What makes CPMC Unique?
Our program prides itself in training our residents in every aspect of radiation oncology while minimizing repetitive tasks that are not integral to learning. We have electronic transcription for every workstation, a dedicated social worker for assistance programs and paperwork, a nutritionist for coordination and counseling, a palliative care physician every Friday to handle chronic pain needs, and an exceptional front desk staff to gather medical records and schedule procedures. Our dosimetrists and physicists are very experienced at contouring normal structures and our radiation therapists have more than a decade of experience. All your time spent at CPMC will be spent talking to patients, treatment planning, and learning.
Attendings function independently
Because all attendings function independently, residents can pick and choose cases they want to see and mix and match cases between physicians. This also allows residents to ramp up or down their caseload depending on their disease sites of interest, concurrent research deadlines, and stress level. Unlike some programs, vacation time can also be taken at any time during the year without restriction. Furthermore, when one resident is on vacation or research, no extra work needs to be passed on. This also incorporates into our learning model as cases that possess little learning value (Stage IA breast cancers, low-risk prostate external beam, etc) do not need to be seen by residents.
All Research is Resident Led
While academic faculty are pressured to publish and write to obtain tenure, our faculty are solely dedicated to treating patients. Thus all research is resident led but all faculty members are glad to mentor residents in their research interests.
Experience in Every Type of practice
While our residents spend at least 2 years at CPMC, which operates as a single-specialty group contracted by a private hospital, our residents get 6 months experience in a public hospital setting (Seton), up to 3 months experience in an HMO, brachytherapy heavy environment (Kaiser Permanente), 2 months in a freestanding solo radiation oncology center, and 1 month at an academic center (UCSF). Elective time can be spent at a particle therapy center, overseas, or in a pediatric medical center.
We Truly Believe in Physician Wellness
Each month CPMC sponsors a resident-wellness event which is up to the residents to plan. Residents usually eat dinner at an upscale restaurant and then go for an outing together such as to a movie, a concert, or miniature golf. Residents are also given an Apple Watch or Samsung Gear and are enrolled in our Strava running club. If all residents meet their fitness targets for the month, an additional wellness event is granted. The goals adapt to each resident to ensure each month is a challenge.