For information about educational goals and expectations for residents in the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program, please click on the links below.
The ultimate goal at graduation is that the resident should demonstrate an ability to practice independently with achievement of the ACGME required competencies as noted below. The individual goals and objectives by year are included in our resident training handbook.
The American College of Radiology administers an in-training examination to residents in Radiation Oncology every first Thursday in March. We require all residents to take this examination.
The main purpose of this examination is to help gauge residents' abilities to study systematically and consistently. These skills are important not only for passing certification boards on the first try, but also for continued expansion of knowledge throughout their careers and for recertification years later.
The global results of the examination will also be used to gauge the effectiveness of the training program. Areas of consistent deficiency will be addressed by the Education Committee, resulting in improved teaching at multiple levels, including, but not limited to, new or improved didactic lectures, new conference formats, new distribution of cases or other modifications as appropriate.
The in-training examination is not used as a sole measure of a resident's success. We do expect our residents to perform above the national average; however, scores are always considered in context with many other measures of residence performance. In-training examination scores will never be the sole factor for failing to promote a resident to the next level of training or for expulsion from the program.
You are promoted each year to the next level of training based on satisfactory performance in all areas of training. These include, but are not limited to:
Our program has integrated the ACGME competencies into our curriculum. Our "resident handbook" has specific details; however, please click here for specific details on the ACGME program requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Radiation Oncology.
Every resident in our training program practices a series of "mock" oral examinations as part of their training. In addition, the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology sponsors a national Radiobiology and Physics Review Course every year. The course is designed for residents preparing for their board exams as well as radiation oncology physicians preparing for their re-certification exams.