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Radiation Oncology Residency

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The primary goal of the Radiation Oncology residency training program at Duke University Medical Center is to educate and train resident physicians to be skillful in the practice of Radiation Oncology and to provide compassionate patient care.  

  • Our Traditional Residency Program (3 trainees per year, 12 total) trains physicians to be leaders in clinical practice and research in Radiation Oncology. NRMP #: 1529430A0
  • The Radiation Oncology Research Scholar (RORS) Track (1 trainee) serves to train the next generation of independent basic and translational laboratory-based physician scientists. NRMP #: 1529430A1. If interested in this track, please scroll to the bottom of this page to read an important update about our 2020 match.

We are committed to producing academically inclined graduates and are especially interested in applicants with published research experience. We are also committed to increasing the number of women and under-represented minorities in Radiation Oncology. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.

The Residency Track includes:

  • 4 year program starting at the PGY-2 year after required 1-year clinical internship/transitional year
  • Didactic courses in cancer biology and medical physics offered in alternate years, with emphasis on incorporating principles into clinical practice
  • Dedicated daily Resident-Directed educational activities
  • A unique Oncoanatomy Course
  • Care for patients at the Duke Cancer Center on disease specific clinical services
  • Participation in multidisciplinary clinics and tumor boards
  • Care for patients at the Durham V.A. Medical Center, located within walking distance, providing an opportunity for increasingly independent practice

Our Traditional Radiation Oncology Residency is structured with:

  • 36 months clinical activity
  • 12 months protected scholarly time for individualized resident-driven clinical, translational and/or laboratory-based projects


2020 Update: Radiation Oncology Research Scholar Track

This year, as one of the many impacts of COVID-19, Duke Radiation Oncology is not able to conduct a separate match for the RORS program. Instead, for the 2020-2021 match cycle, we encourage interested candidates with the potential to become independent laboratory investigators to apply to our traditional program and complete the secondary application. Access the application here.

We will consider exceptional candidates for one of our traditional residency positions where they will be allowed to complete the Holman Pathway (27 months clinical, 21 months mentored research) during their Graduation Medical Education residency training and become part of the Duke Radiation Oncology R38 program as well. Additionally, these trainees will be encouraged to apply for post-GME funding via the K-38 and other mechanisms to complete a post-GME mentored research instructorship. As part of the process of selecting suitable candidates we will conduct additional interviews with potential scientific mentors.


Contact Information

Joseph Salama, MD
Residency Program Director
Department of Radiation Oncology
Duke University School of Medicine

Chief, Radiation Oncology
Durham VA Medical Center

Wanda Gentry
Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 919-668-7339