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, brachytherapy, and proton therapy. 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 I
  • Brachytherapy-I (HDR/LDR)
  • Stereotactic physics (including SRS/SBRT treatment planning & QA)
  • External beam II

PGY-2

  • Brachytherapy-II (HDR/LDR)
  • Tomotherapy
  • Proton Therapy
  • External beam III (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.