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How many residency slots are available?

The medical residency program’s capacity is 14, so the class size ranges from three to four per year. Our current cycle is as follows for the PGY2s starting on the associated dates:

  • 7/1/2018: 4 residents
  • 7/1/2019: 4 residents
  • 7/1/2020: 3 residents
  • 7/1/2021: 3 residents
  • 7/2/2022: 4 residents
Are rotations done at hospitals outside of the department?

As a comprehensive radiation oncology residency, our residents are able to complete all requirements without the need for outside rotations as we have a robust pediatric and brachytherapy program, as well as diverse technical training. Residents may choose to participate in enrichment rotations outside of UTSW if they wish, pending departmental review and approval.

Is there a mentoring program for residents and faculty?

Yes, all residents are matched with formal mentors during their PGY-2 year.

How accessible is faculty for questions/support?

Our faculty are highly invested in education, so they’re available to help!

What are the salary and benefits?

Visit our salary and benefits page. 

How often is feedback provided to residents?

For residents on clinical rotations, informal feedback is given every day. There are formal feedback mechanisms built into each three-month rotation (mid-rotation and at the end of rotation), as well as biannual formal evaluations with the program director. Residents are also given feedback on their didactic presentations by their disease site team, and research proposals and presentations are formally reviewed.

What’s the balance between education and service?

During residency, teaching is given a priority and educational lectures/activities are protected time during which the residents are not available for clinical duties.

What are some of the highlights in your program?

We offer many unique training opportunities, including brachytherapy and pediatric cases; training on the GammaPod breast system—one of only two in the country; the CyberKnife and Gamma Knife Icon (framed and frameless) treatment platforms; and SBRT and VMAT total body irradiation programs. Next year, we'll offer MR-LINAC, and Halcyon Adaptive training. In addition, we offer training opportunities in phase I-III clinical trial design and protocol writing.

What percent of residents complete the program?


Are research opportunities available to residents? Is it optional or required?

Research is required by the ACGME for radiation oncology residency and our residents are very productive with opportunities that include clinic, physics, and laboratory. In our program, residents generally participate in a year of research during their PGY4 year; Holman Pathway residents generally start earlier. Residents have the option of participating in clinical electives—within or outside of Radiation Oncology and within or outside of UTSW—instead of pure research if they so choose. Past research year examples include nine months of research time in Japan to study particle therapy at NIRS, an MBA with healthcare focus, a year of lab experience in one of our Molecular Biology labs, Holman Research studying tumor microenvironment, and physics- and dosimetry-focused electives and research on CyberKnife/Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

What teaching responsibilities are expected of residents?

Residents typically lead four to six case conferences a year, which are one-hour long presentations supervised by the attendings of the specified organ site. Residents also have a range of additional teaching opportunities, including technical training programs and therapist training courses, if they wish to participate.

What is a general call schedule?

Though this may vary based on how many residents are available during a given year, our call schedule is typically:

  • Seven weeks during first year (PGY-2)
  • Five weeks during second year (PGY-3)
  • Three weeks during third year (PGY-4)
  • No call schedule during senior year (PGY-5)
What is a typical rotation schedule?

During the first two years, medical residents typically do three-month clinical rotations:

  • First-year focus is on breast, central nervous system, genitourinary, and lung
  • Second-year focus is on gastrointestinal, head and neck, gynecological and other advanced rotations
  • Third-year focus is on research
  • Fourth-year focus is 1.5- to 3-month rotations in areas not previously done or refinement rotations
What type of reimbursement for books and educational supplies is offered?

Each resident has a $2,000 discretionary fund per year.

What is the patient population like?

We provide comprehensive cancer care to patients from a large safety net hospital (Parkland), as well as patients at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (CUH) and coverage of Children’s Health.

What types of practices do your residents go into after graduation?

Visit our alumni page for information. 

Does your program offer community service programs?

We have a global outreach brachytherapy observership program for international physicians and we support our residents’ participation in Radiating Hope.

For additional information, please reach out to Renee Toscano, Program Coordinator, via