CaRMS - Radiation Oncology Program

Looking for more information on our program? Register for our Zoom information sessions below.


The Radiation Oncology Program is an exciting five-year program that offers an array of exceptional training in all core competencies outlined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Within this comprehensive program, residents are trained to work with diverse patient populations, and in various practice settings, with access to many additional clinical, academic, and research training opportunities throughout their Radiation Oncology education. 

The London Regional Cancer Program, located at the Victoria Campus of the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is home to the Department of Oncology.

Check out our People page, and get to know our current residents, and why they chose Western.


The Radiation program provides a wide variety of educational opportunities for trainees. Expect to have one half day per week dedicated to academic seminars, referred to as Academic Half Day. Seminars cover important disease sites, professional, financial and wellness topics that not only help ensure a successful Royal College Exam result, but prepare for practice and encourage work/life balance.

Radiation Oncology residents also participate in weekly Treatment Planning Rounds, led by staff radiation oncologists and Applied Physics sessions with physics residents and senior physicists. These provide the opportunity for case-based learning with a focus on radiation treatment planning and the application of physics to the practice of radiation oncology.

Annual academic activities include the ARC bootcamp, an international anatomy and contouring course developed by our faculty here at the LRCP, as well as the national Radiobiology course and Royal College Exam Review course.

The educational programming at Schulich’s Radiation Oncology program is designed to support residents in achieving their ultimate goal in becoming a successful practicing physician. Residents have multiple opportunities to practice their exam skills through our annual bell ringer, practice oral exams and annual written exam.

In addition to dedicated teaching sessions, Radiation Oncology residents regularly participate in Multidisciplinary Tumour Boards and Radiation Quality Assurance Rounds. These provide for learning and collaboration with surgical and medical oncology, radiology and pathology as well as with radiation therapy and physics.

Western also offers fellowship training programs available to residents who are interested in focusing their clinical practice.

Meet our Residents

Dr. Adam Mutsaers

Dr. Andrew Arifin

Dr. Chris Goodman

Dr. Rohann Correa

Dr. Sondos Zayed

Dr. Stephanie Gulestene

Dr. Wei Liu


The division of Radiation Oncology has a very strong research program, allowing for significant collaboration between clinicians and basic scientists. We are recognized as leaders in research mentorship and our residents have been the recipients of multiple research awards and grants. Radiation Oncology residents are also financially supported when presenting their projects at national and international conferences.

Check out our Awards page, to see recent awards received by our residents.


Dr. David Palma

Dr. Pencilla Lang


The Radiation Oncology program is a 5-year training program and follows a Competence Based Medical Education (CBME) curriculum. Residents are provided with training through 4 stages; transition to discipline, foundations of discipline, core of discipline and transition to practice. Trainees are provided with regular evaluations and feedback to guide them through the stages of training and develop the core competencies of the specialty.

For more information on CBME check out the Royal College of Physicians and surgeons of Canada CBD page.

Dr. Joana Laba

Dr. Vikram Velker

Dr. David Palma

Zoom Sessions: 

Western's Radiation Oncology residency program is hosting several events to help provide information and answer questions about our program, and why you should train at the best radiation oncology program in Canada!  Join us for one, or join us for all...

Session #1 – Radiation Oncology Residents
Meet the Radiation Oncology Residents and ask them about the program, culture, community, City of London, etc.

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023 
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)



Session #2 – Program, Research & CBME in Radiation Oncology
Dr. Joanna Laba (Program Director), Dr. Tim Nguyen (CBME Lead and Schulich Alumnus) and Dr. David Palma (Research and Fellowship Director) share our program/mentorship information and research opportunities here at Schulich's Radiation Oncology Program.

Date: Monday, October 30, 2023  
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EST) 



Session #3 - Radiation Oncology Residents
Did you miss the first resident session, or have more questions for the Radiation Oncology Residents? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM



Session #4 – Residents, Program, Research & CBME in Radiation Oncology

For the first half hour chat with residents, and then feel free to ask any questions of staff, who will join at 7:30 PM.

7:00 PM - Residents 
7:30 PM - Staff Join

Dr. Joanna Laba - Program Director
Dr. David Palma - Research Director
Dr. Tim Nguyen - CBME Lead & Alumni

Have your questions answered regarding a range of topics such as, research, evaluations and academics to the city of London, culture and everything in between.  Feel free to ask any questions, as staff are very much open to making sure you have the information you need to make an informed choice about your residency.

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2023
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)



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