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.

Radiation Oncology has launched Competency Based Medical Education (CBME). Residency programs will be broken down into four stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies. These milestones will create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.

Transition to Discipline Stage (1 month), introducing residents to the radiation oncology specialty.

Foundations Stage (9-13 months), which provides the resident with the knowledge and skills to provide care to patients in various settings. Rotations in this stage of training include: Internal Medicine (2 blocks), General Surgery, ENT, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Medical Oncology (2 blocks), Diagnostic Radiology, and Respiratory (ATOP)

Core Stage (36-44 months), which focus on the resident's clinical skills in radiation oncology at the Cross Cancer Institute.

Transition to Practice (3-9 months), will refine the residents' skills as a Radiation Oncologist. Residents will manage a radiation oncology practice at a consultant level.

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 (http://www.carms.ca). 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 Brock.Debenham@albertahealthservices.ca or the Program Assistant, Mandy Lamothe, mandy.lamothe@albertahealthservices.ca.