Education & Training

Residency/Fellowship Training Programs

Radiation Oncology

The specialist in radiation oncology must possess clinical competence in oncology and technical proficiency in the therapeutic use of ionizing radiation.

The Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program is a five-year program, designed to ensure that the resident will be capable of independent care of ambulatory and hospitalized patients with malignant disease, including, and most especially, the planning and supervision of treatment with radiotherapy.

The Program provides rigorous clinical experience in the management of all types of cancers, and offers several challenging series of lectures and tutorials in relevant clinical and basic sciences. Scholarship of all kinds is encouraged. The Program is based at the MUHC and Jewish General Hospitals, with optional rotations at the Centre Hospitalier des Vallées de l’Outaouais. 

Radiation Oncology Residency Program website.  

The requirements of the Program are consistent with the guidelines of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Collège des médecins du Québec.

Program Requirements
  • Twelve (12) months of approved basic clinical training in medical and surgical disciplines, which may include one or more of the following areas: surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, hematology, medical oncology or radiology;
  • Six (6) months of residency training in internal medicine, which may include up to 3 months of hematology/oncology;
  • Thirty-six (36) months of training in radiation oncology;
  • Optional six (6) months of clinical or basic sciences research relevant to the objectives of the specialty.
Program Content

Clinical Training

  • Emphasis is placed on the consultation process and on decision-making, in the care of patients with cancer. Many of the activities take place in multidisciplinary settings in outpatient clinics and at tumour boards.
  • Throughout the Program, the resident is required to follow closely the course of hospitalized patients and to participate in their care.
  • Acquisition of skills specific to treatment with radiotherapy is progressive over the five years.
  • Arrangements are made for concurrent clinical experience in the various oncologic sub-specialties, such as gynecologic oncology, pediatric oncology, head and neck surgical oncology, and neuro-oncology.
Academic Aspects

Lectures and tutorials are delivered throughout the training period, and include the following:

  • Lectures in physics (PGY 2-3);
  • Laboratory in radiotherapy physics (PGY 2-3);
  • Lectures in radiation biology (PGY 2);
  • Lectures in the basic sciences of oncology (PGY 1-5);
  • Lectures in clinical oncology (PGY 1-5);
  • Lectures in radiotherapy treatment planning (PGY 1-5);
  • Radiation oncology rounds;
  • Radiation oncology journal club.

In addition, at the end of the first year the resident will register for one of the spring courses offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The resident is also strongly encouraged to undertake clinical or basic science research under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member.


Canadian PGY 1 applicants are accepted through CaRMS. Admission is based on the student record, autobiographical letter, curriculum vitae, letters of assessment, and interviews with the selection committee.

Prerequisites for non-Canadian applicants are available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

For complete eligibility guidelines and application information for the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program, please see Postgraduate Medical Education. Enquiries may also be directed to the program coordinator

Contact Information

Dr. Joanne Alfieri


Maria Fossetti
(514) 934-1934 x43164
Department of Radiation Oncology
Cedars Cancer Centre
MUHC Glen Site