Radiation Oncology Residency Program
The Radiation Oncology Residency Program at Moffitt Cancer Center is sponsored by the University of South Florida Office of Graduate Medical Education. Moffitt Cancer Center serves as the primary training site and assumes ultimate responsibility for the residency program. The James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital and the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, serve as participating training institutions (three months each). The residency complies with all requirements of the American Board of Radiology and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) . The curriculum and goals and objectives are competency-based and broken down by PGY level to include specific objectives as required by the Radiation Oncology Review Committee.
The four-year residency training program in radiation oncology follows successful completion of a required PGY1 training program in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery or surgical specialties, pediatrics, or a transitional-year. (This year is not combined with our residency; applicants are to apply separately to such programs.)
The goal of the residency program is to develop skilled physicians in Radiation Oncology. Our program supports highly specialized faculty within each disease site and utilizes the newest treatment techniques and advanced equipment to ensure superb training focused on multidisciplinary collaboration and patient care.
Resident physicians participate in all aspects of Radiation Oncology in all disease sites, including pediatric radiation oncology. The Moffitt Cancer Center is the third busiest in the country by patient volume, which ensures an abundant number of cases, including a high number of rare malignancies. The four-year program includes no fewer than 36 clinical months broken into three-month rotations for the required core clinical curriculum. A sample rotation schedule is available for review.
Residents’ training focuses on clinical evaluation, history and physical, staging, and patient management. Clinical treatment planning of benign and malignant disease, treatment delivery, multidisciplinary approach to patient care, and palliative/supportive care are included. Residents gain significant cumulative experience in adult medical oncology, pathology and radiology through weekly multidisciplinary treatment conferences and ongoing management of patients on combined modality treatment protocols.
Our department has one full-time brachytherapist, a brachytherapy fellow, and multiple other faculty who perform brachytherapy as part of clinical patient care. Consequently, residents spend three months on this dedicated high-volume service, performing procedures on patients with gynecologic, breast, gastroinstestinal, genitourinary, head and neck tumors, and sarcomas. Our program is one of only a handful in the country to provide such a dedicated brachytherapy rotation. In the past year, Moffitt treated over 250 patients with brachytherapy (intracavitary and interstitial).
Our department provides a number of other specialized services as well. We have an extremely active Stereotactic Radiotherapy Program with specialized physicians treating brain, spine, lung, adrenal gland, liver, pancreas, and kidney lesions. The institution also has a cyclotron on-site with a dedicated radiochemist for future testing/implementation of novel compounds. Additionally, Moffitt currently treats more hepatic lesions with Theraspheres than any other site in North America. Residents also perform intraoperative radiotherapy (breast cancer) using an IntraBeam unit. Our external beam radiotherapy cases employ the most advanced techniques when required – IMRT/VMAT, IGRT, and/or respiratory gating. Additionally, residents perform a number of cases of Total Body Irradiation (TBI) and total skin electron therapy (TSET).
Residents receive three months of pediatrics/proton therapy training at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute. (Housing is funded through the GME office.)
Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza in South Tampa provides multidisciplinary care across a wide range of disease sites. Residents spend time at this site on their various rotations.
Moffitt’s McKinley Outpatient Center contains a 200,000 square-foot, six-story outpatient facility located less than a mile from Moffitt main campus. The building houses the Cutaneous and Breast Oncology programs. It includes clinics, four ambulatory surgery suites, infusion and imaging facilities, research dry labs and space for blood draws and associated laboratory tests. Residents spend time at these facilities on various clinical rotations.
The department also has a Moffitt attending on-site full-time at Morton Plant Memorial Hospital in Clearwater, via a specialized partnership agreement. At present, residents do not rotate there, though this might be an elective possibility in future years.
Residents receive ongoing training and day-to-day involvement in treatment planning. Residents also complete a month-long dosimetry rotation, typically in their second (PGY-3) year.
The residents participate in a year-long curriculum (approximately 4.5 hours/week) which covers all clinical aspects of radiation oncology, as well as radiation physics and radiation biology. In addition, Moffitt provides a series of lectures and didactic activities specifically for the Moffitt fellows and radiation oncology residents. The department hosts several prominent visiting professors per year as well, who all spend dedicated time (only) with the residents.
The Department of Radiation Oncology has a broad research portfolio. In order to foster scholarly activities, faculty provides mentoring and technical support for residents involved in research activities. Residents are expected to perform research throughout their residency. The results of such projects are to be submitted suitable for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and/or for presentation at scientific meetings. All residents must complete a Quality Improvement (QI) project during the course of their residency. Our residents are extremely prolific and typically graduate with numerous publications in high-impact journals, as well as oral presentations at national meetings. Resident Research profiles are available.
Residents have six months of research time, which may be spent in a laboratory doing "bench science" or researching clinical questions. These research blocks may be grouped together or spread across the years of residency, per the residents’ individual needs. In addition, residents have three months for additional electives and/or research time, determined in conjunction with the Program Director and geared toward residents’ individual interests.
Number of Positions
Currently, our program has an approved complement of 10 residents; we accept two or three per year.
Sample Contract, Salary, Benefits
- Salary and Benefits are provided by the University of South Florida
- Sample House Office Employment Contract
- Resident Handbook – Radiation Oncology
Want to know more about our residents?
Interested in applying to our residency program?
Please review our application information.
Thomas Dilling, MD
Radiation Oncology Program Director
12902 USF Magnolia Drive, MCC-Rad Onc
Tampa, FL 33612
Angie Courtney C-TAGME
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
12902 USF Magnolia Drive, MCC-GME
Tampa, FL 33612