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Research - Radiation Oncology at MedStar Georgetown

Residents have the option of taking up to 11 months of research time, which has generally been taken during the PGY-4/PGY-5 years. A resident's specific needs for research time will be accommodated as best as possible. This dedicated research time is separate from the Holman Pathway. Residents have the option of using all or part of these 11 months to take elective clinical rotations if so desired. Residents also generally use this time to work on additional clinical research projects.

The Department of Radiation Medicine includes the divisions of radiation physics and radiation biology, whose faculty are engaged in funded research and graduate teaching. Resident research may be conducted with guidance from these faculty members or in partnership with one of the institutions in the Georgetown University Medical Center. These include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute for Health Care Research and Policy, and the Center for Bioethics. Past residents have also worked with the basic science laboratories affiliated with Georgetown University. Resident projects may be in basic, translational or clinical research. Prior residents have participated in projects in radiobiology, radiation physics, drug development and population health. A resident's salary during the research months will be covered by the Graduate Medical Education Office, and additional funds can be obtained through a combination of grants, departmental funds and laboratory funds. The core facilities that are available include animals, biostatistics and bioinformatics, clinical data management, microscopy, tissue culture, proteomics and metabolomics, histopathology, flow cytometry, clinical and molecular epidemiology, and a cancer registry.