Department of Radiation Oncology

Residency Applicant Information

"Our educational philosophy is fundamentally rooted in the goal of providing our residents with all of the necessary tools to become successful future leaders in Radiation Oncology.  Clinical diversity and academic flexibility are key elements in our residency training program.  Residents are exposed to a diverse spectrum of patient cases, ranging from the basic “bread and butter” to the complex “outside the box” cases, all while gaining knowledge and hands-on skills in various technologies, including IMRT, SBRT, and proton therapy.  Residents have the ability to customize their research experiences in the department, from a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology or Health Services Research to basic science research through the Holman Pathway, just to name a few.  We ascribe to an apprenticeship model of teaching, and emphasize the importance of one-to-one pairings of attendings and residents to optimize the quality of clinical rotations and to facilitate mentorship."


- Neha Vapiwala, MD and Sam Swisher-Mcclure, MD

  • PENN Radiation Oncology (clinical site)
  • We participate in ERAS. As part of the residency application process, candidates applying to our program are required to submit one letter of recommendation from their medical school's department of medicine, either from the Department Chair or Clerkship Director. We expect a total of 3-4 recommendation letters as part of your application.
  • Please note, we are a categorical program, therefore, you are required to complete your internal medicine intern year at Penn. A separate interview with the Department of Medicine is not required.
  • The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine states that in order to renew your Medical Training License after the completion of your PGY-1 year, you must show proof of having passed part III of the National Boards. You must have the USMLE results available for your MT renewal. It is your responsibility to register to take part III of the National Boards. If you fail to do so or do not pass the exam, we reserve the option to reevaluate your status in our program.
  • Applications are due October 15th.

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