Precision Radiation Oncology

Fellowship Director: Rahul Parikh, MD

This is a modular 6-month or 12-month radiation oncology fellowship that will offer advanced training in Precision Radiation Oncology.  We refer to this fellowship as modular because the trainee will be able to create 3-month blocks of specialty training in proton beam therapy, high-dose-rate brachytherapy, and/or intracranial and extracranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).  In addition, the fellow may work on a clinical research project in Precision Radiation Oncology under the direction of the Fellowship Director.  This will allow a degree of customization within the fellowship that matches the interest of the trainee. 

Modules

The proton therapy module will allow the fellow to gain experience in the planning of proton therapy cases and learn the principles behind proton beam therapy and treatment planning specifics.  This module will also allow for additional experience in pediatric malignancies, which are frequently treated with proton therapy.  During the brachytherapy module, the fellow may learn how to perform high-dose-rate brachytherapy procedures for the prostate gland, for the GYN tract, and for the treatment of breast cancer.  Additional brachytherapy experiences will include brachytherapy for soft tissue sarcomas and luminal brachytherapy in the esophagus, the bronchi, and the bile ducts.  Within the stereotactic radiosurgery module, the fellow will learn indications and techniques for the treatment of benign and malignant intracranial tumors with single-fraction SRS using the Gamma Knife® Icon™ machine.  In addition, indications for stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for extracranial sites will also be observed and planned by the fellow.  Fellows may also consider a clinical research module where they will learn about study design and implementation including data analyses.

Duration

This is a modular 6-month or 12-month radiation oncology fellowship position. The minimum fellowship period is 6 months.

Eligibility

The prerequisite for this program is the successful completion of an accredited Radiation Oncology Residency program.

Number of Fellows: 1

How to Apply

Nominations will be reviewed by the Precision Radiation Oncology Fellowship Review Committee. Candidates will be notified of the final decision by November 1, 2018.  

Applicant packets should include:

  • A nomination letter from the Department Chair which should include a statement affirming institutional commitment to protected time for the applicant to complete training program

  • A personal statement from the candidate which should address the following:

  • A description of the candidate’s career plan

  • How will this fellowship influence the applicant’s career?

  • A discussion of the specific modules, or clinical research, that the applicant is interested in and how this knowledge will be applied at the home institution at the completion of the fellowship

  • Candidate’s CV following the NIH Biosketch format:  NIH Biosketch: Sample/Instruction Form - grants.nih.gov

Submission Steps

Complete applications should be submitted to Sharda Kohli at kohlish@cinj.rutgers.edu

Deadline

Deadline to submit is no later than September 3, 2018. Please use the subject line below with your submission:

Precision Radiation Oncology Fellowship and provide your contact information. 

Fellows

2017:  Dodul Mondal, MBBS, MD, DNB, All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Contact Information:

Rahul R. Parikh, MD
Associate Professor and Director of Proton Therapy Service
Department of Radiation Oncology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey 
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2681

parikhrr@cinj.rutgers.edu