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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 non-accredited but the CAMPEP accreditation process is underway. This program will provide 2 years of clinical and research training in all areas of radiation oncology physics. The resident will rotate through our enterprise including IU School of Medicine, IU Health hospitals, IU Health Proton Therapy Center, 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. 

Please send CV,  reference list, academic transcripts and statement of personal interest to the Program Director, Colleen DesRosiers via email (cmdesros@iupui.edu).

Included in Indiana University's program is a unique opportunity for candidates to train in proton beam therapy physics.  There are now 7 proton therapy centers with 6 under development in the United States.  Indiana University was the third center to offer proton beam therapy treatment.  Very few institutions are able to offer proton training to their residents, and the need for physicists based on the number of centers in development can be expected to at least double in the coming years.

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.

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, will be required for medical physics applicants to the ABR starting in application year 2011.  There are currently 75 residency positions in the United States with over two hundred graduates in this specialty per year.  Additionally, 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.