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Radiation Oncology Program

Radiation Oncology Program

Residents and Fellows

Residents:

  • PGY1 - Drs. A. Arifin and S. Zayed
  • PGY2 - Drs. W. Liu and A. Mutsaers
  • PGY3 – Drs. C. Goodman and R. Correa
  • PGY4 –Drs. M. Corkum and L. Callan
  • PGY5 – Drs. T. Zhang and H. Chen


Fellows:

  • Dr. F. Alshafa

Medical Staff: Radiation Oncologists

  • Dr. Scott Karnas, Physicist
  • Dr. Kathleen Surry, Physicist
  • Dr. Robert Dinniwell, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Joanna Laba, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Melody Qu, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Alex Louie, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. George Rodrigues, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Belal Ahmad, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Alex Hammond, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Brian Yaremko, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Francisco Perera, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Varagur Venkatesan, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. David D’Souza, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Edward Yu, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Tracy Sexton, Program Director, Radiation Oncology
  • Dr. Barbara Fisher, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Glenn Bauman, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Vikram Velker, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. David Palma, Radiation Oncologist
  • Dr. Nancy Read, Radiation Oncologist

Our Vision

"To train radiation oncologists who will rise to meet the healthcare needs of cancer patients in the 21st century"

Application and Appointment of Trainees

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.

Training Requirements for Entry into the Program

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 term "medicine" includes surgery and obstetrics, and does not include chiropractic, homeopathy, osteopathy, podiatry, stomatology, or veterinary science.
  • The "practice of medicine" means the practice of the medical, surgical, and laboratory disciplines, and the specialties and subspecialties thereof.
  • "Medical qualification" means a degree granted by a faculty, college or school of medicine, upon the satisfactory completion of a full curriculum of studies in medicine.

The following categories of primary medical qualifications have been defined by the College as:

  • Category A - Medical School. Recognized: Qualifications from medical schools in Canada and the United States of America and its possessions that grant the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) and are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
  • Category B - Medical School. Provisionally Recognized: Holders of qualifications from medical schools in countries other than Canada and the United Sates of America and its possessions shall have succeeded at one of the following screening examinations:
    • Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination
    • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination, Parts I and II
    • United States Medical Licensing Examination, Parts I, II, and III


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.

Structure and Duration of Program

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.

Research Opportunities

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.