Department of Oncology
School of Medicine Queen's University

Program Overview


March 2017     |     February 2017


In alignment with the strategic plan of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Queen’s is moving forward with transitioning to a Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) program for ALL Residency Programs, effective July 2017. The Radiation Oncology program is a national leader in this regard.

It is very important to us that the residents feel at home in our program.  The first two months of PGY-1 will be spent in the Transition to Discipline (TTD) Stage of the CBME program.  This is a combination of both didactic and interactive sessions, with clinical activities in the afternoons.  Residents are introduced to the goals and assessment tools of Transition to Discipline (TTD).  We are developing the Foundations Stage for implementation soon.  Currently, after TTD, residents will continue with off-service rotations to develop skills in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging and Gyne-Oncology.

The PGY-2 through 4 years will be the Foundations and Core Stages of CBME. Residents will develop skills required for radiation oncology practice, including assessments and management of cancer patients, moving from the common to the complicated as their skill set increases.   Rotations in Pathology, Medical Oncology, Pediatric Radiation Oncology and Palliative Care play a role in consolidating clinical knowledge. 
Residents will begin to have independent practices with involvement of the Consult service in hospital, where they become the program representative to other services.  In addition, senior residents are provided the opportunity to maintain their own clinical practice one half day a week, under the guidance of an Attending staff member.  
Part of the integration of the basic sciences into clinical practice is through the learning of Medical Physics, from the basics to the applied, with strong input from our Medical Physics department.  Through treatment planning rounds to the treatment planning exams, residents will learn how to apply physics principles to enhance patient safety.

During the PGY-5 year, residents will be focusing on successful completion of their Royal College Fellowship examination, but will also be preparing for Transition to Practice (TTP) Stage.  Focus will be on increasing self-confidence and acquiring the skills for evolution from residency to career.