Therapeutic Physics Residency

Information regarding residency positions for the 2019 year will be announced soon.

 

Our Program

We offer a two-year medical physics residency program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center.  The objective of the program is to provide clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics and prepare the resident for board certification. While residents are encouraged to participate in clinical research throughout their training period, the two years of the program are primarily clinical. The residency program is currently structured to meet the requirements for accreditation and has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).

 

Admission Information

Prospective candidates should have completed an MS or Ph.D. degree in physics, medical physics, or a closely related discipline, such as biomedical engineering.  Candidates from both CAMPEP-approved and non-CAMPEP graduate programs are welcome to apply. Non-CAMPEP applicants with more than two unfulfilled CAMPEP course requirements will not be considered. CAMPEP requirements, which are consistent with ABR's audit standards, can be found on the ABR's site.

 

Our Department

The Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU provides a full range of clinical services at the VCU Medical Center and its six satellite facilities within Virginia. Services provided include IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, image-guided brachytherapy, hyperthermia, and stereotactic radiosurgery. 

There is a total of ten Varian linacs, including a Varian Trilogy image-guided radiotherapy suite (equipped with Brainlab ExacTrac and a 6DOF robotic couch) and three Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators with flattening filter-free capabilities. There is a total of five CT simulators, including a Phillips Big Bore 16 slice CT scanner and a Toshiba Aquilion with a 16 row-detector and 90 cm bore size. Our state-of-the-art image-guided brachytherapy suite is equipped with an Acuity 3D imaging system.

Radiation Oncology, in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology and Physics, operates an active Medical Physics graduate program. Residents who have not fulfilled CAMPEP requirements may take one course a semester for a maximum of two semesters to complete them. For a complete list of available courses, refer to our "Courses" tab. 

The physics faculty conducts research in various areas of radiation therapy including IMRT/VMAT dosimetry and optimization, brachytherapy dosimetry and applicator development, CT image reconstruction, image-guided radiation therapy, deformable image registration, 4D MRI, clinical bio-marker study, and motion-adaptive radiation therapy. 

 

Residency Program Admissions Statistics by Year

VCU Medical Physics Residency Program admissions statistics since 2008 broken down by year.

Cumulative Post-Graduation Job Placement Statistics

Cumulative job placement statistics for VCU Medical Physics Residency program graduates.