Maimonides Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

The Radiation Oncology Residency Program at Maimonides Medical Center provides an extensive curriculum designed to cultivate proficient and compassionate radiation oncologists who are deeply committed to providing exceptional patient care.

Under the guidance of experienced faculty, our program emphasizes experiential education, progressive clinical responsibilities, and immersive didactic learning, all with a strong focus on research. Teachings and training sessions cover essential topics in modern oncology practice.

About the Oncology Residency Program

Our residency program is a collaboration between Maimonides Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Medical School. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Residents engage in various educational activities such as topical discussions, case conferences, journal clubs, grand rounds and visiting professor lectures. These enterprises enhance a resident’s understanding of diverse aspects of radiation oncology. Our program integrates research opportunities to help foster scholarly inquiry and innovation, complementing clinical and didactic training.

By the program’s conclusion, residents emerge equipped to navigate the complexities of radiation oncology practice with confidence and preparedness for board certification examinations.

Oncology Residency Collaboration

Residents engage in clinical rotations at Maimonides Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Center and Brooklyn VA Medical Center. Residents spend the majority of their time at the primary site of Maimonides. Rotational months at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offer additional exposure to pediatric, head and neck, and central nervous system malignancy management.

Oncology Residency Program Requirements

Applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) and include:

  • ERAS common application form
  • Medical School transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean’s letter) or equivalent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG Status Report (if applicable)
  • Personal statement
  • COMLEX transcript (if applicable)
  • Citizenship Visa type

Oncology Residency Research Opportunities

Research is woven into the fabric of our radiation oncology program. Throughout the residency, participants dedicate six months to research. They can use up to three of these months for elective experiences tailored to their interests and career goals.

Rotations provide comprehensive exposure to all major subspecialty areas of radiation oncology. This approach emphasizes learning the methodology for research and actively contributing to current knowledge and progress in the field.

Many residents establish valuable research partnerships and meet their mentors during rotations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where they are exposed to cutting-edge projects and collaborate with world-renowned experts. This rich research environment facilitates meaningful scholarly pursuits, equipping residents with the skills and knowledge to make tangible contributions to advancing the field and preparing them for future academic endeavors.

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Distinctive Features

The unparalleled breadth of experiences offered sets our program apart. Residents rotate through three major clinical sites, each catering to distinct patient populations with unique healthcare needs. At Maimonides, residents gain exposure to diverse New York City communities, including Chinatown, Hispanic enclaves, and Hasidic neighborhoods, which fosters cultural competence and sensitivity.

Training at Kings County Hospital Center provides insight into advanced diseases among NYC populations facing socioeconomic challenges. The Brooklyn VA Medical Center grants residents a specialized focus on veteran healthcare. Rotations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offer unparalleled research opportunities, allowing residents to work alongside world-renowned experts and engage in cutting-edge projects.

This comprehensive training experience encompasses clinical, didactic and research components, preparing residents to address the multifaceted challenges of radiation oncology practice. Residents develop both empathy and confidence, which complements their expertise in practicing across diverse patient populations and pathologies.

Oncology Residency Program Leadership

Contact Information

For more information about the Radiation Oncology Residency Program or application process, please contact:

  • David Schwartz, MD, Program Director, 718-270-8906
  • Kino Williams, MS PHR CPHQ C-TAGME, Program Coordinator, 718-270-8906

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