Department of Oncology

Radiation Oncology

The Division of Radiation Oncology offers a five year resident training program that satisfies the training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for specialty examinations eligibility.

The residency includes one year of general medicine rotations, a mandatory six month rotation in internal medicine including three months of mandatory medical oncology and three months of approved internal medicine selectives, a six month elective time and three years of training in radiation oncology based at the Cross Cancer Institute. Residents must complete a research project during their training and some have chosen to continue these research interests through fellowships and graduate studies programs after completion of their residency. Residents are trained in the prescription of radiation for cancer treatment and the management of patients undergoing radiotherapy in both inpatient and ambulatory care settings. Training includes participation in multidisciplinary clinics, didactic teaching in physics and radiobiology and significant hands-on experience in treatment planning. The excellent treatment facilities and broad variety and number of patients enable us to provide residents with a strong background in the specialty, which is reflected in our success rate in the specialty examinations.

We currently offer one or two training positions per year which are filled through the CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching System) match, on whose Website a detailed description of the program can be accessed (  We also offer a training position to qualified foreign funded applicants every 1 or 2 years. At this time we are not considering candidates through the Alberta International Medical Graduate (AIMG) Program.
For information about the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program, contact the Program Director, Dr. Brock Debenham at 
or the Program Assistant, Firdous Umarji at