The NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We offer four years of post-graduate training in the specialty of radiation oncology following completion of a year of training in an ACGME-accredited medical, surgical, or transitional year internship.
Our faculty includes five radiation oncologists, three medical physicists, and a radiation biologist. The department has two megavoltage linear accelerators (Varian TrueBeam, Clinac iX) and a Siemens Somatom large-bore CT simulator. We are a community-based program with accreditation from the American College of Radiology. Advanced image-guided radiotherapy, including intensity-modulated radiotherapy, volumetric modulated arc therapy, and stereotactic radiotherapy are available. We perform interstitial, intracavitary, and contact HDR brachytherapy, as well as LDR prostate implants. Balloon-based accelerated partial breast irradiation is offered to select patients. High-dose-rate treatments are delivered by a Varian GammaMedPlus Iridium-192 remote afterloader. We are a clinical affiliate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Medical Dosimetry Masters Program and the NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital School of Radiation Therapy. We participate in the newly formed National Research Group (NRG), and have enrolled numerous patients into RTOG, NSABP, and GOG protocols.
Hani Ashamalla, MD, Department Chairman, and Program Director
Bahaa Mokhtar, MD, Associate Program Director
Michael Smith, MD
Andrew Brandmaier, MD, PhD
Onyinye Balogun, MD, PhD
Ioannis Parameritis, M.S. Chief Physicist
Andrey Markovich, PhD, Physicist
Jonathan Marshall, MSc, Physicist
Paul Graves, PhD, Radiobiologist
Radiation Oncology Program Schedule
A typical outline of the four-year training program follows:
- PGY-2: 11 months of clinic and one month of physics.
- PGY-3: 11 months of clinic and one month of medical oncology
- PGY-4: 12 months of clinic with one month of pediatrics and up to two elective/research months
- PGY-5: 12 months of clinic with up to three elective/research months
During clinical rotations, residents evaluate all new patients and actively participate in all aspects of management including the simulation, planning, delivery, and quality assurance. It is expected that residents follow patients throughout the course of therapy from start to finish and during follow-up.
Clinical rotations average three months in length, during which each resident is assigned to one or two attendings. Our attending are generalists who treat all disease sites and are able to practice independently when residents are occupied. Resident progress is evaluated and discussed on an individual basis following the completion of each clinical rotation in both written and verbal formats.
Most clinical rotations take place at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Park Slope. The pediatric radiation oncology rotation is done at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center during the third or fourth year.
Radiation Oncology Conferences and Lectures
- Chart Rounds/Quality Assurance, Mondays 8-9 a.m.
- New Patient, Mondays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- Weekly Didactic Symposium, Wednesdays 12:30-2 p.m.
- Morbidity and Mortality, Third Tuesday of each month 1-1:30 p.m.
- Journal Club, Every other Thursday 1-2 p.m.
- Radiobiology and Medical Physics, Friday 9:30-12 p.m.
Interdepartmental Conferences and Lectures
- General Tumor Board, Tuesdays 12-1p.m.
- Thoracic Tumor Board, Every other Tuesday 9-10 a.m.
- Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, First Wednesday of the month 9-10 a.m.
- Head and Neck Oncology Conference, Third Wednesday of the month, 8. a.m.
- Uro-Oncology Conference, Third Tuesday of the month, 8 a.m.
- Neuro-Oncology Conference, Fridays 8:15-9 a.m.
- Radiology-Pathology Conference, Fridays 12-1 p.m.
Each year, residents are required to take the In-Service Training Examination administered by the American Board of Radiology. This comprehensive exam covers clinical oncology, radiation physics, and radiobiology and is intended to prepare residents for the written board examinations and evaluate their performance relative to peers at the same level in training. This helps the program director and residents identify areas where improvement may be needed in basic science or clinical knowledge. The RAPHEX exam is also given annually specifically to assess physics proficiency.
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service. For further information, please contact the program coordinator Silvia Gonzalez at 718-780-3677.