"To train radiation oncologists who will rise to meet the healthcare needs of cancer patients in the 21st century"
Applications are made to the Program Director through CaRMS for positions beginning July 1 of the following year. The London Regional Cancer Program will hold their interviews on TBA for 2019.
For purposes of admission to the examinations leading to Certification and to Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, acceptable medical qualifications are required. Such qualifications must include completion of a satisfactory undergraduate medical education for graduates of Category A medical schools, and in addition, for graduates of Category B medical schools, success at a screening examination (see below).
The following are Royal College definitions:
The following categories of primary medical qualifications have been defined by the College as:
Graduates of medical schools in Category B may be required to provide the College with information concerning the prerequisites, duration, and substance of their undergraduate medical experience. This information will form part of the assessment of eligibility for specialty examinations.
The program consists of two to three month rotations, during which a trainee will be generally assigned to a radiation oncologist having primary responsibility for treatment in specific organ sites - neuro-oncology, head and neck, thoracic oncology, breast, gynecological, genitourinary oncology, GI tract malignancies, sarcomas, melanomas and other malignancies. During the first year there is also a two to three month rotation through medical oncology at the London Regional Cancer Program. During the first to second year there is a three to four month rotation in internal medicine. Two months are spent in physics and there is up to six months of elective time to include further clinical oncology, pediatric oncology basic research and further experience in radiation oncology. A substantial proportion of the training is done in outpatients areas at the London Regional Cancer Program.
Trainees will be expected to actively participate in clinical rounds, grand rounds, conferences, seminars and journal clubs. Trainees will also be expected to attend a 74-hour program on core oncology knowledge during their training years. There are courses on treatment planning, general oncology, statistics and quality assurance. A monthly journal club is ongoing.
There is an active research program in the oncology services of the Western University, both clinical and basic. Involvement in laboratory or clinical research is encouraged to the extent of the trainees' interest and abilities.