CPMC is the tertiary referral center for all Sutter facilities across Northern California whose patients are typically in the higher socio-economic classes. The faculty at CPMC typically see 8-10 new patients a week each.
Seton Medical Center is a public hospital for the peninsula and has a high indigent population with advanced pathology. Unlike San Francisco General Hospital, it has a radiation oncology department. It operates on a relatively low budget with no electronic medical record and older machines/techniques. The faculty at Seton typically see 4-5 new patients a week.
The Kaiser Oakland pediatrics curriculum is longitudinal throughout the research blocks. Whenever a new pediatric patient is seen at Kaiser, the research resident is notified and can meet the patient and help plan the treatment. Kaiser Oakland sees 30-40 new pediatric cases per year.
Our high throughput brachytherapy rotation is at Kaiser Santa Clara where residents perform 1-3 cases per day of high dose rate brachytherapy with Dr. Scala and Wong. Residents can spend 1-2 months here depending on their interest and a housing and/or transportation stipend is provided for the Santa Clara rotation.
The genitourinary rotation with Dr. David Kornguth at Golden Gate Cancer Center gives our residents experience with how prostate-specific, freestanding radiation oncology practices are operated. As a former faculty member at MD Anderson, Dr. Kornguth is an excellent teacher and mentor.
Recommended Clinical Electives
St Mary's Medical Center is a traditionally Catholic hospital with a collegial culture and is our only center where a radiation oncologist operates solo without partners. Here residents learn in a 1-on-1 environment.
St Francis Memorial Hospital is an older hospital with one of two Cyberknife machines in the city. It sees a large Asian population due to its location and contracts with Chinese Hospital and has a higher rate of nasopharyngeal, esophageal, and gastric cancers.
We give our residents significant flexibility in away electives below are the most popular rotations for our residents:
- Scripp's Proton Center, San Diego
- UC San Francisco, San Francisco
- Stanford University, Palo Alto
- Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York City
- St Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis
Housing funding is typically provided for away rotations but we limit the number of non-Core rotations to a total of 3 months.