Welcome from the residency program director
Welcome to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Radiation Oncology Residency Program website! I am thrilled that you are considering our program. I hope that you will find this website helpful in answering all your questions and in giving you a picture of what this program has to offer.
The main objective of our program is to train physicians to be skillful in the practice of radiation oncology and to be caring and compassionate in the treatment of patients. Our residency program provides an outstanding educational environment dedicated to empowering physicians so that they can become leading academic clinicians and scientists. We use a multi-faceted approach that consists of:
- Training in the management of cancer and benign disease;
- Didactic course work in radiation biology and medical physics;
- Mentoring in professional development;
- The opportunity to perform research in the laboratories of a number of outstanding Vanderbilt scientists who utilize cutting edge techniques coupled with highly collaborative approaches;
- Multi-disciplinary Tumor Boards and Seminar Series designed to foster interactions between basic scientists and clinicians who perform translational research;
- Grant writing workshops;
- Attendance at scientific/medical conferences.
You will find that we have a very tight-knit group with a bond that continues after graduation. Many of our alumni continue to be involved with our program through professional mentorship of current residents or coming down for our annual mock oral board exam.
We greatly appreciate your interest in our program.
Albert Attia, MD
Welcome from the chief resident
Thank you for considering Vanderbilt for your radiation oncology residency. We think you will find Vanderbilt University Medical Center an excellent place to continue your medical training. We pride ourselves in offering a wide spectrum of opportunities for our residents to learn and grow. Current and former residents have been successful in every avenue from basic laboratory investigation, to large national database research, to starting their own clinical trials that they continued as faculty. We will work with you as you hone your clinical skills and discover your area of interest. Nothing at VUMC is out of reach! All our world-class facilities are at your disposal. Our engaging faculty are ready and willing to help you achieve your best. On top of all that, it’s done with a touch of Southern charm.
You will find that if you join the VUMC radiation oncology family you will not only be making colleagues for life, but also friends. Residents frequently grab coffee together, meet outside for lunch on the Vanderbilt University campus or nearby as the schedules allow, attend (and win) trivia nights around the city with Dr Kachnic and other staff. You will also find that Music City has a wide array of activities to enjoy outside of the clinic. You will surely find great, life-long friends during your time in residency here. Nashville offers many of the amenities of cities twice its size, but it is all affordable on a resident’s salary.
Best of luck,
Brent Cameron, MD, PhD
Your future colleague in radiation oncology
2018 Residency Match
Congratulations to the resident who will join our department in July 2019!
Dakim Gaines, MD, PhD
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School