Radiation Oncology

Radiation OncologyNew York Hospital Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

Contact the Coordinator

Shveta S. Geddam
Phone (718) 670-1687
Email ssg9005@nyp.org

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About the Program

The Department of Radiation Oncology, by virtue of its commitment to multidisciplinary care and its shared facilities, provides an environment in which residents are constantly exposed to the interdisciplinary management of cancer. The Radiation Oncology Residency Program here is designed to foster both clinical and academic excellence, providing a sophisticated understanding of our field and the great benefits it offers to patients. We believe that residents who complete our program are well-rounded radiation oncologists, who are not only competent in their own field, but also knowledgeable about all aspects of oncology.

The basic objectives of our residency program are to make the resident clinically proficient in radiation oncology, while procreating a sense of affection for this field and fostering a commitment to patient care. In addition, the resident will ideally become acquainted with clinical investigation, biostatistics, epidemiology, computer data management and analysis, ethical considerations in investigation, biomedical writing, and the development of new technologies.

Understanding the complexities involved in Radiation Oncology demands training that is more comprehensive and rigorous than it has been in the past. Therefore, the program allows for greater exposure to special modalities, enhancing the resident’s capacity to use leading edge technologies that are considered to be future practice areas.

Program Director, David L. Sherr, M.D.


Applications for the Radiation Oncology Integrated Residency Program are accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) only. For additional information on ERAS, access their website at: www.aamc.org/eras.

Candidates are evaluated by review of their academic performance, letters of recommendation and a series of personal interviews with faculty. Selection is conducted via the National Residency Matching Program.

Our NRMP Program Code #: 1822430A0 – NY Hosp Med Ctr Queens.

Our Integrated Residency Program

The Residency Program currently consists of six residents distributed among the PG-2 through PG-5 years. Training at the first postgraduate year level is not offered, but must be completed prior to entering the residency. The training program is organized according to the structure of the Department of Radiation Oncology.

One or both of the the PGY5 residents will additionally be designated and serve as “Chief Resident”. The Chief Resident performs academic and administrative responsibilities, which include organization of the educational conference schedule, assignment of clinical rotations and performance of other administrative matters.

The PGY5 residents oversee the educational experience of the more junior residents and assume an increased level of clinical responsibility under the guidance of the attending physicians They also oversee the functioning of an individual service when the attending physician is absent, under the guidance of a covering attending.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Program

  • Do you have any USMLE score minimum requirement?
    While the Department does not have a minimum requirement, historically applicants with scores above the 50th percentile have matched with our program.
  • Is US clinical experience mandatory in order to apply to your program?
    Yes. Successful applicants must have spent one year in an ACGME-approved program in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Do you accept Foreign Medical Graduates?
  • What visas do you sponsor?
    The Department of Graduate Medical Education sponsors J1 visas.
  • Does your program offer Observerships?
    No, we do not offer observerships. However, we do offer a one month clinical elective for medical students. Interested students should contact the Weill Cornell Medical College office of Academic Affairs to schedule their elective.
  • I am currently in an ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Program (PGY-2) —do you accept applicants from other programs?
    Yes. However, salary will reflect the resident’s PGY-2 status in Radiation Oncology regardless of the number of residency training years completed in another service.
  • Do you accept applicants who have completed residency training in another program?
    We review each applicant on a case-by-case basis.
  • Do you require clinical rotations or experience in radiation oncology to apply?
    While it is not a requirement, demonstrated interest in the field is strongly encouraged.
  • Do you require any Radiation Oncology specific research before the start of residency training?
    While it is not a requirement, research experience in Radiation Oncology is taken as ‘demonstrated interest in the field’ and viewed favorably by the selection committee.
  • How many positions are available?
    We are recruiting to fill 1 position that will be available in 2011.

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