I'm currently in the process of sifting through the information available on the web on all of the radiation oncology programs, trying to edit the list down to a suitable number of programs to which I will apply. I am intending to apply to most of the programs that are regarded as "top tier". My difficulty lies in trying to distinguish the "middle tier" programs from one another. Half of my applications are likely to go to these programs, and I'd like to make a rational decision (apart from the ever-present geographical considerations) as to which programs I should include. For those of you who have been through the process, what things should I be looking for? Specifically: 1) What sort of patient volume is considered adequate? 2) Is there a minimum "acceptable" level of technology I should look for? (e.g. no IMRT, no application?) I guess these are really the two areas where I could use some advice. I have my own priorities w/r to research, benefits, etc., and I would consider those parameters to be "tie-breakers". I'd just like to be sure that I have a fair assessment of the "nuts and bolts" of these programs before applying these lesser criteria to them. Thanks!