Manpower Issues in Radiation Oncology in Canada and its Effect on Residents

Please consider taking the time to participate in this important study regarding Radiation Oncology residency and the current job market.






Dear colleagues,

We are conducting a qualitative analysis on the impact of the current job market on radiation oncology resident’s quality of life.

The Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada recently published an employment study that suggests newly trained radiation oncologists within Canada are having difficulties finding staff positions. The status of the job market is regularly evaluated and presented at the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology annual scientific meeting by the Manpower and Standards of Care Committee. The impact of the status of the job market on resident well-being, however, is rarely formally evaluated or presented.

We would like to assess your opinion on the manpower issues affecting our discipline. In particular, we would like to know what you think are possible contributors to the current situation, and if you foresee any solutions; what impact, if any, does the job-market have on your personal and professional well-being, and how does your training program approach dealing with this situation?

Your participation in this study will be entirely voluntary and responses will be kept entirely anonymous. Informal interviews will be held over the telephone or by video-conference by Shilo Lefresne or Josh Giambattista, and should take 30-40 minutes.

In order to enrich the quality of this study, we would like to include as many PGY-1’s through PGY-5’s with Canadian citizenship across the country as possible. If you are interested in participating, please see the consent form attached to this e-mail and contact Shilo Lefresne at


We look forward to hearing from you and thank-you for your consideration.




Dr Rob Olson (Principal Investigator)

Dr Shilo Lefresne

Dr Josh Giambattista

Dr Shaun Loewen

Dr Hannah Carolan



Study Consent Form 4 May 2014 v3.0 (1)

Research Study Description 14 Jan 2013 v1 0 (1)