book and stethoscope Radiation Oncology Medical Resident Training Program

  • You must apply through the Internal Medicine Program for your preliminary year at the Medical College of Wisconsin or another institution of your choice.
  • If completed at the Medical College of Wisconsin, your The PGY-1 year will have special focus on oncologic subspecialties (i.e. gynecologic, head and neck, hematology oncology, radiology).
  • Depending on PGY-1 experience, the PGY-2 resident can expect to do:
    • 8 months clinical work in radiation oncology
    • 1 month surgical pathology
    • 1 month oncologic radiology
    • 1 month adult hematology oncology
    • 1 month pediatric hematology oncology
  • If your PGY-1 year is done at MCW, you do not have to repeat the one month radiology or one month hematology oncology.
  • 10 months clinical work in radiation oncology.
  • 2 months physics rotation.
  • 12 months clinical work in radiation oncology.

  • Option of limited research time arranged through the Program Director and the Chairman.
  • 6 months clinical rotation at the VA Medical Center.
  • 3 months with resident faculty of choice (dependent on availability).
  • 3 months clinical rotation designated by the Program Director.
  • Option of limited research time arranged through the Program Director and the Chairman.
Required Courses

Radiation Oncology Physics
Major areas for physics research include developing novel technology for image-guided and adaptive radiation therapy, analyzing IGRT data for better treatment strategies, improving 4D/gating methods to manage respiration motion during treatment in thorax, abdomen and breast, integrating dose-response outcome into treatment planning optimization, using functional imaging (MRI and PET) for treatment planning, and developing MRI and CT guided brachytherapy.

Radiation Biology
Laboratory research programs in radiation biology include radiation induced normal tissue damages and the mitigation of these damages, electron spin resonance and radiation chemistry, predictive assays of cellular response and tumor and normal tissue effects of combined drugs with radiation with the focus being on radiation-induced normal tissue injury and the mitigation and treatment of these injuries.

Special Procedures
A lecture series focusing on the practical aspects of treatment delivery for special procedures including high dose rate (HDR) and low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy  for gynecologic, prostate, and breast cancers and sarcomas, Gamma Knife for brain lesions,  and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for lung, liver, prostate and spine cancers.


Case Conferences
Case conferences are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. Residents are responsible for choosing conference topics, presenting patients, and leading discussions regarding the epidemiology, presentation, workup and treatment of various malignancies. Attending faculty participate as moderators of these discussions.

Tumor Boards
Residents are expected to participate in multidisciplinary tumor boards held at the various sites. The multidisciplinary approach to the tumor boards promotes active discussion of the management of patients currently receiving treatment. Modalities participating in the tumor boards include radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, and radiology. Tumor boards are scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis.

Grand Rounds
The Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds Research Conference are weekly didactic lectures that focus on reviews of current treatment options of various malignancies and novel research data and concepts as well as topics that focus on radiation biology and physics. These conferences are held weekly from September through June.

Medical Statistics
A medical statistics course is held every other year consisting of several topics presented through weekly lectures.

Treatment Techniques
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) (CT on rails, MV cone beam CT, TomoTherapy, MVCT)

  • 4D/gating

  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with linac and TomoTherapy

  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

  • 3T MR simulations

  • HDR and LDR brachytherapy

  • Total body irradiation

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery with Gamma Knife
Radiation Oncology Medical Resident Handbook

Radiation Oncology Medical Resident Handbook (revised 2014)

Medical Residency Contact Information

Adam Currey, MD
Program Director
Radiation Oncology Residency Program
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology

Colleen Lawton, MD, FACR, FASTRO
Associate Program Director
Radiation Oncology Residency Program
Professor, Radiation Oncology

Cheri McElhatton
Medical Education Coordinator
Radiation Oncology Residency Program
(414) 805-4472

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