Thinking about a career in radiation oncology? Learn more about the field and explore frequently asked questions on application and interview process. In addition, take advantage of helpful resources for medical students interested in radiation oncology.
Generally programs wait for the Dean’s Letter to be released on November 1 of the application year. Do not be dismayed if you get rejections before November 1. Some programs will make initial cuts before the Dean’s Letter release date.
Some programs fill up their interview spots the day they begin offering interviews. It is best to contact the program as soon as possible to schedule interviews or you may lose your spot.
A good goal is eight or more interviews. If you look at the match statistics released annually from the National Resident Match Program (NRMP), almost all applicants with eight or more interviews match into a residency position.
Interview anywhere you will be happy training for four years. If you absolutely know that you do not want to move to a particular location, then consider not applying/interviewing.
There are a number of radiation oncology residents as well as attending physicians that are passionate about medical education. We recognize that learning more about radiation oncology and deciding if it is the right specialty for you can be difficult, especially if you don’t have an enthusiastic mentor. If you are interested in radiation oncology and would like to be matched with a mentor, please email us. We also recommend checking out the numerous enthusiastic radiation oncologists engaging in conversations on Twitter. You can follow our organizations @ARRO_org and @ASTRO_org for the latest information. There are also many radiation oncology departments, chairs, program directors, physicians and residents that you can follow. Hashtags such as #radonc will help connect you with others in the field. View a list of hashtags to use. Twitter DM is also a great way to get in touch with the ARRO Executive Committee!