Western University – Radiation Oncology – London
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Dr. Joanna Laba

Program Administrator

Margaret Dow

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Western University – Radiation Oncology – London

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Andrew Arifin
I’m currently a PGY-4, chief resident, and occasional office DJ
A big highlight is supportive staff. Attendings are approachable and have a genuine interest in the development of residents. We never feel intimidated to call staff during call or when we have clinical questions. There are many formal and informal opportunities for mentorship. Other highlights are the resident community, and the opportunities available to residents (answered below).
One of the best aspects of our program is the ample opportunities depending on your interest. Staff are generous in involving residents in research projects, including in clinical trial design and collaborative projects across multiple centers. Other opportunities outside of research include medical education and medical leadership
The residents are a close-knit group. Although we don’t work in clinical teams, we often help each other in clinic or research. We have centralized resident rooms that help foster collaboration and community. Outside of work, we (intentionally) hang out with each other, usually involving food and beverages.
There is ample time for personal activities during residency. Personally, I enjoy food (both cooking and eating out) and photography (and posting on Instagram).
Wellness is promoted from the top down. The program doesn’t just promote increased personal resiliency, but also addresses systemic factors leading to increased burnout. We have resident representation on the departmental wellness committee
With mentorship from our division head, I am currently enrolled in the Schulich-Ivey Quality in Healthcare Consultancy, a quality improvement program jointly offered by the medical and business schools at Western. This quality improvement course culminates in a capstone project, which I am hoping will result in meaningful changes for our cancer center!
A big highlight is supportive staff. Attendings are approachable and have a genuine interest in the development of residents. We never feel intimidated to call staff during call or when we have clinical questions. There are many formal and informal opportunities for mentorship. Other highlights are the resident community, and the opportunities available to residents (answered below).

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