“The beauty of our clinical pathways, whether it be academics, research, or community medicine, is that they allow us to be well-rounded, competent clinicians while providing us the autonomy and initiative to fashion our unique niches in health care (medical education, innovation, public policy, global health, clinical trial initiation, etc.)."
-Sagar C. Patel, MD

In order to help residents meet the learning goal of focusing and specializing in areas of interest, residents will choose and/or develop a Pathway by mid-residency. Pathways are individualized learning experiences developed around specific areas that correlate to each resident’s personal career goals and interests. Approximately 16 weeks of residency will be devoted to a selected Pathway to be taken in PGY4 and PGY5. Currently, developed Pathways include, but certainly are not limited to:

  • Clinical Research - Residents who develop a keen interest in clinical research after the first two years can continue their projects and further develop their skills
  • Academic Medicine - Residents interested in pursuing an academic career i.e., in medical education, public health, etc. can work simultaneously on their Masters degrees in Medical Education or Public Health during residency.
  • Clinical Medicine - Residents who want to focus more on their clinical skills and practice can choose the Clinical Medicine Pathway. Learning experiences will encompass more exposure and experience for specific procedures or disease sites and a variety of clinical Radiation Oncology experiences (i.e. community medicine rotations)

The Holman Pathway

“The Holman Pathway afforded me protected time to really focus on basic science research and provided me a foundation for a successful academic career as a physician-scientist.” 
–Darrion Mitchell, MD, PhD

The Holman Pathway presents an alternative residency structure for selected residents in Radiation Oncology. It’s a special training program available for residents who are planning a career in basic science or clinical research. Residents become eligible for board certification after 21 months of research and 27 months of clinical training.

Holman Pathway residents are required to meet the same minimum requirements for special procedures (interstitial and intracaviatry brachtherapy and unsealed sources) as well as pediatric cases. HP residents are not required to take the curriculum selectives (Radiology, Physics, and Dosimetry and the PGY3 Research Curriculum). Additionally, the clinical rotations will be designed to meet the HP resident needs.

Learn more about the Holman Pathway.