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Program Information

Radiation Oncology residents at UCSF gain exposure to a combination of varied attending staff and diversified clinical exposure. The clinical experience contributes enormously to the breadth and depth of education of our residents. As a result, our residents have the opportunity to study a range of areas in radiation oncology including Gamma Knife radiosurgery, intraoperative radiotherapy, high-dose rate brachytherapy, permanent brachytherapy, hyperthermia, ocular protons, 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.

Residents of the UCSF Radiation Oncology program rotate between 3 treatment campuses: Mt. Zion, Mission Bay, and Parnassus/Long.

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.

week in the life of resident

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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