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Medical Physics Residency

Program Description

The two-year Radiation Oncology Therapeutic Medical Physics Residency Program at UAMS is designed for candidates with a doctoral degree from a CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate program who are interested in pursuing careers as Clinical Medical Physicists in Radiation Oncology. This program concentrates on the medical applications of physics in the clinical treatment of cancer patients with radiation.

BRIEF HISTORY AND PROGRAM STATISTICS 

Brief Program History

Our Medical Physics Resident program started in 2002.  We require that our residents have PhD degrees from a CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate program before applying to our program. Our program was CAMPEP accredited in April, 2012.  Our residents begin their 24 month residency program in July.  Since they have their PhD, they are entitled to a yearly salary, including vacation and health insurance, during their 2 year program. 

See Statistics Below

ADMISSIONSGRADUATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTINITIAL PLACEMENT
YEAR# of Applicants# of Offers# Graduated# Passing Board ExamAcademicClinicIndustrial
200271
1Passed Part II1
2004141
0Passed, 20081
200651
1Passed, 20111
200891
1Passed Part I1
2010211
1In preparation1
2012191
NAPassed Part INANA

Clinical Training

The training is based on the curriculum developed by CAMPEP and the recommendations of the AAPM*.

*(1) AAPM’s “The Medical Physicist”, (2) AAPM’s “The Roles, Responsibilities, and Status of the Clinical Medical Physicist,” and (3) AAPM Report No. 90, “Essentials and Guidelines for Hospital-Based Medical Physics Training Programs,” which are available from AAPM website www.aapm.org.

During the residency, the resident will learn:

  • Measurement and Quantification of radiation
  • Radiation Safety
  • Linear Accelerator, acceptance testing, calibration and quality assurance
  • Imaging for planning and treatment verification
  • Brachytherapy, including High Dose Rate (HDR) and Low Dose Rate (LDR)
  • Prostate implants
  • Computer assisted treatment planning
  • Quality control of the treatment process
  • Delivery techniques including:- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)

- ACCURAY TomoHDA System

- Stereotactic radiosurgery with Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion

- Stereotactic radiotherapy with Varian TRUEBEAM STX with High Definition MLC

  • Special procedures including:- Spatially Fractionated Radiation Therapy (GRID)

- Mammosite Brachytherapy

- TBI, TMI, etc.

In addition, clinical training will include work on research/clinical projects, carried out under the supervision of the Medical Physics faculty.

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the program. The resident will participate in the following established activities: Physics Division meetings, Treatment Planning conferences, Patient Case conferences, and assigned projects and readings.

Competency

Clinical competency is evaluated by oral exams and reports.

 

Appointments and Application Procedure

To be eligible to apply, you must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) and be a graduate of a CAMPEP accredited graduate school in Medical Physics.

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their application material as soon as possible. A transcript of undergraduate and graduate work, a personal statement, along with three reference letters must accompany the application. A Selection Committee consisting of medical physics faculty and a staff radiation oncologist grade the applications and select three or more candidates for teleconference interview. Final evaluation of the candidates is made by the Selection Committee on the basis of the candidate’s educational background, special experiences, and letters of reference and interview performance.  Selected candidates may also be invited for a personal interview at their own expense.  The status of their application can be conveyed via the telephone per applicant’s request. Normally written notice of acceptance is standard practice. The unsuccessful candidates will also be informed by written notice no later than early May.

Application due dates and an admission process timeline is specified  below. Applications are solicited every 2 years and will be opened again in March 2016.

  1. May 1- Applications closed
  2. May 31-  three candidates selected by the Selection Committee, invite the 1st candidate for phone or on-site interview
  3. June 5- invite the 2nd ranked candidate if the 1st candidate declined the offer.

 

 Please submit your CV and letters of recommendation via email to our Education Coordinator @ CarterTommieJ@uams.edu.