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UAMS Announces Arkansas’ First Radiation Oncology Residency Program

By: Ellie Dickinson, UAMS Radiation Oncology Resident Coordinator

Caption: Left: Fen Xia, MD, Radiation Oncology Chair and Residency Program Director; Middle: Thomas Kim, MD, Assistant Residency Program Director; Right: Ellie Dickinson, Residency Coordinator

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), College of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology is excited to announce its accreditation by ACGME to offer the first radiation oncology residency program in the state of Arkansas. This program will offer Arkansas medical students the opportunity to stay in our great state to train and practice, as well as attracting talented medical professionals from across the country.

Radiation oncology residencies are highly sought after. In 2017, there were only 177 positions available nationwide (83 accredited programs) for the 231 students who applied. This means that only 76% of interested medical students matched into this specialty.

The UAMS radiation oncology residency offers an opportunity to train on the most technologically advanced equipment and offer the chance to work with an amazing team of Physicists, Biologists, and Dosimetrists.  Our atmosphere of teamwork doesn’t end there. We have a great group of nurses, staff, and therapists that help make every patients’ experience as easy as possible. We see patients from UAMS, Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. We have partnered with Highland’s Oncology Group, a private clinic in beautiful Northwestern Arkansas, to make ensure that we offer the most well-rounded residency experience as possible.

Since UAMS is Arkansas’s premiere academic medical institute, our residents will have the opportunity to work with residents from other departments, from Tumor Boards to research to patient care. Our Cancer Institute is Arkansas’ only comprehensive cancer treatment and research facility.

All of these reasons make the Radiation Oncology Residency Program at UAMS a truly unique and rewarding experience.

For more information, contact Ellie Dickinson,, 501-526-8831

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