University of Alberta - Radiation Oncology - Edmonton
- We offer one-on-one rotations with preceptors, which allows time for non-service activities, such as research, education and leadership activities.
- There is excellent work-life balance. Call is very light and there is no in-house call after the first year of training.
- Residents are funded for four international conferences, two review courses, a radiologic anatomy course and a radiobiology course.
- Career planning starts in PGY 1. The staff and program director have a network of connections to help you get the job or fellowship you want.
- The resident group is extremely friendly and collegial.
- Staff is easy to work with and supportive, helping residents succeed in the program and their careers.
- Edmonton offers a low cost of living and there is lots of housing around the Cross Cancer Institute (you can walk to work).
- You’ll have a good social life because there are lots of activities in Edmonton. It’s an easy drive to the mountains—three to four hours to Jasper or Banff.
What do you look for in a resident applicant?
Someone who is well-rounded and will contribute to the resident group and program.
Do you need a lot of physics knowledge?
No, our physics teaching is excellent and if you can do high school physics, you can do radiation oncology physics.
What is a week like in the life of a resident?
Most residents will attend three to five half-day clinics per week. The rest of the time consists of treatment planning (contouring), research, teaching and leadership activities.
Do your graduates get jobs?
Yes. All of our residents from the past 10 years are employed. Residents can either work straight out of residency or do a fellowship in an area of specialization.
How much do you make?
Radiation oncologists in Alberta make about $450,000 a year.