Residency Training Program
Under the directorship of Dr. David Horowitz, Program Director, and our new Chair, Dr. Lisa Kachnic, the Radiation Oncology residency training program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons campus successfully blends a small and individualized program with one of the major medical schools and teaching hospitals of the nation in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.
The department offers a four-year certified training program (PGY-2 to -5), fully accredited by the ACGME (American College of Graduate Medical Education), leading to the American Board of Radiology certification in Radiation Oncology. Candidates must first complete an approved PGY-1 internship at an ACGME-accredited residency program: Transitional, Surgery, or Medicine internships are encouraged.
The outstanding faculty and staff of the Department of Radiation Oncology, combined with an extensive collection of advanced technology, give our residents training in nearly every cancer treatment option available. The broad range of radiation treatments provided includes intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT); high-dose rate (HDR) and low-dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy, including prostate, GYN, and cardiac stent, eye plaque; intraoperative irradiation (IORT) of breast and abdomen/pelvis; total body irradiation, total skin electron irradiation, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), as well as single and fractionated radiosurgery at our nationally recognized Gamma Knife Center.
Effective teaching of residents by our faculty is a priority and is emphasized as an important component of academic life. Resident education is focused on the six ACGME Core Competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism, and interpersonal and communications skills. Special emphasis is placed on the care of patients participating in national (COG, RTOG, GOG, SWOG, etc.) and intramural clinical trials.
Program Director Dr. David Horowitz is also the director of our medical student education. Residents learn to become mentors in his annual “Resident as Teacher” class and our program is the #1 rated elective rotation experience for Columbia University’s medical students, a ranking we’ve held for the past three years.
Columbia University’s Radiation Oncology department has an outstanding research program, strengthened by its collaboration with physicians from the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC), an NCI-designated facility, as well as with our own internationally recognized Center for Radiological Research (CRR), directed by renowned leaders in the field. We are committed to developing new biological and physical approaches for improving radiation therapy and bringing these advances to the clinic to benefit patients directly. In particular, we are dedicated to understanding the biology of cancer and to applying that knowledge to the design of cancer therapies and prevention strategies.
Research collaborations with members of the Department, the HICCC, and CRR are encouraged, as well as participation in the Holman Research Pathway of the American Board of Radiology, which allows residents a minimum of 18 months of research time during their clinical training.
However, we offer all our residents one year of protected research time or 11 months research/1 month outside rotation.