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Clinical Research Radiation Oncology Fellowships - BC Cancer

2023/2024 Clinical Research Radiation Oncology Fellowships

BC Cancer and University of British Columbia – Radiation Therapy Program

Application deadline: August 15, 2022

 

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

 

BC Cancer manages a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia. It operates six regional cancer centres in Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George, Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria. Clinical Research Fellowships are available at each of the six centres.

 

While all centres are focused on training fellows to deliver excellent clinical care, the focus in research varies by centre and may be tailored to the interests of the fellow, as indicated in the table below. In the past, fellows have successfully led projects examining RT technical innovations, including brachytherapy and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, and capitalized on the availability of provincial data resources to complete population-based outcomes evaluation projects.

 

Abbotsford

SRS, SBRT, prostate/gyne brachytherapy outcomes research and quality improvement. Program will be tailored to meet individual needs.

Kelowna

A Clinical and Research Brachytherapy Fellowship including both LDR and US-planned HDR prostate incorporating mpMRI for treatment planning and QA, MR-planned intracavitary and interstitial gynecologic brachytherapy and LDR breast

Prince George

SABR for metastatic disease, Patient Reported Outcomes, Health Services Delivery Research, Head & Neck Cancer

Surrey

Will tailor research projects based on candidate’s desired disease sites. New stereotactic expansion in liver stereotactic radiation will allow candidate to work on setting up a stereotactic program and on outcomes research with oligometastases, prostate, brain and liver.

Vancouver

Precision radiotherapy (SBRT, SABR, developmental RT), prostate/gyne brachytherapy, operations research, cancer outcomes (breast, prostate, lymphoma, CNS), quality assurance, palliative care, patient decision aids, medical education as well as site specific fellowships (e.g. head and neck cancer)

Victoria

Prostate brachytherapy, Stereotactic Ablative radiotherapy (brain and body, including Liver), Breast cancer, site specific fellowships and Outcomes Research.

 

Fellowship candidates must be physicians who will have completed training in Radiation Oncology suitable to practice as a specialist in their home country and have demonstrated ability in basic or clinical research as evidenced in their CV. Fellows must be eligible to obtain an educational license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

 

English proficiency is an important criterion for the educational license and the College currently requires a candidate to demonstrate their English proficiency by obtaining a score of at least 7 in each of the components of the academic IELTS test. Provision of such evidence of English proficiency will be required if the primary language of their medical education was not English. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have successfully completed an English Language Proficiency test before applying, if one is required per College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia.

 

Preference is given to candidates who completed their residency in radiation oncology within the last 3 years.

 

Candidates should be looking for a one- or possibly two-year opportunity. The selected candidates will be expected to divide their time between clinical activities and research. Fellows will be registered as post-graduate trainees with the University of British Columbia (UBC).

 

Prior to applying to individual preceptors, all non-Canadian Radiation Oncology resident candidates MUST first contact Aida Castro-Chan to confirm their eligibility.

 

Applications to our fellowship programs are provincially coordinated. Eligible applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae, contact information for 3 references, and cover letters for each of the BC Cancer Centres they wish to apply to. All documents should be submitted to Aida Castro-Chan, who will forward relevant documents to the respective fellowship directors: Aida Castro-Chan: acastro@bccancer.bc.ca

 

Further information about specific opportunities available at each centre can be obtained by contacting one or more of the following fellowship directors. For general questions about UBC/BC Cancer Fellowship, Robert Olson, Division Head, can be contacted (see below in Prince George).

Abbotsford               Dr. Waseem Sharieff     waseem.sharieff@bccancer.bc.ca

Kelowna                                Dr. Juanita Crook                   jcrook@bccancer.bc.ca

Prince George           Dr. Robert Olson                        rolson2@bccancer.bc.ca

Surrey                                   Dr. Winkle Kwan                     wkwan@bccancer.bc.ca

Vancouver               Dr. Peter Lim                             plim@bccancer.bc.ca

Victoria                                 Dr. Theodora Koulis                theodora.koulis@bccancer.bc.ca

BC Cancer will fund up to five fellowship positions in the province in the 2023-2024 fellowship year. Applicants are encouraged to discuss named fellowship opportunities (e.g. CARO/Elekta) with potential supervisors as well as funding for combined fellowship and advanced degree opportunities such as the Clinical Educator Fellowship Program through the Centre for Health Education Scholarship (http://ches.med.ubc.ca/programs/).

For more information about BC Cancer, please visit the website at: www.bccancer.bc.ca

BC Cancer is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority which is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit.  We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.