Radiation Oncology Program

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Welcome from the Chair/Chief, Division of Radiation Oncology

Dr. Robert Dinniwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Division of Radiation Oncology within the Department of Oncology at Western University. A central mission of the Division is the provision of exemplary patient care. We are a key provider of cancer care to Southwestern Ontarians and partner programs throughout the province. Together, we strive to ensure best patient care informed by a multi-disciplinary and collaborative practice, and are guided by quality, education, and research.

With a growing incidence, prevalence, and burden of cancer, we are aware of the need to both lead and drive change within our field. Our faculty has led pivotal clinical trials, and facilitated innovation in patient care, education, and training. We are focused on the ongoing development of a learning culture and a spirit of inquiry with an acceptance of change. Research is a core element to our shared success. Indeed, we are actively engaged in the spectrum of research from basic science through to clinical trials that help to guide and inform best patient care. Our residency training program is recognized internationally and focused upon clinical training and an innovative pedagogy to afford a world class experience in research, education, and program administration/physician leadership.

The Division of Radiation Oncology strives to further its commitment to excellence and seeks to position itself as a clinical, educational, and research leader within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and beyond. Our commitment is to establish and maintain a key role as the most trusted provider of patient care, and a respected partner in education and research within Southwestern Ontario and beyond. 

Dr. Robert Dinniwell
Chair/Chief, Division of Radiation Oncology



About the Division of Radiation Oncology 

Residents and Fellows

Residents

PGY1

Dr. Terance Tang      Dr. Sympascho Young
          Dr. T. Tang                           Dr. S. Young

PGY2 

Dr. Stephanie Gulstene
      Dr. S. Gulstene

PGY3

Dr. Andrew Arifin      Dr. Sondos Zayed
        Dr. A. Arifin                            Dr. S. Zayed

PGY4

Dr.Wei Liu      Dr. Adam Mutsaers
          Dr. W. Liu                          Dr. A. Mutsaers

PGY5

Dr. Laura Callan     Dr. Rohann Correa      Dr. Chris Goodman
         Dr. L. Callan                       Dr. R. Correa                       Dr. C. Goodman 

Fellows:

  • Dr. S. Ashram 

 

To learn more about our residents, please visit our Residents & Fellows page.

Medical Staff: Radiation Oncologists

Application & 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 March 23 for 2021.

Program Structure and Duration 

The Radiation Oncology Residency Program is a five-year program and included the areas listed below:

Radiation Oncology Academic blocks

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 and Awards

Dr. David PalmaRadiation Oncology Residents are expected to complete at least one research project during their five-year program. Historically, our residents are involved in a number of research projects and publications during their time in the program. This is undoubtedly due to the unparalleled research support offered by Dr. David Palma, Research Director, and the enthusiastic staff at the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP).

Depending on the individual goals of each resident, Dr. Palma will help facilitate a project that is of interest to the individual resident and ensure that they are supported from planning to publication.

Selected Resident Research Awards

In addition to numerous podium and poster presentations at National and International conferences annually, Residents have been recently recognized with the following awards.

 

2021

  • Resident Research Career Development Award - Dr. Rohann Correa

2020

  • ASCO Merit Award - Dr. Sondos Zayed
  • Catalyst Grant Proposal Co-applicant ($25,000) - Dr. Rohann Correa
  • CARO ACURA Grand ($20,000) - Dr. Wei Liu
  • CARO Book Prize - Dr. Chris Goodman

2019

  • CARO Best Poster Presentation - Dr. Sondos Zayed
  • CARO Book Prize for Clinical Care & Epidemiology - Dr. Wei Liu
  • Research Day Best Presentation - Dr. Rohann Correa
  • Ontario Institute of Cancer Research Co-applicant ($140,000) - Dr. Rohann Correa
  • IASLC Fellowship Award ($65,000) - Dr. Hanbo Chen
  • Best Scientific Abstract in Science and Applied Technology CARO 2019 - Dr. Wei Liu

2018

  • Best Resident Oral Presentation CARO 2018 - Dr. Adam Mutsaers
  • Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award - Dr. Rohann Correa
  • Research Day Best Presentation - Dr. Rohann Correa

Academic Half Day

Residents are required to attend the Radiation Oncology Academic Half Day at LRCP once a week. Teaching sessions are designed to prepare residents not only for the Royal College exam, but life outside the program, and foster a fulfilling and successful career. Topics include:
  • Disease Sites
  • Clinical Trials
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Statistics
  • Wellness
  • Professionalism
  • Finances
  • Career Planning

Additional Learning Opportunities

There are no shortage of learning opportunities as residents move through the Radiation Oncology Program. Residents can expect to be challenged during practice exams, while soaking up new ideas and knowledge through rounds and journal clubs. Opportunities include:
  • Treatment Planning Rounds (weekly)
  • Applied Physics ACR Bootcamp (annually)
  • International Anatomy & Contouring Course (annually)
  • Radiobiology Course (PGY2)
  • Royal College Exam Review Course (PGY 4 & 5)
  • Practice Oral Exams (PGY 3 - 5)
  • Bell Ringer (PGY 3 - 5)
  • Practice Written Exam (annually)
  • multi-disciplinary Tumour Boards
  • Radiation Oncology Assurance Rounds
  • American Board of Radiology Exam (annually)
  • Grand Rounds - Weekly lecture series featuring speakers from all disciplines, across the globe
  • Resident Rounds - annual presentation to help residents prepare for conference season