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Program Coordinator, Radiation Oncology Residency Program
Yami Cuervo
Phone: 305-243-4337
Email: ycuervo@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from the ERAS opening date until December. Interviews are conducted in January.

Call Schedule

Residents take calls for one week at a time and are required to stay on campus until all patients have been treated. The call schedule is arranged by seniority with first year residents averaging six to seven calls per year, and decreased call responsibilities in subsequent years.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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University of Miami Hospital

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program. Applicants may be accepted into the program prior to graduation from medical school. While they may be accepted prior to these accomplishments, no applicant will be allowed to begin the program unless they have successfully graduated from their medical school and have taken and passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK and 2 CS.

USMLE Step 3 must be completed before the start of the third program year (PGY-3).

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of one preliminary surgery or medicine year, or one transitional year.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Radiation Oncology Residency

Mission & Vision

The overall goal of our training program is to cultivate a diverse and comprehensive training environment to enable our residents to become exceptional clinicians.

We prioritize resident education and our commitment to research, providing dedicated research time for residents to deepen their ability to appreciate, understand and critically analyze radiation oncology literature.

Mission & Vision

The overall goal of our training program is to cultivate a diverse and comprehensive training environment to enable our residents to become exceptional clinicians.

We prioritize resident education and our commitment to research, providing dedicated research time for residents to deepen their ability to appreciate, understand and critically analyze radiation oncology literature.

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Radiation Oncology Residency Program.

With both public and private institutional affiliations, our residents are exposed to a diverse patient population. Residents become highly trained in modern radiotherapy techniques, including brachytherapy, radiosurgery, image-guided radiotherapy, as well as procedures such as delivery of unsealed sources, total body irradiation and eye plaques.

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Radiation Oncology Residency Program.

With both public and private institutional affiliations, our residents are exposed to a diverse patient population. Residents become highly trained in modern radiotherapy techniques, including brachytherapy, radiosurgery, image-guided radiotherapy, as well as procedures such as delivery of unsealed sources, total body irradiation and eye plaques.

In addition to our clinical training, we provide a continuous six-month block for residents to pursue scholarly clinical and/or laboratory research. We encourage all residents to actively participate in research in an effort to better understand and critically analyze the radiation oncology literature. To that end, we provide full financial support for residents to present their work at national meetings.

Beyond our training experience, we foster a warm and welcoming environment both inside and outside of the department. From our annual holiday gala at Jungle Island to barbeques with faculty, we guarantee that you will find a collegial and supportive atmosphere in our program.

We believe the diverse personal and educational backgrounds of our residents and faculty strengthen our training environment. With a 12-resident complement, we are among the largest training programs in the country, yet we utilize a personalized approach to support each individual resident’s goals and career development.

Applicants whose credentials are academically sound and whose interests, aptitudes and preparation reflect a well-rounded training experience are invited for a personal interview with our department.

-Cristiane Takita, MD, MBA

Description

We believe the diverse personal and educational backgrounds of our residents and faculty strengthen our training environment. With a 12-resident complement, we are among the largest training programs in the country, yet we utilize a personalized approach to support each individual resident’s goals and career development.

Applicants whose credentials are academically sound and whose interests, aptitudes and preparation reflect a well-rounded training experience are invited for a personal interview with our department.

-Cristiane Takita, MD, MBA

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents per Year?

3

Duration of Residency?

4 years

Program Highlights

Low resident-to-faculty ratio for enhanced training

Resident-oriented teaching & clinical programs

Financially supported research presentation opportunities

Program Curriculum

Internship

You must successfully complete a preliminary or transitional year, prior to the start of your radiation oncology residency training.

Rotations

The academic year is divided into six block rotations, during which each resident works solely with one attending. This schedule gives the residents exposure to each disease site several times during their residency. Faculty expectations correlate with each resident’s level of training. Residents are expected to attend tumor boards and conferences with their attending.

Conferences

A wide variety of weekly departmental conferences are offered for resident education.

  • Resident Lecture Series – This year-long, resident-driven lecture series systematically covers the fundamental aspects of the diagnosis, work up and management of cancers in each disease site with special attention given to the pertinent literature. This conference takes place on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8 a.m.
  • Clinical Lecture Series – This year-long, faculty-driven lecture series runs in conjunction with the resident lecture series to allow more detailed discussions regarding treatment planning, surgical techniques, brachytherapy planning and case-based “oral board” style reviews. The lectures are given by both our own faculty as well as faculty from other departments such as urology, neurosurgery, otolaryngology and medical oncology. This conference occurs weekly on Wednesday mornings starting at 8 a.m.
  • New Patient Conference – All patients starting treatment over the prior week are presented to the faculty for review of the clinical history and radiation treatment plan. Residents are expected to present the patients of the faculty member with whom they are working. This conference occurs every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Physics – This annual course meets twice a week, throughout the year, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. A member of the physics faculty presents the required curriculum through use of PowerPoint lectures.
  • Radiation Biology – This annual course meets weekly, throughout the year, on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The required curriculum is presented through a series of PowerPoint lectures and review of the American Society for Radiation Oncology exam questions.
  • Morbidity and Mortality – Residents present patient cases that involved severe adverse events resulting in hospitalization, an unplanned break in treatment, discontinuation of treatment or death. A discussion on strategies for avoiding toxicities, recognizing and managing toxicities and analyzing and correcting any medical errors follows.
  • Visiting Faculty Series – Each year the department sponsors four to five experts in Radiation Oncology from other institutions. The guest faculty member typically meets alone with the residents for one to two hours for an educational session in addition to giving a lecture to the department. Recent guest faculty includes Dr. Ellis, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center; Dr. Hoppe, Stanford Cancer Center; Dr. MacDonald, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Movsas, Henry Ford Cancer Institute and Dr. White, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Research

Our residents have sixth months of protected research time in their fourth year (PGY4) to dedicate to projects of their choosing. We also encourage our residents to get involved with other research projects during their clinical rotations. As part of our resident commitment, we provide full financial support to any resident presenting their work at a national meeting.

Your Faculty

Alan Pollack, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Radiation Oncology

Lorraine Portelance, MD, FASTRO
Professor and Vice Chair, Radiation Oncology
Co-Director, Radiation Oncology Clinical Research Program
Co-Leader, Gastro-Intestinal Site Disease Group

Cristiane Takita, MD, MBA
Director, Radiation Oncology Residency Program
Professor, Radiation Oncology
Co-Leader, Breast Site Disease Group

Alumni Placements Include:

21st Century Oncology of California
Blue Ridge Cancer Care
Citizens Katherine O’Connor Cancer Center
Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University
Holy Cross Hospital
Innovative Cancer Institute
Marshfield Clinic
Moffitt Cancer Center
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

Alumni Placements Include:

21st Century Oncology of California
Blue Ridge Cancer Care
Citizens Katherine O’Connor Cancer Center
Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University
Holy Cross Hospital
Innovative Cancer Institute
Marshfield Clinic
Moffitt Cancer Center
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute