Fellowship Program

Advanced Radiation Oncology Clinical Fellowship – Columbia University, NYC

Columbia University Irving Radiation Oncology Center is offering an advanced one-year clinical Fellowship as a unique educational opportunity to those who wish to gain practical expertise and perform cutting-edge research before entering full-time practice. The opportunity to acquire training on the management of complex diseases at one of the United States’ premier academic medical centers is an exceptional attribute of this program. This is a non-ACGME Fellowship, and the candidate is given a faulty appointment as Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow in Radiation Oncology at Columbia University and Assistant Attending at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The Columbia University Advanced Radiation Oncology Fellowship is designed to develop professional competence in the overall care of patients undergoing radiotherapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings and to enhance technical skills in stereotactic radiosurgery and brachytherapy procedures. This Fellowship is focused on dual clinical services -- an inpatient palliative care service and an advanced technology service -- under the supervision of attending physicians. The Fellow will divide his/her time equally between the two services.

The inpatient palliative care service allows the Fellow to manage medically complex and highly symptomatic patients with pain and non-pain syndromes from cancer and cancer therapy. The Fellow will determine appropriate radiation treatment modality and course regimen.  The Fellow will interact with attending physicians and interdisciplinary palliative care team members. This inpatient service allows for the Fellow to experience and manage patients in an intensive hospital-based setting at an eminent cancer center.

In the advanced technology service, the Fellow will be able to obtain mastery of multiple stereotactic and intra-operative platforms including Gamma Knife radiosurgery (SRS), Linac-based VMAT ARC Therapy with CBCT image-guidance (Truebeam), Intra-operative radiation therapy (Intrabeam), and Siemens Dual-Energy CT scanner (to minimize implant hardware artifact). The Gamma Knife experience includes metastatic and benign brain tumors as well as functional and vascular brain disorders. The intra-operative (IORT) training will be focused on the incorporation of IORT treatment in the management of breast, pelvis and gynecological, head & neck, and liver cancers. The stereotactic clinical training will be focused on the application of SRS/SBRT to treat malignant and benign tumors of the brain, base of skull, lung, spine, pancreas, liver, prostate, and other pelvic malignancies.

Applicants must be graduating residents from an ACGME-accredited residency in Radiation Oncology. This one-year program will start August 1, however the starting date is negotiable. Applicants from the United States are expected to be board-eligible in radiation oncology at the time they begin the program. Canadian graduates are expected to have passed their qualifying exams from the Royal College. Exceptional international applicants who have completed a radiation oncology residency will be considered provided they have a valid US medical license or ECFMG certification and at least one year of clinical training in the United States.   Applicants must be NYS-licensed by the time they begin clinical rotations.

Interested candidates are invited to apply with a letter of interest, CV, and three references (or reference letters) to:

Karen Schleif
Administrative Manager, H.R.

Competitive Salary and Benefits. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.