My name is Eric Schaff and I'm currently a PGY-3 here at Henry Ford. I grew up about an hour outside of Detroit and went to Michigan State for medical school. I knew that I wanted to train here after coming for interview day. I remember the interview trail being very stressful and at times very intimidating, but I showed up here for interview day I immediately felt comfortable. Everyone in our department including residents, clinical staff, physics, dosimetry, attendings, and administration are all very helpful and I couldn't ask for a better work culture. We get great training in all our disease sites and have brought in exciting new technology such as the ViewRay of which we will have our second in the new cancer center when it opens in January. Detroit has all the things you would expect from a city including all the major sports teams, great restaurants, bars, breweries, and outdoor recreation in the surrounding area. I love to backpack, mountain bike, ski, paddle board, kayak, and I'm able to do all of those things within a short drive from the city. Overall, I have been very happy with both the program and the city and feel lucky to be here.
"I really enjoy training at the Henry Ford Hospital program. The clinical experience has been great, as we are exposed to a wide variety of pathologies in the clinic which is busy but not overwhelming. Attendings are flexible in terms of giving us appropriate degrees of autonomy based on our levels of training. In addition, there are plenty of research opportunities available in clinical, physics and rad bio projects, with some unique areas such as MR-guided RT, artificial intelligence, and gene therapy. More importantly, the department feels like a family where everyone is very approachable. Detroit is a fun city too with lots of things to explore depending on your interest. Overall, I am very happy with doing my residency here."
The warmth of not just the attendings and residents but also the clinical staff is what distinguishes our department. Everyone in the department, from the therapists to the medical physics team to the department chair, collaborates well and encourages the residents throughout their training.
Our clinical experience is enhanced by seeing a diverse spectrum of patients, using cutting-edge therapy modalities including the ViewRay, MR-Linac, the Varian Edge, and an MRI simulator, and attending intriguing multidisciplinary tumor boards.
If you're going to devote four years of your life to obtaining the necessary training for a future career, you should do so in an environment that fully supports you!
Henry Ford's Radiation Oncology residency training program is extremely appealing to me for many reasons. Among the most prevalent is the fact that each attending provider is deeply involved in furthering resident knowledge of the field while also being very enjoyable to work with. Furthermore, the clinic work schedule is very conducive to providing ample clinical training opportunities while still providing time for furthering of education through reading relevant texts and preparing for program didactics/lectures. Lastly, the program is further strengthened by the fact that it affords its residents the opportunity to see a large patient variety; this can be contributed to the program being based in the downtown Detroit area. Detroit is not only a great place to work for that reason, but the rich history of the city coupled with its improved nightlife activities make it an enjoyable location to live/visit as well.