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Program Information

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Radiation Oncology residents at UCSF rotate through Mt. Zion Medical Center and Moffitt/Long Hospital. By car or by shuttle, they are within approximately 20 minutes of each other. Exposure to the combination of varied attending staff and diversified clinical exposure at these sites contributes enormously to the breadth and depth of education of our residents. As a result, our residents have the opportunity to study areas of radiation oncology which may not all be available elsewhere, including Gamma Knife radiosurgery, intraoperative radiotherapy, high-dose rate brachytherapy, permanent brachytherapy, and intensity modulated radiotherapy.


Four years of United States medical education or an ECFMG certification (for graduates of foreign medical schools).

A preliminary one-year internship in medicine, surgery or a transitional year at an accredited institution is required prior to beginning radiation oncology training.

Possession of a California medical license by the end of the first year of Radiation Oncology residency training.


Clinical rotations are one or two calendar months long. In general, residents work one-on-one with an attending physician for one or two months at a time and they work with each attending physician approximately twice during the four-year residency. The American Board of Radiology requires Radiation Oncology residents to spend at least 36 months on clinical Radiation Oncology electives. Other rotations generally include one month of dosimetry/treatment planning and two months of diagnostic radiology, mini-fellowships and/or research time.

Learning Experience / Didactics

Our residents are important to us and we are committed to outstanding teaching at all levels of resident training. There are courses in Radiobiology and Physics specifically for first-year residents as well as twice-monthly Radiobiology or Physics lectures for all residents. Residents attend daily, hospital-based didactic sessions. These are held Monday through Friday at 8 AM. Many sub-specialty sections offer their own “one-on-one” teaching sessions in addition to the didactic sessions for all residents.

The educational experience is also strengthened by the participation of attending and resident physicians in a number of multidisciplinary clinics and multidisciplinary tumor boards. Also, many sub-specialty sections offer their own “one-on-one” teaching sessions.

Current and Former Residents

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Application Process

The Department of Radiation Oncology annually matches 3-4 positions in Radiation Oncology which are based at Mission Bay, Mt. Zion Medical Center and Parnassus Hospital. The Radiation Oncology Residency is a four-year program leading to board eligibility in Radiation Oncology. We generally receive over 150 applications each year and offer interviews to 20-30 applicants. Interviews begin in December and last through the first week of February.

Applications will be accepted via ERAS only. Our application deadline is October 31.

IMPORTANT, please read: 

Match 2021_Sample_Agreement_Appointment_Letter.pdf

For specific application instructions, please visit the ERAS website: http://www.aamc.org/

Required application materials include:

  1. Common Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Medical School Transcripts
  4. USMLE Scores
  5. ECFMG Report (foreign medical graduates only)
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation
  7. Dean’s Letter

Program Director: Steve Braunstein, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Program Manager: Miriam Gray,
University of California, San Francisco
Department of Radiation Oncology
Phone: 415-514-2345

For additional information, please contact the Program Manager

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