Medical Oncology is an exciting career choice. In the past decade this subspecialty has rapidly expanded in scope, reflecting major advancements in clinical and basic science research. This translates into an increasing demand for medical oncologists across Canada and opens the door for diverse professional opportunites in the academic realms of clinical and translational research, medical education, administration and public health policy.
In addition to training residents as clinicians, our program provides them with a solid grounding in the principles of the basic and clinical science of oncology and the ability to tailor the program to their career aspirations.
Three years core training in Internal Medicine (PGY1-3).
Two-Year Program consisting of 26 (four-week) Blocks:
- 13 Blocks - General medical oncology in a structured "team-based" approach to provide exposure to common and rare solid tumours
- 3 Blocks - Lymphoproliferative disorders
- 2 Blocks - Radiation oncology
- 1 Block - Palliative Care
- 1Block - Gynecologic Oncology including Hereditary Cancer Program
- 6 Blocks - Electives
Please note Medical Oncology Clinical and Posgraduate Fellowship training is separate from the subspecialty medical oncology residency (PGY-4/PGY-5) program. Fellows will have already completed a medical oncology residency. Inquiries directed to the program administrator and program director of medical oncology will be forwarded to potential fellowship supervisors in the faculty.
- Be expected to learn the fundamental principles of the basic and clinical science of oncology including etiology, molecular biology, diagnosis, staging, natural history, treatment goals, evaluation of response and practical aspects of systemic therapy.
- Be expected to interpret laboratory and imaging studies and demonstrate an ability to manage common neoplasms and complications.
- Develop experience in routine procedures including marrow biopsy, lumbar puncture with intrathecal therapy, thoracentesis, paracentesis and the use of needle aspiration. Develop experience with common examination techniques during the radiation and gynecology rotations, particularly ENT and pelvic exams.
- Critically appraise and interpret medical oncology literature.
- Identify a clinical research project.
- Learn practical aspects of radiation oncology as it relates to medical oncology, including modality interaction.
- Be able to outline the roles of curative, adjuvant and palliative radiotherapy and radiotherapy planning.
- Develop a more in-depth understanding of the basic and clinical science underlying medical oncology and the principles involved in the management and treatment of malignant diseases.
- Develop consultative skills and long-range management planning.
- Understand the role of hospital and community-based palliative care programs.
- Take a peer leadership role in the training program with supervision of junior trainees.
- Learn the basics of stem cell transplantation, hematologic supportive care and infectious complications.
- Apply basic principles of clinical research, literature interpretation and complete and submit a research project for presentation and publication.
- Structure electives to focus on career path (community or academic). Residents who are interested in an academic career can use this time to set the groundwork for a fellowship program in basic, translational or clinical oncology.
Residents are expected to undertake at least one clinical research project.
Our resources include several large clinical databases linked to outcomes, close affiliation with molecular pathologists and broad participation in clinical trials.
The residency training committee will help residents identify appropriate topics so that projects can be started early in the program, allowing sufficient opportunity for presentations and publications.