The National Capital Consortium Residency in Radiation Oncology is a challenging and demanding four-year training program which results in the transformation of the medical student into an independent practitioner. The residency’s objective is to educate and train physicians to be skillful in the practice of radiation oncology, and to be caring and compassionate in the treatment of patients.
Our residency consists of six residents, typically Army and Navy officers. We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and have active partnerships for training for clinical experiences not only at WRNMMC but also at our affiliated teaching hospital sites such as the National Cancer Institute, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, University of Maryland, Suburban Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, University of Kentucky College Medicine, The University of Heidelberg in Germany, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Madigan Army Medical Center, and Memorial Hospital Cancer and Allied Diseases in New York.
Our faculty devotes and demonstrates a strong interest in the education of the residents maintaining an educational environment conducive to educating residents in each of the ACGME competency areas. We establish a culture of inquiry and scholarship with an active research component to enhance the residents’ knowledge and experiences to prepare them for independent practice.
The National Capital Consortium Radiation Oncology Residency Program offers the following significant advantages and state-of-the-art treatment options for all malignancies and age groups:
- External Beam Radiation Therapy (3-D Conformal)
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
- Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
- Brachytherapy (Low-Dose or High-Dose)
In addition to offering advanced conventional radiation therapy treatments, some of our patients may be considered for proton radiation therapy.
In order to become board certified in Radiation Oncology, as dictated by the American Board of Radiology, graduates must successfully complete the clinical requirements and caseload of residency and pass a series of four examinations:
- written physics exam
- written radiation biology exam
- written clinical exam
- oral clinical exam
As such, the residency has a robust radiobiology and physics curriculum to augment the clinical education.