It is the goal of a residency program to instill in their students the ability to operate in a confident and independent manner. As the capabilities of a resident increase with their time in the program, more responsibility will be given to them at the discretion of the academic staff of the program and with the approval of the program director. Residents are trained in all aspects of radiation therapy physics as specified by AAPM Report 90. 

Residents must complete a series of eight rotations, each lasting one to four months, followed by a period of full-time clinical service.

Training Area Training Duration (Months)
Machine QA 3
Treatment Planning 4
Brachytherapy, including radiopharmaceuticals 3
Radiation Protection/Radiation Safety 1
Special Procedures 3
Dosimetry Systems and Treatment Aids 3
Information Systems 1
Research/Clinical Improvement Project 3
Full time clinical service 3

The residents also participate in all aspects of clinical medical physics services, including weekly chart check, plan check and machine quality assurance. In the first year, medical physics residents go through ethics and professionalism training and complete the training modules recommended by AAPM and RSNA. In addition, our medical physics residents participate in relevant departmental conferences and seminars including:

  • New Patient QA Conference
  • Radiation Oncology Medical Residents Educational Conference
  • Medical Physics Graduate Seminar Course
  • Resident Topical Presentations
  • Medical Physics Journal Club (Masters & PhD)
  • Medical Physics In-Service