Introduction: The Hirsch index (h-index) evaluates citation-based scholarly activity, but has limited ability to acknowledge those publishing a smaller number of manuscripts with exceedingly high citations. The g-index addresses this limitation by assessing the largest number of manuscripts (g) by an author cited at least (g × g) times, but has yet to be applied to radiation oncology resident productivity. Methods: A list of recent radiation oncology resident graduates (comprising 86% of the 2016 graduating class) and their post-residency career choice was compiled. The Scopus bibliometric citation database was searched to collect and calculate g-index data for each resident. Results: The mean g-index score for all resident graduates was 7.16. Residents with a PhD had significantly higher g-index scores (11.97 versus 5.80; p < 0.01), while there was no statistically significant difference in g-index scores between male and female residents. Residents choosing academic careers had higher g-index scores than those choosing private practice (9.47 versus 4.99; p < 0.01). Programs graduating at least three residents produced significantly higher g-index scores/resident than those graduating two residents, and while comprising only 25% of programs and 45% of residents, produced 60% of academic careers (p < 0.02). Conclusion: Radiation oncology resident graduates published on average a minimum of seven manuscripts cited at least 49 times. PhD-degree graduates had significantly higher g-index scores, as did residents choosing academic over private practice careers. There was no significant gender-related difference in g-index score regardless of career choice. The majority of academic careers are produced from programs graduating at least three residents.
- Academic radiation oncology
- Private practice radiation oncology
- Radiation oncology residency graduates
- Residency program size
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging