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Application and Interview Information

Applying to the Duke Radiation Oncology Residency Program

Applicants must apply through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and also register with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP®).  All applications will be considered by a committee of faculty members which includes the Program Training Director, the Department Chair, plus selected clinical, research and physics faculty. Following completion of the interview process, a rank list will be prepared with input from all faculty members. The rank list is then submitted to the NRMP for matching.

  • Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation required (should include letters from radiation oncologists who personally know the applicant through clinical rotations or collaboration on cancer biology research)
  • Complete USMLE Step 2 by end of the Match year
  • Applicants must be eligible to become licensed to practice medicine in a United States jurisdiction
  • Applicants with published research experience are reviewed most favorably

In addition, we are committed to increasing the number of women and under-represented minorities in the field of radiation oncology, and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Candidates accepted to our program will begin July 1 of the following year, after completing a clinical internship year.

Special Considerations for the Radiation Oncology Research Scholars 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.


ERAS 2021 Residency Timeline 
June 8, 2020

ERAS 2021 season begins.
Applicants can register in MyERAS and begin working on their application.

September 1, 2020 Applicants may begin submitting applications to residency programs.
October 21, 2020 Residency programs may begin reviewing applications.
MSPEs released to residency programs.
November 2020 Candidates will be invited to a virtual interview at Duke.
December 14, 2020 Interview day #1.
January 4, 2021 Interview day #2.
January 11, 2021 Interview day #3.
February 1, 2021 Rank order lists open for submission.
March 3, 2021 Rank order to be finalized.
March 15-18, 2021 Match Week.
March 19, 2021 National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) main residency match results are available.
May 31, 2021 ERAS 2021 season ends; MyERAS closes at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Invitations to Interview at Duke Radiation Oncology

Duke Radiation Oncology will be holding virtual interviews this season.
Our Residency Application Committee reviews all applications received through ERAS and recommends applicants to interview. In November, we will send invitations to selected applicants. Following acceptance of our invitation, the Residency Program Coordinator will assist applicants with information for the interview.


Interview Schedule

Typically, in the pre-COVID-19 era, the night before Interview Days, our Residents host invited applicants for dinner at one of Durham’s culinary gems. On Interview Day, we provide the opportunity for the candidates to really get to know our Department, faculty, Resident opportunities and current trainees. We do this through a combination of brief interviews with many of our faculty, a tour of the Department and presentations from our Residents. We encourage applicants to schedule return flights for after 6:00 pm to ensure that they will be able to participate in all the day’s activities and comfortably make it to the airport.

Now, in the COVID-19 era, we will be conducting virtual interviews with our trainees, faculty and other team members. Please also take a moment to watch our videos, including a virtual department tour.


Night before scheduled interview
Social Hour  

Day of

Session 1 (½ candidates for the day)

8.10-8.30 Welcome Remarks
8.40-12.00 Interviews (3 per hour, 15 min each, 5 min in between to switch)
12.10-12.40 Meeting with Residents (breakout rooms if needed) for additional questions
12.40-12.50 Final Remarks and Sendoff

Session 2 (other ½ of candidates for the day)

1.10-1.30 Welcome Remarks
1.40-5.00 Interviews (3 per hour, 15 min each, 5 min in between to switch)
5.00-5.30 Meeting with Residents (breakout rooms if needed) for additional questions
5.30-5.40 Final Remarks and Sendoff

For selected candidates, additional RORS interviews will take place on January 5th and January 12th.