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Residency Program

Overview

The Department of Radiation Oncology’s medical residency program is among the longest running of its kind in the country and provides trainees with the clinical and procedural skills necessary to become competent and compassionate radiation oncologists. Our medical residents work in tandem with attending faculty, medical physicists and medical physics residents to pursue research interests and translate these findings to enhance care delivery.  

Meet the faculty

Mission

Our mission is to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical radiation oncology, medical physics, cancer biology and research.

We do this by caring for the diverse population in our immediate area and beyond through innovation in service, research and education.  

The radiation oncology residency program:

  1. Educates residents to be clinically well prepared to practice radiation oncology in academic, hospital or community-based practices.
  2. Provides residents a fundamental understanding of evidence-based medicine to prepare them for board exams. 
  3. Develops proficient brachytherapy techniques that will prepare them for a career in procedural radiation oncology.
  4. Expands residents’ understanding of research to develop skills that will allow for publication and presentation of results. 

Curriculum

Before beginning rotations, incoming PGY-2 residents will participate in the Introductory Radiation Oncology Curriculum (IROC) to prepare for clinical duties.

They remain under the guidance of our attendings during the entirety of their training, with gradually increasing expectations of responsibility.

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Residents complete three-month block rotations in the following core disease sites:

  • Head and Neck
  • Gastrointestinal / Gynecological
  • Breast
  • Central Nervous System
  • Pediatrics 
  • Genitourinary / Prostate
  • Thoracic

Additionally, each resident completes rotations at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center. 

Residents gain exposure to a broad spectrum of oncology patients and their treatments, including the following:

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  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT)
  • Four-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (4D CRT)
  • Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH)
  • Total body irradiation (TBI) 
  • Low-dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy for prostate malignancies
  • High-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy for breast, gynecologic and prostate malignancies
  • Brachytherapy for other malignancies including sarcoma, skin and gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Pediatrics
  • LDR brachytherapy for pancreatic cancer 

In addition to core rotations, residents have the opportunity to supplement their pediatrics training with a one-month rotation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric malignancies.

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Didactics

Resident training includes dedicated, structured and protected education time. Resident and faculty lead these sessions, which include hands-on workshops, case presentation and discussion, guest speakers and visiting professors.

[View Image]Radiation physicists and radiation biologists teach formal curriculum throughout the year, and guest speakers from other departments and divisions bring interdisciplinary education to didactics.

Residents are also expected to attend specialty-specific tumor board reviews, journal club, morbidity and mortality conferences and quality assurance peer review chart rounds.  

Additionally, our residents prepare for the oral board exam with an annual mock version of the test. Each resident completes a simulated oral board day, going through various clinical cases in each of the core disease sites tested on the official oral exam. Residents have the chance to acclimate to the setting, and receive feedback and continual preparation leading up to oral boards.  

Research Opportunities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Resident Research Committee, residents will spend six months in a research rotation in clinical oncology, medical physics or radiobiology.

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Residents spend six months on research rotations with the possibility to extend. Project results should be suitable for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly journals or presentations at scientific meetings and conferences.  

Resident Life

A healthy work-life balance

While our residents work and train, we encourage them to maintain a healthy work-life balance and take advantage of the many activities the Richmond area has to offer. Outdoor adventures like hiking and whitewater rafting are available right here in the city along with museums, a thriving arts scene, live music, craft breweries and cideries, local restaurants boasting national accolades and an abundance of southern charm. Richmond is also situated within a short drive to the beach, the mountains and Washington, D.C., making daytrips and weekend excursions easily accessible.  Learn more about Richmond

Resident Recruitment

The Department of Radiation Oncology participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

medical residents wearing masks [View Image]Eligibility requirements are available in the GME Resident Eligibility and Selection document. Applicants must submit materials through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and interviews will be scheduled for November and December. All interviews will be conducted virtually for the upcoming season.

All residents must have completed a clinical PGY-1 in an accredited graduate medical education program.

Contract and benefit information

Current Residents

Meet our current Radiation Oncology Clinical Residency Program residents

PGY - 5

Anthony Ricco, M.D. [View Image]

Anthony Ricco, M.D.

Chief Resident

Anthony Ricco, M.D. [View Image]

Anthony Ricco, M.D.

Chief Resident

Radiation Oncology

BS - Science, Pennsylvania State University
MD - Jefferson Medical College
Internship - Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Joshua Dault, M.D. [View Image]

Joshua Dault, M.D.

Chief Resident

Joshua Dault, M.D. [View Image]

Joshua Dault, M.D.

Chief Resident

Radiation Oncology

BA - Political Science, University of West Florida
MS - Computer Science/Software Engineering, University of West Florida
MD - Florida State University College of Medicine
Internship - Preliminary Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

PGY - 4

David Cooper, M.D. [View Image]

David Cooper, M.D.

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

David Cooper, M.D. [View Image]

David Cooper, M.D.

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Radiation Oncology

BS - Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee
MD - University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Internship - Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee

Bridget Quinn, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Bridget Quinn, M.D., Ph.D.

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Bridget Quinn, M.D., Ph.D. [View Image]

Bridget Quinn, M.D., Ph.D.

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Radiation Oncology

BS - Biology, Loyola University in Maryland
Research Tech - Fox Chase Cancer Center
MD, PhD - Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Internship – Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

PGY - 3

Raj Singh, M.D. [View Image]

Raj Singh, M.D.

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Raj Singh, M.D. [View Image]

Raj Singh, M.D.

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Radiation Oncology

BS - Economics, Duke University
MD - Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Internship - Mather Hospital, Northwell Health

PGY - 2

Reed McDonagh, MD, PhD [View Image]

Reed McDonagh, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Reed McDonagh, MD, PhD [View Image]

Reed McDonagh, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Radiation Oncology

BS – Physics in Medicine, University of Notre Dame
MD, PhD - Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Internship – Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Ross Taylor, MD [View Image]

Ross Taylor, MD

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Ross Taylor, MD [View Image]

Ross Taylor, MD

Radiation Oncology Clinical Resident

Radiation Oncology

BS – Biology and Biomedical Physics, College of Charleston, South Carolina
MD – University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Internship – Prisma Health, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia

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Contacts

Emma C. Fields, MD [View Image]

Emma C. Fields, MD

Program Director

Emma C. Fields, MD [View Image]

Emma C. Fields, MD

Program Director

Radiation Oncology

Twitter: @emmacfields

Email: Emma.Fields@vcuhealth.org

Jo Lombardi [View Image]

Jo Lombardi

Program Coordinator

Jo Lombardi [View Image]

Jo Lombardi

Program Coordinator

Radiation Oncology

Email: Juana.Lombardi@vcuhealth.org

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