Residency Program Information

Residency Program Information

 Clinical Training

Resident physicians rotate through site-specific services under the direction of an attending physician with whom they are paired for 1-3 month blocks. The majority of resident training occurs at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center (BCC), the affiliate cancer center of the University of Louisville Hospital. Resident physicians also see patients at Jewish Hospital and Norton Children’s Hospital (previously Kosair). Both are located downtown within walking distance of University Hospital. In-home call is taken on a weekly basis.

On average, the BCC treats approximately 50-60 patients daily. The ACGME requires residents perform 450 external beam simulations over the course of residency, and all residents easily attain the required simulations, including the required number of pediatric patients and brachytherapy cases.

In the first two months of residency, PGY-2 residents complete an introductory physics course. PGY-2 residents also complete a one month Physics and Dosimetry rotation as required by the ABR. PGY-3, 4, and 5 residents are given two months of research/elective time per year. This time can be used to rotate through other specialties (eg radiology, pathology, medical oncology, surgical oncology, etc), conduct research and/or pursue away rotations.

Curriculum and Resident Education

  • Core Curriculum and Conferences - Resident didactic sessions are held twice weekly. The core curriculum is systems based, and in line with the ABR/ASTRO curriculum requirements. ASTRO conference and review course multimedia are supplemented by attending lectures and resident-driven didactic presentations.  Topics include site-specific overviews, pertinent literature review, and review of in-service questions. The core curriculum is supplemented by weekly grand rounds lectures, monthly journal clubs, and quarterly morbidity and mortality conferences.
  • Physics: Based on recommendations and requirements from ABR, ASTRO, and NRC, the physics class for medical residents in radiation oncology consists of three parts. Every year, PGY 2 residents take part 1, which consists of a “physics boot camp”.  This boot camp consists of approximately 13 twice-weekly one hour classes and runs through July and August. After the boot camp class is completed, all residents take either part 2 or part 3 classes.  Parts 2 and 3 of the curriculum are alternated on a yearly basis, and offer a more fundamental and advanced physics curriculum respectively. This runs from September to June. During these sessions, class is held once weekly for 1.5 hours at a time.
  • Radiation Biology – The Radiation Biology course is taught by University faculty. This course is offered to PGY-3 and 4 year residents. This course is taught in conjunction with the Hall textbook. The radiobiology course coincides with the physics boot camp.

Research and Leadership

Residents at the University of Louisville have experienced great academic success. Over the past two years, residents have won travel and research grants totaling over $5000, published multiple papers, and presented several oral and poster presentations at national and international meetings. Our residents serve in multiple leadership positions within our medical school and on national resident committees.

Multidisciplinary Conferences

Radiation Oncology actively participates in multidisciplinary tumor boards and clinics held in conjunction with other oncologic subspecialties including pathology, radiology, medical oncology, and various surgical subspecialties.  Some specific subsite conferences are Adult and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Gastrointestinal, Thoracic, Neuro-oncology, Head and Neck, Genitourinary, Sarcoma, and Gynecologic Oncology.

In addition to attending tumor boards and multidisciplinary clinics, resident physicians actively participate in several teaching conferences.  Residents each present at least one multidisciplinary Grand Rounds lecture and an annual morbidity and mortality presentation.  Journal club is held in coordination with the medical physics residents on a monthly basis, and the medical residents will present around four articles per year.  

Compensation 

  • Current Salary by Post-Graduate Year: 2016-2017

PGY-1 $53,049.08

PGY-2 $54,190.93

PGY-3 $55,715.10

PGY-4 $57,271.05

PGY-5 $60,191.28

  • In addition to this salary, residents receive a yearly stipend of $1,000 and in addition to core curriculum textbooks their first year. This can be used to purchase books and electronic media, as well as pay for resident travel expenses for academic meetings.  Additionally there is a $1500 yearly bonus stipend awarded for conference travel for residents presenting their research and submitting a corresponding manuscript for publication.  
  • University policy allows for 4 weeks of paid vacation per year, which can be taken on a per day basis, with a maximum of 1 week off clinical service allowed (with up to 2 weeks with additional permission during off-service periods).  

 

Chairman – Shiao Y. Woo, M.D., FACR

Program Director – Neal E. Dunlap, M.D.

Assistant Program Director – Megan Mezera, M.D.

Program Coordinator – Denise Carney

Contact number: 502-561-2703

Contact email: denise.carney@louisville.edu