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Medical Physics Residency – Therapeutic Radiological Physics

Welcome

A career in radiation oncology physics starts with a clinical training program which will prepare the medical physicist to become a competent, integral part of the radiation oncology care team. To this end, we welcome you to Allegheny Health Network’s Residency Program in Therapeutic Radiological Physics. More information about Allegheny Health Network is located on the Contact Us page.

AHN Cancer Institute at Allegheny General Hospital

Figure 1: AHN Cancer Institute at Allegheny General Hospital

interior photo of the AHN Cancer Institute lobby

Figure 2: AHN Cancer Institute lobby

Our radiation delivery machines include: 15 Elekta Versa HD™, 1 Varian Linac, 1 Elekta Unity MR-Linac, 1 Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, 1 GammaPod, and 5 Elekta Flexitrons. We also have treatment planning systems such as:  GammaPlan, GammaPod Planning System, Monaco, RayStation, Brainlab Element, and Oncentra and offer 15 4D Siemens CT scanners, 1 4D PET/CT, 1 Vision RT, and 11 ABC motion management systems.

Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™

Figure 3: Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™

Biograph Vison™ Siemens PET / CT Scanner

Figure 4: Biograph Vison™ Siemens PET / CT Scanner

Elekta Unity MR-Linac

Figure 5: Elekta Unity MR-Linac

Elekta Versa HD™ Linear Accelerator

Figure 6: Elekta Versa HD™ Linear Accelerator

Gammapod™ Stereotactic Body Radiation (SBRT) System

Figure 7: Gammapod™ Stereotactic Body Radiation (SBRT) System

Elekta Flexitron® Brachytherapy afterloading platform

Figure 8: : Elekta Flexitron® Brachytherapy afterloading platform

SOMATOM Confidence® RT Pro

Figure 9: SOMATOM Confidence® RT Pro

About the program

Our program was awarded initial CAMPEP accreditation in March 2021. The residency is structured as a three-year training program, with two thirds dedicated to clinical training and one third to applied research and development. By the end of our program, physics residents will be ready to embark on a career in radiation oncology physics. They will be well prepared for their board examinations, and have experience in all the tasks required of a clinical physicist.

Our curriculum follows the recommendations of AAPM Report 249. Learning is structured as a hands-on apprenticeship and lectures, intended to support the resident in incrementally acquiring core competence to practice radiation oncology physics independently.

Residents will work through a series of clinical competencies and rotations including:

  • Clinical Orientation and Patient Management
  • Teletherapy Delivery
  • Instrumentation and Dosimetry Protocols
  • Teletherapy Treatment Planning I – 3D CRT
  • Brachytherapy Commissioning and QM, Delivery, and Treatment Planning
  • Teletherapy Treatment Planning II – IMRT/SBRT
  • Patient-specific Physics Services
  • Information Systems / EMR
  • Imaging for Simulation, Planning, Treatment Verification
  • Administrative and Professional
  • Clinical Program Development
  • Radiation Safety and Regulatory
  • Teletherapy Commissioning and QM
  • Special Procedures: IVBT, LDREye Plaques, TBI, TSET, GammapodTM, Gamma KnifeTM and Linac-based Cranial SRS/SRT
  • Clinical Research & Clinical Service

 

Figure 3: Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™ is the stereotactic radiosurgery radiotherapy machine of Elekta Corporation
Figure 4: Biograph Vison™ is a PET/CT scanner of SIEMENS Healthineers
Figure 5: Elekta Unity MR-Linac is the MR-linear accelerator, a radiotherapy machine of Elekta