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Radiation Oncology Residency

We are an accredited 4-year residency training program by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program is a combined effort of the Wake Forest School of Medicine and The North Carolina Baptist Hospital known as Wake Forest Baptist Health System (WFBHS). 

We strive to:

  • Educate and train physicians to become competent and skillful in the practice of radiation oncology
  • Mentor residents in the delivery of compassionate and up-to-date cancer treatments patients in our multidisciplinary environment
  • Strive to involve residents in research endeavors to improve clinical and quality of life outcomes for cancer patients.
  • Nurture and prepare the next generation of thoughtful leaders in the radiation oncology specialty

Program Structure

  • 4 year program (PGY 2-5)
  • Accredited for 7 residents
  • Didactic lectures
  • Multidisciplinary Conferences for resident participation including:
    o    Thoracic Oncology
    o    Head and Neck Cancer
    o    Pediatric Oncology
    o    Radiosurgery
    o    Neuro-Oncology
    o    Genitourinary Oncology
    o    Breast
    o    Melanoma/Sarcoma/Gastrointestinal
  • Internship is required for entry into the program
  • Program consists of a minimum of 36 months of clinical rotations in radiation oncology on the WFBHS medical campus
  • 6 months of research electives
  • 3 months of electives either on the medical campus or external as arranged by the resident
  • Intradepartmental didactic courses in radiation physics and radiation biology


The WFBHS is a 1,187 bed teaching facility that is a tertiary and quaternary referral center and preferred physician referral center for cancer patients in Western North Carolina.  We have a 5 state draw region for patient referrals including North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  We see a wide variety of patients from a wide variety of backgrounds including a substantial number of patients from underserved populations.  Our campus facilities consist of the following:

  • Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Brenner Children's Hospital
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University (NCI accredited)
  • Department of Radiation Oncology 

Training Program Distinctive for Research

Clinical Research Focus includes the areas of

  • Cancer Treatment
  • Complimentary and Alternative Agents
  • Quality of Life
  • Translational (Bench to Bedside)
  • Partnerships for clinical trials with multiple cooperative groups including
    •        NRG
    •        ALLIANCE
    •        COG
    •        CCCWFU
    •        ABTC
  •  We have a cooperative relationship with 18 surrounding institutions as part of our NCORP Research Base
  • Active Radiation Biology program with strong emphasis in translational research

Faculty and Mentoring 

  • 23 faculty including clinical, physics and radiation biology
  • 6 MD faculty from diverse training backgrounds at the WFBHS campus
  • 4 MD faculty at our satellite clinics in Lexington, Elkin and Statesville
  • 10 physicists active in emerging new technologies and imaging techniques

Patient Resources 

  • Approximately 4500 new patient consults per year
  • Approximately 800 treated patients per year
  • Low and High Dose Rate Brachytherapy for multiple disease sites including CNS, Breast, prostate, GYN
  • Gamma Knife and linear accelerator based cranial radiosurgery
  • Extracranial Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery/Radiotherapy
  • 4-D Treatment planning
  • 3-D simulation with CT/PET and MR simulators in the department
  • IMRT and IGRT capability

Physics Information

Physics for Residents  by Dr. William H. Hinson


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Last Updated: 08-12-2016
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