residency guide. http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/com/meded/education/residencyselection/radonc.htm I didn't understand what this meant on practical day to day terms. How will this and other cons affect the everyday practice of newly graduated rad oncs. 2. The reliance upon technology will probably result in the further mechanization and technolization of what is currently a primarily clinical "hands on" field. What are the pros of a career in your specialty? 1. Almost exclusively cancer related clinical and scientific work. 2. Most radiation oncologists in smaller practice settings do not specialize in a particular disease system, but work in all areas of the body with the full range of oncology specialists (Gyn-Onc, Med Onc, Nuerosurgery, etc). 3. Close relationship between clinical work and the technological and scientific advances and research in the field 4. Radiation oncology is a procedure-based practice, but depends upon face-to-face patient interaction. What are the cons of a career in your specialty? 1. Radiation Oncology has become a highly technologized field highly dependent upon expensive capital equipment which makes keeping up with the latest advances difficult in some practice settings. 2. The reliance upon technology will probably result in the further mechanization and technolization of what is currently a primarily clinical "hands on" field. 3. Potential stigma associated with radiation. 4. Individual practices depend upon referrals from other specialists. thanks.