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

For those interested in the Radiation Oncology Research Scholar Track, please complete the following application supplemental  that will be reviewed in addition to the ERAS application.


Timeline for Match

To select candidates for residency positions scheduled to begin July 1st


July 1st MyERAS Web site opens for applicants.
September 15th

NRMP registration opens.

In ERAS, applicants begin applying to ACGME accredited programs, and programs begin downloading applications.

Sept-Oct Duke Radiation Oncology Residency Applications Committee reviews ERAS applications.
October 15th Last day Applications Committee will accept new ERAS applications.
Last week of October Candidates will be invited to interview at Duke.
November Interview Day 1 at Duke Radiation Oncology November 11, 2019
December Interview Day 2 at Duke Radiation Oncology December 2, 2019
December Interview Day 3 at Duke Radiation Oncology December 16, 2019
Jan-Feb Duke Radiation Oncology Residency Applications Committee assesses and ranks candidates.
Late February Certified rank order due to NRMP.
Mid-March MATCH DAY!


Invitations to Interview at Duke Radiation Oncology

Duke Radiation Oncology holds 3 days of interviews — one in November and two in December.

Our Residency Applications Committee reviews all applications received through ERAS and recommends applicants to interview. In mid-October, we will send invitations to selected applicants. Following acceptance of our invitation, the Residency Program Coordinator will assist applicants with arrangements for the interview visit.

Interview Schedule

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.

Special Considerations for the Radiation Oncology Research Scholars Track

After review of both the ERAS and secondary application, select candidates will be invited to interview for the RORS track. RORS applicants should plan on an additional day of interviews to meet with laboratory based faculty and become familiar with all the resources Duke has to support a pathway to independence. 

Evening Before

Applicant dinner with current residents at a local restaurant


Interview Day         

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Applicants gather in the lobby of the Duke Cancer Center; escort to Radiation Oncology Multipurpose Room by the Program Director. Continental breakfast provided. Introduction and Description of the Day.

9:15 AM -
11:45 PM

One half of the group interviews with faculty and residents. The other half are brought on a tour and listen to Resident Research Presentations.

11:45 AM -
1:00 PM

Buffet lunch provided. Chance to meet faculty and residents who are scheduled for clinic that day.

 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

One half of the group interviews with faculty and residents. The other half are brought on a tour and listen to Resident Research Presentations.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Applicants debrief and send-off