Information for Medical Residency Applicants

We are pleased that you are interested in the radiation oncology residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. We are committed to providing quality graduate medical education for tomorrow's radiation oncologists. VUMC offers a teaching facility with diverse patient populations, state-of-the art technology, cutting edge research, and outstanding faculty.

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Clinical Education & Didactics

  • Residents spend approximately 36 of their 48 months of training rotating through the various clinical services. Rotations change every 2 months. All rotations are completed at the main campus, including pediatrics and brachytherapy.
  • Residents attend daily didactic sessions for clinical didactics, physics, and radiation biology. Additional educational sessions include multidisciplinary tumor boards, departmental chart rounds, morbidity and mortality conferences, visiting professorship lectures, and more. Residents are invited to participate in mock oral board examinations yearly with our alumni.
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Radiation Oncology Research

  • All residents are provided with 12 months of consecutive research/elective time. Many of our residents apply for The Holman Pathway which is designed for the exceptional trainee who has both strong clinical abilities and a background in research. If accepted for this program residents spend 18 months performing research.
  • Twelve months of consecutive research / elective time available also facilitates completion of additional degrees (e.g. MBA, MS in Clinical Investigation, MA in Bioethics, MPH) for interested residents. Electives can also be used to spend time in Radiology, Pathology, Medical Oncology, or surgical subspecialties. Electives can also be used for the optional rotation in Inpatient / Palliative Radiation with Dr Kohutek, or a proton therapy away rotation. 
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Facilities & Technology

Resident Life & Benefits

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Current Medical Residents

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  • Watch here as some of our alumni share about their experiences as radiation oncology residents at VUMC.

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Application requirements

Individuals applying for residency in radiation oncology must hold a medical degree from an accredited institution. We are a 4-year training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). All applicants must have completed a minimum of an internship, at an accredited institution, prior to beginning their PGY-2 year with us. Written documentation of successful completion of the PGY-1 year is required. If you hold a foreign medical degree, a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is also required. The Administrative Director for GME at Vanderbilt is the designated Training Program Liaison for ECFMG Graduates. A Complete Application to the Radiation Oncology training program must include a Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, personal statement, medical school transcript, and USMLE transcript. Completion of USMLE Step 1 prior to application is required, and completed USMLE Step 2 is strongly encouraged.

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the ADA 29 Amendments Act of 2008, Executive Order 11246, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, as amended, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression consistent with the University's nondiscrimination policy.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity institution offering excellent benefits for all employees. A partial listing of benefits can be viewed on our website. On acceptance to our program all residents must successfully pass reference and background screenings.



Planned interview dates (in-person): Tuesday 11/28/23, Friday 12/8/23, Monday 12/11/24, Friday 1/12/24, and Monday 1/22/24

An optional dinner with our current residents will be held the night before each interview day.

Hotel accommodations will be provided for one night (the night prior to interview day) for all interviewees, and interview day will end by early afternoon. 


We have 3 open spots this year for 2023-2024 application season (for PGY-2 year starting 2025).

Questions? Contact Us

Program Director: Dr. Natalie A Lockney,

Program Coordinator: Shannon Lewis,


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