Residencies

By combining superior patient care with innovative research in medical physics and molecular radiation biology, our Department is committed to being at the forefront of cancer care. Our residents are exposed to a broad spectrum of training across all divisions.

Message from the Associate Vice Chair for Education

"To provide a great place to learn—and contribute to—the art and science of our field and oncology. We have striven to develop a 'future-proof' training program that prepares our residents for a changing oncologic landscape, with expertise in the technical delivery of radiation as well as procedural mastery." - Michael Folkert, M.D., Ph.D.

Leadership

What UTSW Offers

Gamma Knife training course

UT Southwestern has again been selected as the Best Hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth by U.S. News & World Report—our fourth consecutive year to earn that distinction. And 10 of our specialties and seven procedures were rated among the nation’s finest.

  • 6

    Nobel Prize winners since 1985
  • 16

    members of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine)
  • 13

    investigators with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • >400

    million dollars a year in research funding
  • >5,500

    projects funded by support from federal agencies, foundations, individuals, and corporations

Learn more about UT Southwestern.


What Our Department Offers

Gamma Knife training course

Our residency programs are strong in clinical practice, research, and academics, and we offer residents early exposure to a large and unique array of technology, including:

  • 10 Varian and Elekta Linacs
  • One Elekta Gamma Knife Icon
  • One Accuray CyberKnife M6
  • One Varian VariSource iX HDR system
  • One superficial unit
  • Two Philips big-bore 4-D CT simulators
  • One Brainlab Mobius mobile CT scanner
  • One Varian Eclipse
  • One GammaPod, a dedicated breast SBRT device—the second in the world to be in clinical rotation

In addition, we have a shielded OR equipped with a Varian VariSource iX afterloader to perform intraoperative HDR procedures, and we perform a spectrum of cranial and pelvic LDR and nuclear medicine procedures. 

In summer 2021, we're expanding into an additional building where our focus will transition to adaptive radiation therapy with new equipment that includes two Varian Halcyons, two Varian Ethos, two Elekta Unity systems, and a Phillips MR-simulator. Because we're always growing and how large our Department is, residents are able to participate in clinical innovation projects and help commission new machines, software, and equipment.


Brachytherapy treatment with resident in training

Our residents have a unique opportunity to attend our faculty-led training courses, including Gamma Knife and SBRT/SAbR programs, where they'll receive certifications upon successful completion.

We offer a diverse array of brachytherapy and intraoperative radiation therapy training options, which gives residents a distinctive opportunity to learn and master a specialized skill for a wide range of cancers. Our brachytherapy program includes:

  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT): High-dose rate (HDR) IORT in our shielded operating room at Clements University Hospital and sealed HDR applicator IORT
  • Interstitial and intracavitary/intraluminal brachytherapy
    • Both low-dose rate (LDR) and HDR prostate brachytherapy programs, including salvage HDR brachytherapy
    • Intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical and endometrial cancer, and high volume interstitial brachytherapy program for advanced cancers
    • Endoscopic/palliative brachytherapy program for esophageal, biliary, lung, and rectal malignancies
  • Ocular brachytherapy
  • Intravascular brachytherapy for coronary artery stenosis
Resident training in gynecologic brachytherapy

Additionally, we offer an advanced procedural program that covers fiducials, spacers, biopsies, and endoscopic procedures, as well as a simulation program that covers LDR and HDR prostate brachytherapy and gynecologic endocavitary brachytherapy.


Clinical trials

As one of the top academic medical centers in the country and the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in North Texas, we lead and participate in clinical trials aimed at improving the outcomes of patients with cancer. Our residents have the opportunity to be a part of phase I-III clinical trial design and protocol writing. Our Department enrolls approximately 200 new patients in clinical trials each year.


Awarded Research Funding FY15 - FY20


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) list all grants awarded to faculty members (PI or trainees) and the grant allocated through their institution. In FY19, UT Southwestern’s Department of Radiation Oncology ranked 8th out of all other medical school-based programs for its research funding according to the NIH.


Post Graduation

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Upon graduation, our residents are highly trained in all aspects of radiation therapy, including treatments that originated at UT Southwestern, and, because of strong mentoring by faculty, they leave feeling confident to make decisions on their own.  


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