Training Requirements

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 8 rotations, each lasting 1-4 months, followed by a period of full time clinical service. These are:

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

The residents  also participate in all aspects of clinical medical physics services, including weekly chart check, plan check and machine quality assurance.

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
  • Medical Physics In-Service