RESIDENT RESEARCH

Our Residency Program offers an entire year dedicated to research, something not available at many other residency programs. We feel strongly that an entire year is necessary given the need for learning many new skills, approaches and techniques. Moreover, a meaningful project can not be accomplished in less time. Residents interested in pursuing additional time for research are welcome to be considered for the Holman Pathway

Prior to their Research Year, Residents select a Faculty Mentor, either one of the RMAS Research faculty in the Center for Precision Radiation Medicine or a faculty member outside of the Department.

Spotlight on Resident Research Year

Minh-Phuong Huynh-Le MD (Class of 2020)

Project 1: Attention and Processing Speed Decline after Brain Radiotherapy—Correlated with Imaging Biomarkers from a Prospective Study
Project 2: Evaluation of a polygenic hazard score for prediction of lifetime risk of aggressive

Jeff Burkeen MD (Class of 2019)

Pilot Study of Image-Guided Memory Structure Sparing in Brain Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Faculty Mentor:
Jona Hattangadi-Gluth MD

Andrew Bruggeman MD (Class of 2019)

Integration of Palliative Care into the Radiation Oncology Clinic
Faculty Mentor:
Jim Murphy MD

Dan Seible MD (Class of 2019)

Hispanic Outcomes by Language Approach (HOLA): Prospective randomized trial measuring impact of language concordance on patient-centered outcomes
Faculty Mentor:
Jim Murphy MD

Christene Feng MD (Class of 2021)

Project 1: Characterization of Pelvic Lymph Node Regions Using Advanced Diffusion Imaging
Project 2: Disparities in Cervical Cancer Brachytherapy Utilization in San Diego County

Lucas Vitzthum MD (Class of 2020)

A Competing Event Model to Identify Patients Benefiting from Treatment Intensification
Faculty Mentor:
Loren Mell MD

Chris Straka MD (Class of 2020)

Leveraging accessible technology to improve patient outcomes
Faculty Mentor:
Jim Murphy MD

Residents are encouraged during their research year to apply for internal and external Grants. While obtaining funding is not required for the research year, applying for a grant is a great educational experience and securing a grant is a great addition to one’s CV which is helpful during the job search and start of an academic career.

Spotlight on Resident Grants

Center for Precision Radiation Medicine

(CPRM)
Chris Straka MD
Minh-Phuong Huynh-Le MD
Jeff Burkeen MD
Andrew Bruggeman MD

American Society for Clinical Oncology

(ASCO)
Andrew Bruggeman MD
Lucas Vitzthum MD
Anthony Paravati MD MBA
Kaveh Zakeri MD

Radiological Society of North America

(RSNA)
Andrew Bruggeman MD
Lucas Vitzthum MD
Anthony Paravati MD MBA
Kaveh Zakeri MD


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