Therapeutic Radiologic Physics Residency

About the Program

The Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program is a two-year program designed for individuals with a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program, who seek post-graduate training in clinical radiation oncology physics. The program's primary focus is on clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics. Residents who successfully complete the program should be well-prepared for the certification examinations in the specialty of Therapeutic Radiological Physics administered by the American Board of Radiology.

The Clinical Residency Program training involves full-time participation of the physics resident in the clinical routine under the supervision of experienced radiation oncology physicists. Comprehensive training and experience is provided in the areas of radiation safety, radiation machine calibration,quality assurance, clinical dosimetry, treatment planning, treatment aid design and fabrication, and brachytherapy. The therapeutic radiologic physics residency program consists of eight quarterly rotations over a period of two years.

The rotations include assignments to the following radiation oncology services:

PGY-1

  • Orientation Safety and External Beam Planning
  • Brachytherapy-I (HDR/LDR)
  • Stereotactic physics (including SRS/SBRT treatment planning & QA)
  • External beam physics

PGY-2

  • Brachytherapy-II (HDR/LDR)
  • Tomotherapy
  • Proton Therapy
  • External beam physics - II (Including Junior Physicist rotations)

A resident qualification card indicates all required tasks and assignments for each rotation and for the program as a whole. During each rotation, the resident is mentored by a staff medical physicist. Successful completion of each rotation includes completion of all assigned tasks in the qualification card and passing a quarterly comprehensive oral examination, similar to the American Board of Radiology part III oral examination. Residents who are on or ahead of schedule to complete the qualification card have opportunities to participate in research projects within the radiation oncology department.

Program Staff

All residency program staff are certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiologic Physics (physicists) or Radiation Oncology (physicians).

Sanford L. Meeks, Ph.D., Chief of Physics
Robert J. Staton, Ph.D., Residency Program Director
Amish P. Shah, Ph.D., Associate Program Director
Thomas W. Holmes, Ph.D.
Thomas H. Wagner, Ph.D.
Twyla R. Willoughby, Ph.D.
Omar Zeidan, Ph.D.
Naren Ramakrishna, M.D., Ph.D.

The therapeutic radiologic physics residency program is part of the Departments of Radiation Physics and Radiation Oncology. The departments include five attending physicians, seven staff physicists, and two physics residents (one PGY-1 and one PGY-2).

Accreditation

The UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health therapeutic radiologic physics residency program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) through December 2018. Additional information is available at CAMPEP's website and at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine website.

Application and Program Performance Information

The following program performance information is provided in accordance with CAMPEP accreditation requirements. For the most recent application cycle for which resident applications were accepted, July 2015, there was 191 applicants through the MedPhys match system, 14 were interviewed on site, and we matched with 1 candidate, who was offered and accepted admission. One resident graduated in 2015, and a former resident successfully completed certification in Therapeutic Radiologic Physics by the American Board of Radiology.

Resident Graduated, Board Certification Status and Professional Status:

  • Ph.D., June, 2007 - ABR-certified - Clinical
  • Ph.D., December, 2007 - ABR-certified - Clinical
  • Ph.D., June, 2009 - ABR-certified - Clinical
  • Ph.D., November, 2009 - ABR-certified - Academic
  • Ph.D., April, 2011 - ABR-certified - Clinical
  • M.S., July, 2011 - ABR-certified - Clinical
  • M.S., December, 2011 - ABR-certified - Clinical
  • Ph.D. June 2013 - ABR-certified - Academic
  • M.S., June 2014 - Passed ABR Part 2, Clinical
  • Ph.D. June 2015 - Passed ABR Part 1, Industry

Medical Physics Residency Program Historical Applicant Data

Year, number that applied, number that interviewed and number of offers:

2008

  • Number that applied: 14
  • Number interviewed: 4
  • Number of offers: 1

2009

  • Number that applied: 56
  • Number interviewed:13
  • Number of offers: 4

2010

  • Number that applied: 70
  • Number interviewed:5
  • Number of offers: 2

2011

  • Number that applied: 8
  • Number interviewed:2
  • Number of offers: 2

2012

  • Number that applied: 76
  • Number interviewed:4
  • Number of offers: 1

2013

  • Number that applied: 1
  • Number interviewed:1
  • Number of offers: 1

2014

  • Number that applied: 1
  • Number interviewed:1
  • Number of offers: 1

2015 - MedPhys Match

  • Number that applied: 191
  • Number interviewed: 14
  • Number of candidates ranked: 10
  • Number of matches: 1

Open positions for the therapeutic radiologic physics residency program will be advertised through Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP) system and placed through the MedPhys match system. 

For further information, please contact:

Robert J. Staton, Ph.D.
Therapeutic Radiologic Physics Residency Program Director
Department of Radiation Physics
UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health
1400 S. Orange Avenue, MP 730-13
Orlando, FL 32806
Robert.Staton@Orlandohealth.com