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    Radiation Oncology Residency Program

    The California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Radiation Oncology Residency Program is based in the Department of Radiation Oncology at CPMC in San Francisco. It was formerly headquartered at St. Mary’s Medical Center prior to 2002.

    The residency is a clinical community based integrated program involving Radiation Oncology departments at CPMC, St. Francis Memorial Hospital, St Mary's Medical Center and Seton Medical Center. The program is fully accredited by the ACGME.

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    Residents rotate through each of the four sites, and are supervised by faculty from each hospital. Residents participate in all aspects of patient care, simulation, treatment planning and follow-up care.

    With only 4 residents and 8 radiation oncologists as faculty, residents have an outstanding opportunity for 1 on 1 training in most rotations in clinical radiation oncology.

    As well, residents have access and hands-on training in IMRT/IGRT radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRT), stereotactic body radiosurgery (SBRT) & radiotherapy, interstitial and intracavitary brachytherapy, pediatric radiation oncology, IORT, combined modality chemoradiation, cone-beam CT, portal imaging, respiratory gating, Cyberknife and participation in national and intergroup radiation oncology trials (eg. RTOG, ECOG, SWOG). Each of the 4 departments have state of the art LINACs. Three of the four departments have GE CT simulators and one has a Ximatron fluoroscopic simulator.

    CPMC also has a dedicated HDR Brachytherapy Suite where brachytherapy procedures and treatments can be carried out independent of the LINAC schedules and Tru-Beam LINACs with SRS/SBRI.

    Residents have dedicated didactic sessions once a week in radiobiology, radiation physics, clinical radiation oncology taught by each of the faculty, biostatistics and epidemiology lectures, monthly journal clubs and weekly case conferences.

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    The faculty consists of 8 community based radiation oncologists at each of the above facilities. As well we have dedicated 5 radiation physicists, 6 dosimetrists between the 4 sites and a world-renowned radiation biologist teaching as part of the faculty.

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    The program is clinically oriented and graduating residents find themselves well-rounded for community and clinically based radiation oncology practices. Residents are also required to complete at least one research project (either clinical or academic) that is suitable for presentation at a national meeting or peer-reviewed journal. All of our residents in the past 10 years have submitted and have been accepted for presentation at the ASTRO annual meeting. Others have presented at ASCO or the RSNA.

    Residents have excelled on the ABR boards--with a first time pass rate of 100% in the oral and written boards in the past 10 years. Graduates of the program have had gone into successful practice throughout California & the US in major metropolitan centers as well as more rural locations (see FAQs to see a listing of where graduates currently practice). Our residents have joined practices at highly sought after positions in California & Nevada as well as the Eastern US.

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    Based in San Francisco, California, residents have the unique opportunity to access an amazing diversity of climates, cultures and a diverse array of culinary opportunities.

    Residency training is divided between 4 hospital departments: California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), St Francis Memorial Hospital, St Mary's Medical Center and Seton Medical Center. Residents spend a cumulative time of 13 months at CPMC, 4 months at St Francis Memorial Hospital, 5 months at St Mary's Medical Center and 6 months at Seton Medical Center in clinical radiation oncology rotations. Please view the curriculum link to explore the other rotations of the program.

    CPMC is the home institution for the radiation oncology residency program. CPMC has been rated among the top 30 hospitals in the US. The Graduate Medical Education Program also offers residencies in internal medicine, general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics and psychiatry and fellowships in hand surgery, pulmonary/critical care, cardiology and endocrinology.

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