Radiation Oncology Residency Program

Mission: Our mission is to instill a conviction of the efficacy of radiotherapy in well-rounded radiation oncologists committed to patient advocacy in the clinic, the community, and on a national level.

Overview: The University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology is committed to providing a comprehensive residency experience focused on in-depth clinical training to prepare rising leaders to steer the future direction of the field of Radiation Oncology. We currently have 4 medical residents, 2 physics residents, and 17 faculty across 4 clinical sites. Medical residents rotate at two clinical sites (The Buffett Cancer Center and Village Point) as per the clinical schedule of the faculty with whom they are working with. Residents have pursued away rotations, attended international conferences, and obtained concurrent education (MBA) sponsored by the department. While some of our residents have been recognized for proliferative and quality research (research track) or education at the local and national level (education track), others have focused on achieving unsurpassed clinical expertise (clinical track). Allowing physicians to follow their passion is essential to the success of our residency program and in avoiding burnout throughout a career.

From the Program Director:
Andrew Wahl, MD, Associate Professor

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We strive to find a balance between clinical responsibility and academic pursuits without compromising the quality of resident education. In my opinion, our educational curriculum far surpasses minimal residency requirements in terms of caseloads, research opportunity, and didactic quality. The curriculum is constantly undergoing revision based on resident feedback and current needs/interests of participants. Residents work in an environment focused on high quality learning opportunities rather than clinical servitude. By providing adequate clinical and administrator support, not allowing resident cross-coverage of faculty, leveraging a faculty lead didactic curriculum, and promoting self-directed resident educational activities we demonstrate our focus on quality education while maintaining an appropriate work-life balance. Our residents have each made lasting contributions to our department through quality improvement, research, and clinical commitment.

From the Department Chair:
Charles Enke, MD FASTRO, Professor, Department Chair

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In 2010, we started our radiation oncology residency program because of a strong and unanimous desire within our department to educate the rising generation of radiation oncologists. Furthermore, we identified a desperate need for quality radiation oncologists in our region of the country. I value our residency program as a central aspect of the strategic direction of the department. Each faculty hired or capital investment purchased has been calculated to contribute to the educational mission of our program. In turn, our residents have each made lasting contributions to our department through their unique and diverse talents. Our educational focus greatly exceeds training adequate radiation oncologists, instead we are training future leaders in the field. For example, our resident brachytherapy training is designed to equip our residents with the skills to implement new brachytherapy service lines in their future departments. I have enjoyed watching the accomplishments of our residents during their training and into their careers.

 From the Vice Chair of Reserach:
Chi Lin, MD, PhD, Professor

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Radiation oncology is a field well known for and passionate about quality research. The Buffett Cancer Center provides unequal opportunity for collaborative research between the bench and the clinic. We have three radiation oncology physician scientists who magnify this stewardship. Additionally, each of our faculty are involved in clinical research. We help residents grow in their research prowess according to their interests and talents. Each resident has opportunity to take 6 to 9 months of elective research rotations, present at conferences both domestically and internationally, and contribute to investigator initiated trials within the department. Our residents have not only collaborated across the cancer center but across the world in pushing forward the field of radiation oncology.

From the an Alumni:
Michael Baine, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

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My experience as a resident at UNMC exceeded my expectations for academic opportunity, work-life balance, and preparation for the future. My goal has always been to join an academic institution as a physician scientist where I can develop a collaborative research program that brings my work in the lab directly to the clinic. Throughout my residency I felt that I was pushed to excellence yet always treated as a valuable member of the team. When it came time for interviews, I had opportunities to interview across the country at high quality academic centers. I interviewed at 5 sites and received 4 contracts in a very tight job market. UNMC was my ideal position, and I was happy to stay. The early career as a radiation oncologist can be difficult, however, my residency experience gave me confidence in independent patient management. I have no regrets about my choice to join UNMC as a resident and continue now as a faculty.