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Department Website: med.unc.edu/radonc

Faculty Member Contacts

Ted Yanagihara
Assistant Professor
tky@email.unc.edu

Ellen Jones
Clinical Professor, Vice Chair of Radiation Oncology
ellen_jones@med.unc.edu

FAQs / Additional Info

How do students get assigned a career goal advisor?
Contact through any of the faculty or our residency program director.

Do all my rotations need to be in Radiation Oncology?
Most rotations should be in radiation oncology or a related field, such as with medical oncology, palliative care.  Away rotations should probably be within the field.

Should I do an away rotation?  What in?
Yes, within Radiation Oncology.  This is particularly important if you are applying into an area of the country outside of our region.

Do I need a rotation at UNC if I spent my time in Charlotte/Asheville/Wilmington?
This would be very helpful to ensure you have a truly immersive experience within radiation oncology.

When do I need to meet with my career goal advisor?  How do I prepare?
Early and as often as you need.  Everyone has different questions but the most important thing is to start by asking yourself what you do not know about the field.

How many letters of recommendation do I need?  From whom should I get them?
At least three from people who know you well. They do not all have to be from within the field but you should have at least one or two strong letters from within the field. Well-known faculty, including the department chair, are very helpful. Radiation oncology is a small field and chances are good that the people reviewing your application will know your letter writers to some degree and often will have a personal connection to them.

I just got this great piece of news…do I need to notify programs
Yes, keeping programs informed will help you and let the programs know you are interested in them.