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Curriculum

Taking medical oncology from strong foundation to special interest

In your first year of the medical oncology residency, you’ll complete a number of core rotations, gaining a strong foundation in medical oncology. In the second year, you’ll build on that foundation by participating in selectives and research activities that let you explore your interest in various tumour sites.

Throughout the course of the training, you’ll be expected to assume increasingly greater responsibilities including on-call, and managing patients from initial consultation through treatment and follow-up.

As a medical oncology resident, you will take part in:

  • weekly tumor site group meetings (breast, GI, head & neck, thoracic, hematology, GU, and musculoskeletal)
  • weekly grand rounds
  • monthly journal clubs and research meetings
  • weekly academic seminars given by fellows
  • medical oncology academic half-day sessions
  • weekly teaching sessions with rotating residents
  • weekly handover rounds
  • call rounds

Training sites and experiences

Your training will primarily take place at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, and at a number of satellite sites in Nova Scotia.

Division resources include:

  • five inpatient beds
  • a cancer centre with 23 clinic rooms
  • a radiation oncology facility with
    • superficial beam therapy
    • linac (linear accelerator) capabilities
    • CT simulation
    • brachytherapy