Radiation Oncology Residency

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.  

We have two integrated Residency Programs, with a total complement of 13 residents.

  • Our Traditional Residency Program (3 trainees per year, 12 total) trains physicians to be leaders in clinical practice and research in Radiation Oncology.
  • The Radiation Oncology Research Scholar Track (1 trainee) serves to train the next generation of independent basic and translational laboratory-based physician scientists.
  • These programs are both offered separately through the NRMP Match
    • Traditional Radiation Oncology Residency: NRMP #: 1529430A0
    • Radiation Oncology Research Scholar: NRMP #: 1529430A1

We are committed to producing academically inclined graduates and are expecially 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.

Both the Traditional Residency and the Radiation Oncology Research Scholar Track include:

  • 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 tmor 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 structed with:

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

The Radiation Oncology Research Scholar Track is designed to facilitate the growth of independent laboratory based physician scientists. It is an integrated Residency and post-Residency Instructorship including:

  • 4 year ACGME Radiation Oncology Residency via the Holman Pathway with
    • 27 months clinical activity
    • 21 months dedicated mentored scholarly time
  • 2 year post-GME instructorship with
    • 4 days a week protected mentored scholarly time
    • 1 day a week clinical time
    • Market rate compensation
  • Following the RORS track we envision trainees to successfully compete for independent funding

Contact Information

Joseph Salama, M.D.
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