Name: Melody Qu
Completed residency: 2017
Current Position/location: Clinical fellow
Scholarly Interests: Health services research
Current Research Involvement: GI, GU, sarcoma
Medical School: university of Toronto
About the program: Program at Queen's university provided me the core training in radiation oncology, which has prepared me to be independent and competent radiation oncologist. I had lots of research opportunity to explore difference area of research. The residents at our program are extremely collegial and we have great staff support.
Name: Pierre-Yves McLaughlin
Completed Residency Year: 2016
Current Position/location: Attending Radiation Oncologist, Gatineau Hospital, Gatineau, QC
Scholarly Interests: Health Services Research, Medical Education
Current Research Involvement: The Impact of Radiation Oncology Outreach Activities on the Utilization of Radiation Therapy. ASTRO 2016 poster presentation. Manuscript in preparation
Achievements: Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting 2015 - Best Poster Presentation Award; American Brachytherapy Society 2016 High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy Scholarship Award
Medical School: Sherbrooke, QC
About the program: Queen's Radiation Oncology provides thorough exposure to all major clinical disease sites as well as stellar medical physics teaching. The program gives residents time to explore many research and/or teaching opportunities on varied subjects, with past residents having completed Master's degrees, or winning international and national research awards. The resident facilities (ample workspace, individual contouring screens) and work atmosphere (friendly and supportive staff - physicians and others), along with the awesome work-life balance Kingston provides, are second-to-none among all Radiation Oncology residency programs in Canada. I would do it all again!
Name: Martin Korzeniowski
Completed Residency Year: 2016
Current Position/location: Kingston Health Sciences Centre, prior: Brachytherapy Fellow, BC Cancer Agency
Scholarly Interests: Prostate HDR Brachytherapy, Focal Dose Escalation with MR planning, Interstitial Gynecological HDR Brachytherapy with Image-Adaptive Planning, Partial Breast Permanent Seed Implant
Current Research Involvement: Degeralix Prostate Cytoreduction prior to Implant, Quality of Life Outcomes in Prostate Brachytherapy, HDR Monotherapy Treatment, HDR Salvage with Partial Prostate Implant, Outcomes for HPV-positive Penile Cancers
Medical School: McMaster University, Hamilton
About the program: I enjoyed the commitment to teaching from all the staff.
Name: Kadir Mullings
Completed Residency Year: 2015
Current Position/location: Staff Radiation Oncologist, Coborn Cancer Center, Minnesota, USA
Scholarly Interests: CNS disease, Prostate Cancer, Radiosurgery
Current Research Involvement: None currently.
Achievements: Beatrice and Harold Cohen award for medical ethics 2015
Medical School: University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica
About the program: There were a lot of great things about the residency program however, the thing that stood out most to me was the interest everyone involved in my training took to ensure I could fulfil my true potential as a radiation oncologist. It was clear that their main objective was to see me succeed!
Name: Oluwabunmi Ogundimu
Completed Residency Year: 2015
Current Position/location: Locum Radiation Oncologist
Scholarly Interests: Breast, Lung, Ethics and healthcare access
Current Research Involvement: SubQI for breast clinical trials
Medical School: University of Toronto
About the program: Great resident camaraderie and support. One-on-One clinics with radiation oncologists.
Name: Marc-Emile Plourde
Completed program: 2013
And then…: Fellowship in stereotactic ablative radiotherapy at The Ottawa Hospital 2014
Current position: Staff radiation oncologist at CIUSS de l’Estrie CHUS. Associate professor, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke.
Interests: Stereotactic radiotherapy, lung cancer and technology
Current research: Accruing too many CCTG and NRG protocols
Achievements: Grant from the Fondation Baxter & Alma Ricard (2013-2014). In the media:
Medical School: Université de Sherbrooke
About the program: Queen’s radiation oncology residency program is a well-rounded program where you feel like you’re part of a big family. It’s rigorous and relaxed at the same time. Resident support is excellent.
Name: Lara Best
Completed Residency: 2013
Current position/location: Staff Radiation Oncologist / Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS
Scholarly Interests: Medical Education, Head and neck cancers, thoracic cancers, CNS cancers
Current Research Involvement:
1. Submitted for publication to Radiotherapy and Oncology: Radiation Therapy Quality Indicators for Invasive Breast Cancer
2. Transition to Practice in Radiation Oncology: Masters/PhD project in Medical Education - currently in the design phase. Working to set-up a pan-Canadian panel to determine the needs of senior residents for a transition to practice module after completion of their Royal College Examination in PGY5 (to fulfill the Royal College CanMEDS roles and module under the new CBD program). I am currently setting up a steering committee (pan-Canadian), to help design a questionnaire to go out across Canada so that the curriculum I design is evidence & expert based. I have attached the current proposal which I am presenting as part of my Masters of Education I just started... (On talking with Dr. Joan Sargeant, this is likely to turn into a PhD project)
1. Nominated for PARO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award, Queen's University 2015
2. Radiation Oncology Resident Research Award, University of Western Ontario 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
3. Heavily involved in Resident teaching - but no real recognition/awards for that!
4. First year Clinical Skills tutor Fall 2015 - Dalhousie University
Medical School: Queen's University
What would you say/like the most about Queen's Radiation Oncology Program:
1. The departmental environment is friendly and supportive, which fosters learning and collaboration among the residents and all staff. I believe this is the biggest strength of the program. The residents help each other, not just with learning, but call coverage, handover, difficult contouring etc. It feels more like a community!
2. There is exposure to numerous modalities of treatment including brachytherapy, superficial/orthovoltage, electrons and photon therapy.
3. The program is very adaptable and open to new ideas and projects. Ie: starting practice exams for PGY5s on a weekly basis, etc.