ASTRO Rocks: Career Negotiations in Academic Radiation Oncology

Date: July 17, 2024
Time: 4:00-5:15 p.m. Eastern time

In this Research-Oriented Career Knowledge and Support (ROCKS) web session, we will hear about career negotiations in academic radiation oncology from five successful researchers within academic radiation oncology departments.  We will learn about how and when to negotiate to advance your career and research interests.  The discussion will cover initiating career / contract discussions with department leadership, what to expect in a contract, and what terms are commonly negotiated.  We will hear from leaders in the field about their practical experience both negotiating their initial contract and subsequent contracts.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Matching department goals with your goals
  • Ensuring appropriate career development/advancement
  • Gathering information for negotiations (benchmarks; internal and external) for salary; grant
  • Clinical workload discussions and minimizing extra or unwanted clinical work (eg, outreach sites or extra coverage)
  • Adequate support staff for research and clinical time
  • Interviewing for other positions
  • Leveraging job offers for counter-offers
  • When to relocate

This activity is available from July 17, 2024, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 16, 2027.

Target Audience

The target audience is anyone interested in academic career development.  This includes residents, fellows, and junior faculty in radiation oncology and medical physics.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Increase understanding of how and when to negotiate to advocate for your career.
  • Describe how protected research time is achieved at an academic institution.
  • Understand how to select disease site / modalities to align with your research interests.
  • Gain practical insights as to timing and content of contract negotiations.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Certificate of Attendance
    This activity was designated for 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Course opens: 
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  • Neil Pfister, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Nana Yeboa, MD, Associate Professor, MDAnderson Cancer Center


  • Carmen Bergom, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Washington University of Medicine
  • Vinita Takiar, MD, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Gaorav Gupta, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nicholas Zaorsky, MD, UH Seidman Cancer Center
  • Sarah Hoffe, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education to physicians.

ASTRO is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology to provide SA-CME as part of Part II Maintence of Certification. 

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Certificate of Attendance
    This activity was designated for 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


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The course and its materials will only be available on the ASTRO website for that 3 year period regardless of purchase date. At the expiration of the qualification, participants will no longer have access to the course or its materials. ASTRO reserves the right to remove a course before the end of its qualification period.



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