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Radiation Oncology

CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Radiation Oncology

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National Organizations:

American College of Radiation Oncology
American College of Radiology
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

Minimal Training Durations:

1 transitional/preliminary year

4 years of residency


Competitiveness: High

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Specialty Overview: Radiation Oncology is the branch of clinical medicine that utilizes ionizing radiation to treat patients with cancer, and occasionally with diseases other than cancer. Radiation oncologists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary management of the cancer patient and collaborate closely with physicians in related disciplines in the management of cancer patients.





Training Requirements: Training consists of a minimum of five years of postgraduate education. The first year of postgraduate clinical training must be spent in an accredited internal medicine, family practice, surgery, pediatrics, or transitional year program followed by four years of training in radiation oncology. There were 89 radiation residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 193 categorical/advanced positions.





Recommended Electives Outside this specialty:

Oncology; Radiology; Surgical Oncology; Pathology


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 249

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 252

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 60.7

Number of Programs: 8

Number of Positions Available: 15

Total Number of Applicants: 141

Total Number of Matched: 15




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California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300