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Physics Residency Program

Overview

The Physics Residency Program of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Indiana University School of Medicine, offers a two-year training program with one resident accepted each year.

The program is CAMPEP accredited. This program will provide 2 years of clinical training in all areas of radiation oncology physics. The resident will rotate through our enterprise including IU School of Medicine, IU Health Hospitals, Roudebush VA Medical Center and other satellites.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or MS degree in medical physics, preferably compatible with CAMPEP requirements, and have good written and oral communication skills. 

Residents entering the medical physics residency program shall have acquired a strong foundation in basic physics.  This shall be documented by a master’s or doctoral degree in medical physics, physics, engineering, mathematics or other science with training equivalent to a minor physics.

Clinical training, research/publication record, and CAMPEP accreditation of the programs attended will all be considered in the selection of the medical physics resident.  The selection of the candidate will be made by a committee of at least 5 professionals affiliated with the program and will include the director and the coordinator of the program.  Other radiation oncology professionals (physicians, therapists, dosimetrists) may also be asked to serve on the selection committee.

The IU Medical Physics residency program will participate in the Medical Physics Matching Program.  As such, applications must be submitted through CAP.  For the 2015 Residency position, applications should be submitted not later than December 1, 2014.

Meeting a Growing Need

Medical physicists belong to a unique group of professionals who are certified by a Medical Board (The American Board of Radiology).  Current requirements to sit for the board exam do not include formalized residency training in medical physics.  CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs) is the only entity which accredits medical physics programs and continuing education for medical physicists.  Formalized medical physics residency training, accredited by CAMPEP, are required for ABR certification.  Recent publications indicate a critical shortage of medical physics professionals by 2015, as residency programs are not growing at a rapid enough rate and over 50% of medical physicist are over age 50.  Also, the number of available positions are expected to increase by approximately 10% per year.

Medical Physics residents will be qualified to teach Radiation Oncology medical residents, graduate medical physics students, radiation therapy students and dosimetry students.  They can be a valuable asset in the didactic as well as clinical realm within radiation oncology.