Numerous educational opportunities are available for residents. A weekly Academic Half Day is mandatory and residents are relieved of their clinical responsibilities during this time. These half-days include a core seminar series in clinical oncology and radiation treatment planning, as well as surgical oncology, medical oncology, diagnostic imaging and pathology in addition to sessions aimed at competencies related to the other CanMEDS roles.
Other didactic teaching includes comprehensive formal teaching in basic sciences (physics and radiobiology). Weekly physics sessions are given according to a two year repeating curriculum which is taught by senior physicists in the department. Courses in statistics and clinical trials are given and enrollment in graduate courses is available.
Residents attend journal club with staff oncologists, helping to reinforce critical appraisal skills and new evidence in Radiation Oncology. Regular interdisciplinary clinical conferences take place covering all major tumor sites several times each week. Residents also attend and are regularly required to present at the Department of Oncology weekly Grand Rounds and the weekly Division of Radiation Oncology Continuing Medical Education rounds.