The Washington D.C. metropolitan area has many attractions including museums, parks, performing arts venues as well as an active nightlife. The Georgetown neighborhood is particularly known for its restaurants and shops both on M Street and on the waterfront. Washington D.C. is located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, and it offers diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation. Ranked by U.S.News and World Report as the #1 best city to find a job, it is an important center for health care where crucial policy decisions are debated. Also, the Washington metropolitan area has many major healthcare institutions including the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center that all contribute to the area's reputation as a biomedical center.
Residents in the program will rotate through three centers in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, with the majority of the 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 Joseph E. Coad Radiation Treatment Center in Clinton, Maryland. All of the sites are managed by MedStar Health or its subsidiary RadAmerica — both non-profit healthcare organizations serving the Washington D.C. and Maryland areas. Between these three sites, residents will be exposed to both academic and private practices with suburban, urban and rural patient populations along with participating in various institutional and collaborative group research protocols.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Our central site at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is staffed by attending physicians who spend the majority of their clinical time at the hospital or serve as part-time faculty. The treatment technology located at MedStar Georgetown include two IMRT-capable linear accelerators, including a Varian Trilogy system with cone-beam CT. We also have two CyberKnife® robotic radiosurgery systems with Synchrony respiratory tracking, which are used for stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy. MedStar Georgetown was one of the first hospitals to have a commercial CyberKnife program, and we currently treat a variety of tumor sites under protocol, including lung, prostate, pancreas, liver, head and neck, and brain and spine. Brachytherapy procedures include permanent prostate seed implants, LDR cervical implants and HDR remote afterloader for brachytherapy procedures. Special programs include total body irradiation and total skin irradiation. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB). Resources for laboratory research through Georgetown University or the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center are located on the MedStar Georgetown campus. Our various resident educational conferences are based in our department in MedStar Georgetown, although residents at our other training sites can also participate via videoconference from their respective locations.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Residents will also rotate with the Radiation Oncology Department at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, located less than five miles from MedStar Georgetown. The department is staffed by faculty members. The treatment technology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center include three IMRT-capable linear accelerators, including a Varian Trilogy system with cone-beam CT, as well as a HDR remote afterloader for brachytherapy procedures. MedStar Georgetown's Radiation Oncology Department works closely with the Department of Neurosurgery to operate a Leksell Gamma Knife for stereotactic radiosurgery cases. MedStar Washington Hospital Center is also an active participant in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). The hospital is located adjacent to the National Children's Medical Center where pediatric patients who require radiotherapy are treated either at MedStar Washington Hospital Center or at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, often on Children's Oncology Group (COG) protocols.
Joseph E. Coad Radiation Treatment Center
The Joseph E. Coad Radiation Treatment Center in Clinton, Maryland, is staffed by MedStar Georgetown attending physicians who spend part of their week at this facility. The center is located adjacent to Southern Maryland Hospital, and it is located 18 miles (40 minutes by car) away from Georgetown. The treatment technology available is an IMRT-capable Varian linear accelerator. Residents are given the opportunity at this site to work in a community-based private-practice setting.