Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology Residency Program

The Radiation Oncology Department at Tufts Medical Center in Boston is the first academic department established in Boston and one of the oldest in the nation. The program is of four years duration (preceded by at least one year of approved internship) and is accredited by the ACGME. The program fulfills the requirements for certification by the American Board of Radiology in Radiation Oncology.

Applicants are accepted through the ERAS only and candidates accepted through the NRMP Match system.

There are currently nine residency positions, with anywhere from one to three positions open in any given year. We receive approximately two hundred applications each year for residency training at Tufts Medical Center.  

Application Process

Applications are accepted through ERAS with a deadline of October 31st. Interviews are generally offered in December.

For specific application instructions, please visit the ERAS website.

Required application materials include:

  1. Common application form
  2. Personal statement
  3. Medical school transcripts
  4. USMLE scores
  5. ECFMG report (foreign medical graduates only)
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Dean’s letter

Clinical Training

Clinical training is divided into three-month blocks with rotations primarily at Tufts Medical Center, Rhode Island Hospital and starting in July 2015, at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Residents receive a two-week introductory course in physics upon arrival. Thereafter, formal courses in medical physics, biostatistics, and radiation and cancer biology are ongoing throughout the academic year.

Radiation and Cancer Biology

Broadly, the laboratory has expertise in cell and molecular biology.  Specific interests include tumor stem cells and mechanisms of cellular senescence, immortalization, transformation, and metastasis.  The Molecular Oncology Research Institute is located approximately one and a half blocks from the clinical department at 75 Kneeland Street.

Residents with laboratory and medical physics research interests are offered up to 12 months of elective to complete a pre-approved research project.

We also enjoy a strong relationship with the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine of Tufts University (located approximately 40 miles away).  The faculty at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine actively participate in teaching courses for the residents, and there are opportunities for comparative medicine and radiation oncology research.

Work Hour Regulations

On call is by beeper from home in one-week blocks.  New residents do not participate in the call rotation for the first two months.  The residency program complies with the ACGME regulations governing resident work hours.

Academic Conferences

Academic Conferences include two morning conferences per week, at which time presentation of new cases and treatment plans are discussed. Once a month there is an M&M conference held in which the residents participate. Residents are also required to attend other multidisciplinary conferences throughout the week. Residents have one full day per a week dedicated to didactic teaching and presentation, this time is protected from any clinical duties.  

There is a noon conference every Friday in the Radiation Oncology Department and each resident is required to present at one of the Friday conferences each year. The staff and visiting professors present the remaining conferences.  Oncology grand rounds are presented every Friday and the residents are required to attend this conference.

Research & Meetings

All residents are encouraged to participate in clinical, laboratory, or medical physics research which is supervised by radiation oncology faculty.  Residents that present at a regional or national meeting will have their travel fully funded.  In addition, each resident is funded to attend one national meeting during the four year program.

Residents complete their training at Tufts Medical Center, a world-class academic medical center located in Boston and the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. It also sponsors nineteen specialty ACGME-accredited clinical training programs. 

Tufts Medical Center is a 415-bed robust organization, providing everything from routine medical care to treating the most complex diseases affecting adults and children. Tufts Medical Center is also home to the Floating Hospital for Children, a full-service children's hospital dedicated exclusively to all levels of pediatric care.

Tufts Medical Center provides heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants, is a level I trauma center, provides comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care, and offers cutting-edge cancer treatments.

Tufts Medical Center is also home to The Boston Gamma Knife Center, the first and only Gamma Knife Center in Massachusetts and northern New England, in which our residents are actively involved.