How to Apply
Radiation Oncology Residency Application Requirements and Procedures
All applicants are required to complete a formal application using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Only complete applications will be considered.
Complete applications must be received on or before the published deadline. Application deadline: October 1st of the current academic year (Dean’s letters may be sent after this date, but must be received by November 5)
Specific requirements for a complete application to the Stanford Radiation Oncology Residency Program include:
- A short 1-page autobiographical personal statement explaining your interest in radiation oncology and your future career goals.
- Photograph (does not have to be of professional quality)
- Recent official transcript from all medical schools you have attended prior to application
- Three letters of recommendation, which must include
- A Dean’s letter (or equivalent) from the medical school from which you expect to graduate,
- Letters from at least two members of your medical school faculty or other individuals who are familiar with your research or clinical skills.
- Individuals who have completed more than 3 months of PGY-1 training or other post-graduate medical training must include a reference letter from the Director of Education or Chief of that training institution
Eligibility to be considered for ranking for the NRMP Match Process
In order to be considered a candidate for the NRMP Match in Stanford Radiation Oncology, applicants must:
- have completed an invited interview in our department
- be in good academic standing at their matriculating institution
- completed and passed USMLE 1
- acknowledge by electronic means or written signature that you have read and understand the eligibility requirements for Stanford Radiation Oncology residency training as outlined below, prior to submitting your NRMP rank order list.
Eligibility Requirements to be able to begin Radiation Oncology Residency Training
All eligibility requirements listed below MUST be completed on or before JUNE 30 of the training year. Failure to meet this deadline may invalidate the NRMP match commitment. Delayed starts will not be considered.
Recommendation for appointment completed by the Stanford Radiation Oncology Program Director and submitted to the Graduate Medical Education Office
Note: All recommendations of appointment are subject to review and final approval by the Department of Graduate Medical Education and the Medical Director, Education of Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
Each candidate must be in one of the following categories:
- Graduate of a medical school in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
- Graduate of a college of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Graduate of a medical school outside the United States and Canada who meets one of the following three qualifications.
- Have received a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
- Have an applicant status letter (PTAL) from the Medical Board of California confirming completion of pre-residency requirements.
- Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
- Graduate of a medical school outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
- Have completed all federal, state, and local eligibility requirements to be placed on the Stanford payroll for residency training.
- For non-US citizens, US immigration law requires the candidate to hold the appropriate visa in order to fulfill this requirement.
- Stanford Radiation Oncology only supports the J-1 training visa and does not support the H-1B employment visa or any other visa that is not a J-1 visa. NOTE: Stanford Radiation Oncology only supports the J-1 training visa. If the applicant desires a H-1B employment visa or any other non-training visa, s/he is discouraged from applying to our program.
- For those requiring a J-1 training visa, it is your responsibility to ensure that the process is initiated and completed well before the training start date.
- Have completed PGY-1 training at a clinically-oriented, ACGME-approved program.
- The first year of postgraduate clinical training must be spent in internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, or a transitional-year program.
- This PGY-1 year must include at least nine months of direct patient care in medical and/or surgical specialties other than radiation oncology.
- Cannot have taken no more than a one month break between completion of PGY-1 training and start of radiation oncology residency training
- Hold a full, unrestricted license to practice medicine in California, issued by the California Medical Board Must have initiated the California Medical licensing as outlined on the Stanford GME website by March 1 of the PGY-1 training year.
Stanford University Medical Center is committed to increasing representation of women and members of minority groups in its residency and fellowship training programs and particularly encourages applications from such individuals.
For more information please contact:
Department of Radiation Oncology – Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive, CC-G222
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA 94305-5847
Phone: (650) 724-7673
Fax: (650) 725-8231