RadOnc – Radiation Oncology Interest Group


Co-Presidents Alexis Germain & Vishal Patel
Co-Treasurers Alexis Falanga & Diego Nolasco

Welcome to the Radiation Oncology Interest Group!

The mission of the Radiation Oncology Interest Group is to educate medical students on the dynamic field and scope of radiation oncology. The group will focus on this goal by encouraging others to attend weekly seminars and grand rounds held by University of Florida faculty and visiting professors to learn about exciting breakthroughs currently being made in the field. It will also serve as a way to connect with faculty and other peers to discuss issues related to radiation oncology.

What is Radiation Oncology?

Radiation oncology is the medical specialty concerned with prescribing radiation, and is distinct from radiology. Radiation may be prescribed by a radiation oncologist with intent to cure or for adjuvant therapy. It may also be used as palliative treatment. Radiotherapy is the medical use of ionizing radiation, generally as part of cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells. Physicians in Radiation Oncology can treat a diverse patient population and variety of cancers. There are different modalities of radiotherapy, most notably photons and protons.

Residency and Fellowship

The path to Radiation Oncology is one of the more competitive roads in medicine. If you have an interest in this field, the best thing to do is get exposure early in medical school. There are currently 87 US training programs. The residency training for Radiation Oncology in the US is a total of five years. All residents beginning the radiation oncology program must have completed a clinical PGY-1 year in an accredited graduate medical education institution. Surgical, medical, or flexible internship is suggested. The next four years are specific training in Radiation Oncology.

Grand Rounds

Radiation has Monday Night Conferences run by faculty, residents, and students where a specific disease is discussed. 1-3 medical students are welcome to go each week, and Billy Kennedy has access to the schedule of topics. Again, please contact bkennedy@ufl.edu or s.rohatgi0329@ufl.edu if interested in attending.

Other Resources

  • UF Radiation Oncology – Link
  • Radiation Therapy  – Link