University of Rochester (HDR GYN and HDR Prostate)

Our Facility:

The Department of Radiation Oncology at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute has a long history of providing outstanding cancer care with leading-edge radiation treatment technology, incorporating sophisticated medical physics, and advanced knowledge in cancer and radiation biology to serve the Greater Rochester community. 

We have a robust brachytherapy program with a dedicated HDR brachytherapy suite located at Highland Hospital Radiation Oncology.

Fellowship Description:

This fellowship is designed to instruct the trainees in the standard techniques of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy for prostate and gynecological cancer. We will provide individualized instruction tailored to the level of the trainee’s prior experience and expectations.

Case volume:

On average, we perform about 300 to 350 HDR cases annually at our facility (at least 50% of cases are for prostate cancer).

Resident Expectations and Learning Objectives:


•    Training will include participating in new-patient consults and post-HDR brachytherapy follow-ups for prostate cancer and gynecological cancer

•    Trainees will participate in brachytherapy (utilizing ultrasound-based real-time planning for prostate cancer, and MRI/CT-based planning for gynecological cancer). 

•    Schedules

·     Approximately 7:30 am – 4:30 pm each day.

  • Monday: prostate HDR implants, prostate volume studies
  • Tuesday: gynecological HDR implants, new-patient consults, prostate volume studies, follow-ups, physics
  • Wednesday: new-patient consults, follow-ups, physics, research
  • Thursday: prostate HDR implants, new-patient consults, follow-ups, research
  • Friday: gynecological HDR implants, new-patient consults, follow-ups, physics

Learning objectives

•    Understand the indications and contraindications for HDR brachytherapy for prostate and gynecological cancer  

•    Understand the technical and clinical aspects of HDR brachytherapy

·    Familiar with the workflow of HDR brachytherapy

·    Appreciate the roles of each team member in the treatment process

·    Understand dosimetric constraints for normal tissues

·    Understand dose and fractionation schema for different disease

·    Understand the clinical outcomes and acute/late toxicity of HDR brachytherapy

•    Have an opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects within our department. Opportunities include data collection, abstract/manuscript writing focusing on implant quality and quality of life outcomes

ABS Fellowship Application: University of Rochester, HDR GYN and HDR Prostate

Accepting Applications