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The Medical Physics Residency Curriculum

The Department of Radiation Oncology’s Medical Physics program follows the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP). The Department was originally certified by CAMPEP in 2010 and recertified in 2015 and 2020. Certification is valid through 2025.

The Department of Radiation Oncology’s Medical Physics Residency is administered by a program director, who works with the Medical Physics Residency Committee. The program director advises residents, coordinates clinical rotations and didactic training, and evaluates and promotes the program. The committee meets regularly to review the progress of the residents and any curriculum changes.

The curriculum follows the “AAPM Report 90: Essentials and Guidelines for Hospital-Based Medical Physics Residency Training Programs”

The curriculum provides:

  • Treatment planning (23 months)
  • Peer review of all clinical cases
  • Didactics with medical residents
  • Physics discourses with physicists
  • Participation in clinical research and developmental projects
  • Linac QA, CT QA, IMRT QA

9 Rotations spread over 24 months:

  • Orientation and Informatics
  • Basic Treatment Planning (2D, 3D, basic IMRT)
  • Advanced Treatment Planning (advanced IMRT, RapidArc, RapidPlan, and SBRT)
  • Brachytherapy I
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery I
  • Brachytherapy II
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery II
  • Imaging
  • Radiation Safety, Shielding, Commissioning

In addition to the comprehensive set of hands-on experiences, residents will have access to the following:

  • 5 Varian linear accelerators (1 Edge, 1 Halcyon 2.0, 1 Truebeam, 2 Trilogy’s)
  • 1 Accuray Radixact
  • 1 Siemens MR Simulator
  • 2 BrainLAB ExacTrac Dynamics with surface and thermal tracking
  • 1 Zeiss Intrabeam 600
  • A very active SBRT program
  • 2 Siemens CT scanners
  • Brachytherapy including High Dose Rate (HDR) with Nucletron Flexitron and Prostate Seed Implants
  • IGRT and motion management capabilities utilizing Respiratory Gating with DIBH, Calypso beacon RF guidance, Gated RapidArc, CBCT, and OBI
  • A very active SBRT program
  • A very active SRS program utilizing BrainLAB’s ExacTrac and Elements software
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
  • Total Body Irradiation (TBI) and Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy (TSET)