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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

We plan to recruit 1 RORS candidate for the 2021-2022 application cycle.  To apply for the RORS track, please complete this secondary application and return it to Wanda Gentry.


ERAS 2022 Residency Timeline 
June 9, 2021

ERAS 2022 season begins. Applicants can register in MyERAS and begin working on their application.

September 1, 2021 Applicants may begin submitting applications to residency programs at 9:00 a.m. ET.
September 29, 2021 Residency programs may begin reviewing applications and MSPEs at 9:00 a.m. ET.
Late October - Early November 2021 Candidates will be invited to a virtual interview at Duke.
January 2022

Interviews held:

Traditional resident interviews: January 10, January 18, January 25
RORS resident interviews: January 11, January 19

March 2, 2022 Rank order list certification deadline at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Applicant late registration for the Match and SOAP and Match withdrawal deadline.
Medical school student/graduate graduation credentials verification deadline.
Institutional official change approvals deadline.
Program reversion deadline.
March 14, 2022 Match Week begins. A detailed Match Week and SOAP schedule will be released as soon as it is finalized.
March 18, 2022 Match Day!
Invitations to Interview at Duke Radiation Oncology

We are recruiting for two resident positions (both RORS and traditional tracks) for Match 2022. 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