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The radiation oncology residency program at Rush University Medical Center is an American Board of Radiology and Residency Review Committee fully certified program designed to educate residents in the current principles and practice of radiation oncology. A four year program of post-internship radiation oncology is provided with the goal of educating residents in all aspects of radiation oncology with special emphasis on the multidisciplinary treatment of cancer patients and preparing them for successful execution of the board exams. The program is approved for six positions total.

Comprehensive resident rotations in all aspects of radiation oncology are performed at several locations, including Rush University Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, and Advocate Christ Medical Center Hope Children’s Hospital. The Rush Department of Radiation Oncology treats approximately 840 patients per year. Six staff radiation oncologists and six physician residents are involved in patient care as well as various in-house, national, and international cooperative group clinical protocols. Residents complement this experience with rotations at a children’s hospital and in a community hospital setting as well.

Residents train in a state of the art clinical setting which allows access to a diverse array of cancers as well as a broad range of technology. Faculty and staff encourage excellence in patient care, teaching, and research, and strive to meet internal and external measures for success in clinical outcomes and academic productivity.

The program combines both didactic and clinical instruction in oncology patient care, medical physics, and radiation biology. The program curriculum is designed to allow residents progressive participation in their training which increases with the successful completion of each academic year. Our trainees also benefit from experience in Rush’ Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Cancer Clinics which include:

  • Comprehensive Breast Center
  • Chest Tumor clinic
  • Head and Neck clinic
  • GI Cancer Clinic
  • Prostate Cancer Clinic
  • Myeloma Clinic
  • Pigmented lesion Clinic

Our training program is supported by the Section of Medical Physics and the Section of Radiation Biology. Residents have the option of completing a Masters degree in Medical Physics during their training through the Rush Graduate College and participating in basic science cancer biology research with our research faculty.

Jessica Zhou, MD
Program Director

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