment. In this manner, each resident learns to treat a variety of malignancies and to manage the potential side effects of treatment.

Daily Education includes:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, & Friday - Conference, Radiobiology, & Physics
  • Tuesdays - Dosimetry rounds
  • Thursdays - 9am-12pm dedicated to peer teaching 

The Application Process

Applicants for the program are required to have satisfactorily completed medical school and a PGY-1 year in one of the following prior to matriculation within the program: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery or surgical specialties, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Family Practice or Transitional. The department of Radiation Oncology is a participate in the ERAS Program and the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Thus, applicants can be fourth year medical students in good standing at the time they submit their applications.

Also see
UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education website.