Department of Oncology
School of Medicine Queen's University

Past Residents and their Successes!

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.


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!


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. 


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.