The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Residency Program in Radiation Oncology

Our residency program, which was established in 1982, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for six residents. 

We strongly value resident wellness and provide residents with individualized learning and research opportunities to meet their long-term career goals.  

Read a letter from the Program Director

Read a letter from the Chairman, Radiation Medicine

Rotations and curriculum

  • Clinical rotations, which occur in three-month blocks, offer the resident an opportunity to follow the same patient from initial consultation through simulation, treatment planning, treatment delivery, and initial follow-up.
  • Residents will take each MedStar Georgetown rotation at least once, and generally take the Clinton and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center rotations twice, during the course of their residency.
  • All residents take a radiobiology course through the Georgetown University Graduate School during the fall of their PGY-2 academic year.
  • Residents will be eligible to participate in 6-12 months of dedicated, continuous research during their PGY-4 academic year.
  • An intensive one-month course in physics and dosimetry is offered during the first month of resident’s PGY-2 academic year.
  • Didactics include weekly lectures in physics and disease specific sub-sites throughout the year.
  • Away rotations are supported by the department.
  • The department supports travel to national conferences.

Medial student rotations

We are currently unable to accept students for in-person rotations.  Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for students who do not have a radiation oncology residency program at their home institution.

We will be offering a virtual two-week elective for credit for those students who are still interested in our program. The elective will give students the opportunity to:

  1. Attend all departmental conferences
  2. Work one-on-one with faculty and residents
  3. Attend multi-disciplinary case conferences
  4. Participate in new patient visits and follow-up visits with attending and resident physicians through Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s online HIPAA platform
  5. Present a disease specific topic at the end of the rotation

Applications will be accepted through the Visiting Students Learning Opportunities (VSLO) website.

Rotations

Our affiliates

Residents will rotate through three centers in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, with the majority of their rotations located at our main site in the Department of Radiation Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Our other sites include the Radiation Oncology Department at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the MedStar Radiation Treatment Center at Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Maryland. All sites are managed by MedStar Health, a nonprofit healthcare organization serving the Washington D.C. and Maryland region. 

Among these three sites, residents will be exposed to both academic and private practices with suburban, urban, and rural patient populations. They’ll also participate in institutional and collaborative group research protocols

Technology

Residents will graduate with experience in a wide range of technologies, including:

  • Mevion S250I Proton Therapy system
  • Cyberknife Radiosurgery system
  • Zap-X Radiosurgery system
  • Varian systems including Halcyon and EDGE
  • HDR and LDR brachytherapy
  • Dual energy CT simulator
  • Treatment planning in Raystation, MIM, Varian Eclipse and Accuray Precision

Application information

Interested in applying?

Contact us

Please contact our residency coordinator, program director, or associate program director for any additional information.

Senit Hailemariam
Residency Program Coordinator

202-444-4036

202-444-3786

senit.t.hailemariam@gunet.georgetown.edu

Keith Unger, MD
Residency Program Director

202-444-9676

KXU2@gunet.georgetown.edu

Sonali Rudra, MD
Associate Program Director

202-444-1269

Sonali.Rudra@gunet.georgetown.edu