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Medical Physics Resident

As part of our educational mission, Northwest Medical Physics Center initiated a two-year Radiologic Therapeutic Medical Physics Residency program in 2005, which was CAMPEP accredited in 2009.  We have one to two residents on staff each year.

The resident has quarterly rotations at different clinical sites to provide a broad experience base. This includes but is not limited to external beam radiation therapy, low dose rate brachytherapy, high dose rate brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, and stereotactic body radiation therapy.

Several items distinguish our residency from others.  The resident will have the opportunity to participate in linac commissioning projects, which usually include shielding measurements, beam scanning, TG51, beam scanning report write-up, data table generation (PDDs, TPRs, Scp, Sc, Sp, OAR tables, wedge transmission, etc.), treatment planning system validation, independent MU calculation program validation, and volumetric modulated arc therapy commissioning,  It is also our goal to give the resident sufficient HDR experience to satisfy Authorized Medical Physicist application requirements.  The resident will assist our Equipment Committee during the calibration intercomparison workshops (external beam chambers, brachytherapy well chambers, thermometers, barometers).

Resident progress is monitored quarterly by having the resident submit a written report and sit for an oral exam given by the site mentors and a director of the program.

Application process:

We will be accepting applications via the Medical Physics Residency Application Program until Dec 12, 2016.  We participate in the Medical Physics Match program, which has a resident start date of July 1, 2017.

Applicants must be from a CAMPEP-Accredited Medical Physics Graduate program with the following courses or equivalent completed with a “B” or better: Radiological Physics and Dosimetry, Radiation Protection and Safety, Fundamentals of Imaging in Medicine, Radiobiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Radiation Therapy Physics with an 18 minimum credit-hour total.

We plan to have phone interviews with 10-15 applicants and invite 3-5 for on-site interviews.

The residency duration, work status, and certification status of our residents is given in the table below.

 

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Year

Number of applicants

Number of offer letters

Number of offer letters accepted

Number of Graduates

Resi-dent

Start Date

Completion Date

Length of Time in Program

Current Status

Certification Status

2005

1

1

1

NA†

1

7/1/2005

6/30/2007

2 years

Clinical Physicist

DABR in 2008

2006*

NA†

2007

1

1

1

1

2

6/1/2007

10/30/2009

2 years

Clinical Physicist

Passed Part 2 in 2011

2008*

NA†

2009

1

1

1

1

3

7/1/2009

12/31/2011

2.3 years

Clinical Physicist

DABR in 2012

2010*

NA†

2011

44

1

1

1

4

6/15/2011

6/30/2013

2 years

Clinical Physicist

DABR in 2014

2012*

NA†

2013

136

1

1

1

5

7/1/2013

6/30/2015

2 years

Clinical Physicist

DABR in 2016

2014

1‡

1

1

NA†

6

7/1/2014

6/30/2016

2 years

Clinical Physicist

Passed Part 2 in 2016

2015

142

1

1

1

7

7/1/2015

Est 2017

current

Resident

Passed Part 1 in 2016

 2016*  1
*No residency position this year
† Not Applicable
‡ The decision to add this resident position was made in April 2014, after the Gentle-Person’s agreement for sending acceptance letters.

 

Please contact Jan Rawson (jrawson@nmpc.org) for additional details.