Research is a vital component of the residency program. A curriculum has been established to hone resident research skills and knowledge with ample research opportunities and resources while providing residents with dedicated, protected time for their clinical research. The department has a research team that serves as mentors and resources for residents.

The required curriculum in the first two years of residency consists of a total of 8 weeks and is broken down as follows:

Block 1: 2 weeks (September) – PGY2

The primary goals for this block is for residents to choose a faculty mentor and clinical research project, develop a Research Plan, and choose resources (from Research Resource Menu) that will help residents achieve their research goals.

Block 2: 2 weeks (Feb/March) – PGY2

Guided by their research plans, residents work on the clinical research throughout the year and come together again in late winter to focus specifically on scientific communication skills. Educational sessions by experts are offered to enhance abstract/manuscript writing, poster design and oral presentation skills. Residents also utilize this time to write, review and submit abstracts to ASTRO.

Block 3: 4 weeks – PGY3

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Residents are scheduled for a one-month block to further their clinical research that was started in their first year. PGY3 residents write a new research plan and work on a manuscript submission throughout the year.

Resident Research

Residents in our department have been very productive and successful with their research endeavors. Each resident has one or more abstract acceptances to national conferences and many have manuscript submissions.

Recent work by our residents: Resident research

Resident Research Showcase

We are very proud of our resident research efforts, and want to showcase their projects! The first Annual Resident Research Showcase will be held this year at the annual ISTRO meeting in early October. This will allow residents to present their posters to meeting participants while also giving them experience and feedback on their presentation and poster before they go to present at ASTRO in late fall.

PGY4-5 Research Opportunities

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Some residents choose to continue their research endeavors more in-depth after the first two years of residency. Residents can select to do a Clinical Research Pathway (16 additional weeks of research) or apply for the Holman Pathway for those who want a career as a physician investigator and are interested in basic science, clinical or translational research.