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

Our Medical Physics Resident program started in 2002.  We require that our residents have Ph.D. 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 Ph.D., they are entitled to a yearly salary, including vacation and health insurance, during their 2 year program.

ADMISSIONSGRADUATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT   INITIAL PLACEMENT  
YEAR# of Applicants# of Offers# Graduated# Passing Board ExamAcademicClinicIndustrial
2002711Passed, 20151
20041410Passed, 20081
2006511Passed, 20111
2008911Passed, 20161
20102111Passed, 20161
20121911Passed Part II1
20142811Passed Part II1
2016321NAPassed Part INANANA

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.

Application Procedure

In 2016 we joined the AAPM match program.

NMSID# 10311

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The Medical Physics Matching Program (the “MedPhys Match”) places applicants into medical physics residency positions at training sites.

Our next match opening will be in November, 2017 with a deadline of March 1, 2018.

The Match is sponsored and supervised by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and the Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs (SDAMPP). The MedPhys Match is administered on behalf of AAPM and SDAMPP by National Matching Services Inc.

This is a two-year medical physics residency position where the individual will receive training in all clinical aspects related to the practice of Therapeutic Medical Physics (e.g., 3D-CRT, IMRT, SRS, SRT, SBRT, IGRT, Respiratory Gating, and HDR) in an academic radiation oncology department. The ideal candidate should have strong, professional, social and communication skills, along with a commitment to teamwork and collegiality. Candidates must have a Ph.D. from a CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate program. The training curriculum is based on the recommendations of the AAPM and CAMPEP.

If you have any questions, please contact Ellie Dickinson, Residency Coordinator at 501.526.8831 or email her at eedickinson@uams.edu.