Education and Training

EDUCATION & TRAINING:   The Department of Radiation Oncology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (NewYork Presbyterian) trains future radiation oncologists and medical physicists in fully-accredited training programs.   We are also a training site for future Radiation Therapists through our affiliation with Manhattan College and its Radiation Therapy Technology program.

ACGME-accredited Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program:

Under the directorship of Dr. Simon Cheng, the residency training program in Radiation Oncology at NewYork Presbyterian (Columbia campus) successfully blends a small and individualized program with one of the major medical schools and teaching hospitals of the nation in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

The department offers a four-year certified training program (PGY-2 to -5), fully accredited by the ACGME (American College of Graduate Medical Education), leading to the American Board of Radiology certification in Radiation Oncology. Candidates must first complete an approved PGY-1 internship at an ACGME-accredited residency program: Transitional, Surgery, or Medicine internships are encouraged.

Resident Education is focused on the six ACGME Core Competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism, and interpersonal and communications skills. Special emphasis is placed on the care of patients participating in national (COG, RTOG, GOG, SWG, etc.) and intramural clinical trials.

For further information, contact Program Coordinator Karen Schleif – kas2214@cumc.columbia.edu

CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Residency Program

Under the directorship of Dr. Cheng-Shie Wuu, the NewYork Presbyterian, Department of Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program educates and trains physicists to be skillful in the practice of radiation oncology physics and to be caring and compassionate in the treatment of patients.

Training is aimed to develop clinical expertise in routine and special procedure brachytherapy and external beam treatments, stereotactic and body stereotactic procedures, respiratory gating and intraoperative radiotherapy. This training is accomplished through direct mentorship and didactic instructions in the areas of clinical radiation oncology physics and safety, treatment planning, clinical radiation oncology and radiobiology. Upon completion of Year One research, the resident begins two (2) year-long clinical rotations.

Residents must fulfill four of the six core CAMPEP-accredited courses before the start of the 2-year program approved by The Commission on the Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) and the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

·      Year 1 is focused on Research and completing any appropriate core CAMPEP-accredited courses required to begin the residency program.

·      Year 2 is focused on routine dosimetry, three-dimensional treatment planning, treatment verification and delivery for external beam and brachytherapy.

·      Year 3 is focused on medical physics special procedures, including stereotactic radiosurgery and body stereotactic radiotherapy, image-guided radiation therapy, respiratory gating, high dose rate brachytherapy, intraoperative radiotherapy and administrative/ professional topics.

For further information, contact Program Coordinator Hilda Plasencia – hlp2117@cumc.columbia.edu