Welcome From the Residency Program Director


Welcome From the Residency Program Director

On behalf of the University of Iowa Department of Radiation Oncology, I would like to personally invite you to explore our Department and Residency Program.  Education is a key component of our mission, and we are committed to providing residents with an outstanding educational experience.

Our residency program has many features that distinguish it from other programs.  Residents receive training not only from nationally recognized radiation oncologists but also free-radical radiation biologists and medical physicists.   As the only academic radiation oncology program in our region, we draw patients from Iowa and beyond. You will treat diverse diseases and people, and our residents do not need to take “away rotations” to satisfy pediatric or brachytherapy rotations.  Our department prides itself on our state-of-the-art technology utilized in the clinic and hospital, allowing for up-to-date training and preparation for independent practice.  Technologies include CT, PET and MR simulation imaging within the department, an Elekta Unity MR-Linac, a Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, and a joint Theranostics clinic with Nuclear Medicine.

One of the most unique and innovative features of our curriculum is our residency pathways.  These pathways allow residents to specialize and focus on areas of interest within the field of radiation oncology, such as clinical medicine, academic medicine and research. In additional to our pathways, residents also rotate on clinical services, have dedicated research time, take courses in Medical Physics, Radiation Biology and Biostatics, and participate in didactic case conferences designed to fully prepare them for independent practice in academic medicine or private practice. The residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and we currently have seven residents.

Please peruse our website to learn more about our program, where you will find detailed information regarding our curriculum including clinical experiences, didactics, and research opportunities.  If you have any questions, please email me or any other faculty and staff in the department.


Kristin Plichta, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Program Director, Department of Radiation Oncology