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Medical Physics Residency


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 our newly created Allegheny Health Network Medical Physics Residency Program in Radiation Oncology. More information about Allegheny Health Network is located on the Contact Us page.

About the program

This 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.

An application for CAMPEP accreditation is currently under way and anticipated to be in place at the end of 2020. The curriculum will follow 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 independently.

Residents will work through a series of clinical rotations and learning modules in radiation therapy. They cover such topics as:

  • The overall radiation therapy process
  • Dosimetry, quality assurance and accelerator calibration
  • Treatment planning, dose calculation and optimization
  • Specialized modalities, including in-vivo dosimetry, SRS/SRT, Gamma Knife, GammaPod, MR-Linac, SGRT, TBI, TSE, image guidance, and brachytherapy (LDR, HDR, seed implants, and IVBT)
  • Radiation safety and treatment facility design

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