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Program Highlights

  • Friendly and supportive training environment.
  • Excellent exposure to all of the latest technology (VMAT for most tumor sites, SRS/SBRT, HDR brachytherapy for prostate and gynecologic cancers).
  • Small program size allows us to “individualize” the resident experience.
  • Dedicated and intensive exam preparation for senior residents.
  • Mentorship program which provides resident with staff support with career planning, advice on work/life balance, and academic support.
  • Resident longitudinal clinic which provides the senior resident an opportunity to follow patients before, during, and after treatment. This leads to greater responsibility in decision making and the managerial aspects of clinical work.
  • For several years we have been doing a formalized introductory rotation to Radiation Oncology and a formalized rotation in transition to practice
    Creative electives are encouraged in accordance with the resident’s career goals (brachytherapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, medical education, tumor sites, research, among other topics).
  • Rotation in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety as a senior resident.
  • Residents are fully engaged in all aspects of the administration and leadership of the residency program. Residents have taken the lead in identifying the need for, designing, and implementing new initiatives and other program improvements. We encourage our residents to take on leadership roles.
  • Our department is growing in terms of its support of scholarly activity; there are many opportunities for residents to take on interesting projects of their choosing.
  • We have been innovators in residency training in Radiation Oncology, and have published and presented much of our work nationally and internationally.
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General Information

We are committed to providing the best education possible for our residents. By completion of the program, residents will be well prepared for all aspects of practice in Radiation Oncology. Our graduates have gone on to practice in community and academic environments across Canada and globally.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for Dalhousie University - Radiation Oncology - Halifax.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
$69,867
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
$75,527
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
$80,646
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
$85,988
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
$91,777
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
$97,968
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
$103,870
Gross Annual PGY-8 Salary
$110,897
Educational Leave
Yes
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Call Stipends
Yes
Frequency of Calls
l in 4 in-hospital and for home call
Maternity Leave Top Up After One Year’s Service
eligible for up to a maximum of 17 weeks top-up allowance for maternity/pregnancy leave
Provincial Health Insurance
Yes
Extended Health Insurance
Yes
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
1.30%
CMPA Dues Paid
Yes
Dental Coverage
Yes
Statutory and Floating Holidays
Paid
Long-Term Disability Insurance
66.7% of salary
Life Insurance
$100,000 of insurance
Sick Leave
Yes
Updated June 21, 2023

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Halifax, an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada, is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. A major business centre, it’s also known for its maritime history. The city’s dominated by the hilltop Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850s. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax’s days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812.

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