Medical Physics Residency Program

The Medical Physics Consulting Residency Program is a joint effort of St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK and Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO. The goal of the clinical medical physics residency program with Medical Physics Consulting is to prepare medical physics graduates to practice independently as certified medical physicists.  Upon completion of the twenty-four months of focused clinical training, the graduates should have clinical experience in all aspects of radiation oncology physics practice and in-depth knowledge on maintaining and implementing clinical procedures, as well as establishing new treatment modalities in their clinic.

Major Objectives of the Residency Program

  1. To prepare the medical physics resident for certification in the field of radiation oncology physics by an appropriate certification board, such as American Board of Radiology (ABR).
  2. To provide in-depth training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics practice that will allow the graduates to immediately contribute to the high level of quality medical care to the radiation oncology patients, including improving the efficiency of clinical flow, implementing a novel treatment modality and as initiating new treatment protocols in the clinic.
  3. The clinical residency training will be provided under the close supervision of experienced radiation oncology physicists at both sites. The residents will demonstrate competency in a range of topics through clinical performance in each rotation as well as end-of-rotation oral examinations. The residents will have the opportunity to participate in special clinical projects consisting of implementing new treatment procedures or integrating a novel technology in the state-of-the-art radiation oncology centers.

In addition, the wide varieties of clinical resources, equipment and special treatment procedures performed in the Medical Physics Consulting group assure that the medical physics residents receive well-rounded, hands-on and evaluated clinical training in the radiation oncology physics. Medical physics residents are also encouraged to complete research projects related to clinical medical physics and submit abstracts for the national meeting such as AAPM or ASTRO for presentation. Medical Physics Consulting has been a clinically driven resource for radiation oncology practices across the Midwest for over 20 years.

Training Rotations
The medical physics residents are expected to successfully complete their rotations in the following clinical topics:

  1. CT Simulation and Outside Imaging
  2. 3D External beam treatment planning for Photons and Electrons
  3. IMRT / VMAT treatment planning
  4. Low-Dose Rate (LDR) brachytherapy treatment planning, delivery and quality assurance
  5. High-Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy treatment planning, delivery and quality assurance
  6. Radiation Safety, Regulations and Shielding
  7. Linear Accelerator Commissioning and Acceptance Testing
  8. Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
  9. Special procedures - Total Body Irradiation (TBI) and Total Skin Electron Irradiation (TSEI)
  10. Weekly and initial physics chart check
  11. Quality assurance-Linear accelerator, CT simulator, IGRT
  12. Education, Ethics and Professionalism

Structure of the Program

Each rotation is under the close supervision of experienced medical physicists and is typically two to three months in length. Residents are expected to discuss their hands-on clinical progress with their mentor(s) on weekly or bi-weekly basis. Residents will also meet with either the assistant residency program director or the program director and discuss their progress and clinical responsibility on monthly basis. Residents are expected to keep a log documenting all their clinical and didactic activities, attendance at conferences or tumor boards which is reviewed during their meeting with the assistant residency program director or the program director.

Residents will be expected to attend weekly treatment planning conferences, weekly tumor boards, and actively participate in weekly physics and physician's journal clubs and other educational opportunities. Rotation specific recommended reading of medical physics guidelines detailed in AAPM TG reports, RTOG protocols, relevant journal articles or medical physics books chapters are assigned by the mentor faculty physicists. Following the completion of a rotation, the resident will present a power point presentation on the specific rotation topic and he/she will be evaluated by the faculty physicists typically through an oral examination.

The first year is primarily located at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The second year is primarily located at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO. Outside rotations will be added as available to enhance the base of experiences. The requirements for completion of the residency is demonstrated ability to perform independently all tasks generally recognized as fundamental clinical physics duties, as outlined in Task Group 249 of the AAPM.

Application Process
Applicants must have

  1. an MS or Ph.D. degree in medical physics from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program.​
  2. A certificate of completion from a CAMPEP approved certification program.

Medical Physics Consulting offers one medical physics resident position each year. Application should be submitted through AAPM's Common Application Program (CAP) Potential residents must meet all conditions of employment for Medical Physics Consulting.

Contact Information

Questions regarding our medical physics residency program should be directed to:

Peter Situ, PhD DABR
Residency Program Director
Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute
Freeman Hospital-East
932 E. 34th St
Joplin, MO 64804

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