Residents are required to participate in ongoing laboratory research programs of their choice in radiobiology, cancer genetics, clinical oncology or elsewhere within the institution under direct supervision of the laboratory supervisor in each area. A mandatory nine-month rotation is set aside in PGY4 or 5 to afford this formal experience.
The goal of this effort is to introduce residents to basic laboratory techniques, methods of experimental design and implementation. Residents are responsible for carrying out at least one specific research project and for presenting the data derived at an appropriate society meeting. In addition to basic laboratory research, residents are required to participate as active members in at least one clinical research effort. This may take the form of a retrospective review of patient charts and records for publication on a specific topic or inclusion in one or more prospective research clinical trial protocols.
Internal research funds for resident education and training are available within the institution upon submission and favorable review of a project grant application. Attendings in the Department of Radiation Oncology are available to assist residents in obtaining these funds, and residents are encouraged to pursue laboratory and/or clinical research projects during their training program. By the completion of the program, authorship of at least one national presentation or publication is required.