Clinical Rotations

Radiation Oncology Clinical Service

In order to obtain the essential skills and knowledge, residents will spend a significant portion of their residency on the Radiation Oncology Clinical Services. Each physician faculty runs their own clinical service specializing in specific disease sites. Residents will rotate through each service at least three times throughout residency and potentially more if interested in a specific service/disease. Clinical rotations will vary in length each training year in order to meet the overall educational learning goals.

Department faculty clinical services include:

Faculty Clinical Service Topics/Disease Sites Special Procedures
Carryn Anderson, MD Head and Neck, Melanoma, Sarcoma, Skin/Soft Tissues Eye Plaque Brachytherapy, Spinal Stereotactic Radiosurgery
John Buatti, MD Pediatrics, Head and Neck, Skin, Central Nervous System Extracranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Craniospinal Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Radiation Therapy, and Eye Plaque Brachytherapy
Bryan Allen, MD Thoracic Cavity, Lung Thoracic Malignancies, Eye Plaque Brachytherapy, Pancreatic/Esophageal Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Mark Smith, MD Brain, Central Nervous System, Genitourinary, Lymphomas and Leukemias, Palliation Prostate Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Brachytherapy, Cardiospinal Radiation, Total Body Irradiation Therapy, and Eye Plaque Brachytherapy
Wenqing Sun, MD Gynecology, Breast, Head and Neck Gynecologic Brachytherapy, Breast Brachytherapy, and Eye Plaque Brachytherapy
Joseph Caster, MD, PhD Gastrointestinal, Gynecologic Eye Plaque and Gynecologic Brachytherapy, Prostate Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Pancreatic/Esophageal Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Kristin Plichta, MD, PhD Thoracic Cavity, Breast Breast and Eye Plaque Brachytherapy and Thoracic Malignancies


These blocks are additional clinical experiences that are necessary to further enhance the understanding of Radiation Oncology.

  • Radiology - An eight-week rotation that consists of a combined experience in Diagnostic Radiology, PET/Nuclear Medicine and Neuroradiology taken in PGY3
  • Physics and Dosimetry - A designated 12-week block that focuses on the clinical integration of Radiation Oncology and Physics taken in PGY4

Clinical Experience Overview

Learning Goals:

  • PGY2: Foundation and Exposure
  • PGY3 - PGY4: In-depth Understanding/Learning, Increase Responsibility
  • PGY5: Specialize/Focus and Autonomy
  PGY2 PGY3 PGY4 PGY5 Total Weeks
Clinical Radiation Oncology (Faculty Services) 48 weeks
6 8-week blocks
Exposure to all clinics
40 weeks
4 10-week blocks
4 different faculty
36 weeks
3 12-week blocks
Remaining 2 faculty,
Repeat area of interest
40 weeks
4 10-week blocks
Resident choice of faculty
164 weeks
Selectives 0 8 weeks
12 weeks
Physics and Dosimetry
0 20 weeks