Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology Residency Program

Program Description

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Resident Graduation Dinner 2014

This is a four-year ACGME accredited residency program in Radiation Oncology in the setting of an NCI-designated Cancer Center. Successful completion of this program satisfies training requirements for board eligibility in Radiation Oncology through the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Residency years are a period of hard work with rapid professional and personal growth. We consider it our responsibility to provide an environment that is both rigorous and enjoyable. Our graduates have been very successful in obtaining prestigious academic appointments or high-quality private practice positions in their target geographic locations.

We are currently approved for six residents in years PGY-2 to PGY-5. Of note, funding has been secured for an additional position and we are applying to the ACGME hoping to expand our program to seven residents beginning in the summer of 2015. Clinical training primarily occurs in outpatient clinics of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) and at Wilford Hall seeing patients from the Veteran’s Administration. Inpatient consultations occur mainly at the University Hospital and the Audie Murphy Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

There are regularly scheduled multidisciplinary tumor boards for Musculoskeletal tumors, CNS tumors, Pediatric Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Breast tumors, Head and Neck tumors, Thoracic Oncology, Genitourinary tumors, Lymphomas, and Gastrointestinal tumors as well as separate tumor boards for tumors of the liver and of the pancreas. Our physicians also participate in online virtual tumor boards with colleagues at hospitals in South Texas. Departmental clinics provide exceptional training in all of the common disease sites as well as busy specialty practices in brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy, pediatric oncology, radiosurgery. Our goal is to train residents who are proficient and comfortable with special procedures and special populations.

Residents are required to formally participate in at least one research project during their years of training. Research may be clinical or in some aspect of physics or radiobiology. Approved projects typically provide up to three months of protected research time with additional time being available for academically talented residents with strong motivation. Residents are encouraged to present results at national meetings and to seek publication in refereed journals. Residents are also encouraged to compete for grant support—including American Cancer Society funds and institutional grants available to junior investigators. All residents will learn about proper clinical trial design and execution. Residents are expected to be active in the recruitment and management of patients on institutional and national cooperative group clinical research trials.


Current information on salary and benefits is available on the UTHSCSA GME website.

Call Schedule: From home, one week at a time, approximately every 6th week.
Professional fund: An individual fund is available for purchase of texts and travel to national meetings. Additional funding is provided for pre-approved oral presentations at national meetings.
Office space: Each resident has a desk with locking drawers, a computer with dual monitors, and a laptop computer.
Libraries: The University provides a full research library including online access, and the department maintains a small reference library relevant to our field.

Whom To Contact

This residency program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and accepts applications via ERAS. Only the best qualified candidates are offered interviews and selection is made by a committee composed of the faculty of the department. The department supports a policy of non-discrimination and residency selections are made without regard to race, sex, age, nationality, or religion.

Please address inquiries to:

Patricia P. Candia, Ph.D   Richard Crownover, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Coordinator   Professor and Radiation Oncology
Residency Program Director
Candia@uthscsa.edu   Crownover@uthscsa.edu
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Texas Health Science Center
7979 Wurzbach Rd. MC 7889
San Antonio, TX 78229
  UTHSCSA Department of Radiation Oncology
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MSC 7889
San Antonio TX, 78229