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Radiation Oncology Residency


Watch our recruitment video and hear from current residents, faculty and alumni about what makes Duke Radiation Oncology a great place to train.


Watch our virtual tour video – walk through our Duke Cancer Center and Durham VA clinics, learn about our equipment, take a peek into the resident room, say hi to members of our wonderful team and more.


Watch our A Day in the Life of a Duke Radiation Oncology Resident video. Follow chief resident Dr. Andrew Fairchild as he cares for breast cancer patients in clinic, learns with his co-residents, gets a flu shot, works on his ASTRO poster and more.

Watch our PGY4 Year: Protected Scholarly Time video. Former residents Julian Hong, MD, MS; Yvonne Mowery, MD, PhD; Andrew Martella, MD; Fumiko Chino, MD; and Adam Olson, MD, discuss their scholarly year research and how the research year benefited their careers.


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

September update: Duke Radiation Oncology WILL conduct a separate match for the RORS program. We encourage interested candidates with the potential to become independent laboratory investigators to apply to both our traditional program and the RORS program.

We will consider exceptional candidates for the RORS position 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