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Physics Residency Rotations

The length of the Physics Residency program is three years with the training calendar typically beginning July 1 each year. Each year is divided into two six-month semesters.  The Physics Resident is expected to complete two research semesters and four clinical semesters.  Through this curriculum, the physics resident is exposed to both the clinical and research aspects of radiation oncology physics, important components in this increasingly technological environment.

Clinical rotations vary in length from six months to twelve months. A schedule of Physics Residency Clinical Rotations is posted and updated semi-annually. At the start of each rotation, the physics resident will be given a Rotation Summary. This summary addresses the expectations of each rotation in the areas of required reading, expected competences, and evaluation criteria.


Concurrently throughout the program, the resident will participate in the following activities:

  • Radiation safety training
    • Linear accelerator area surveys
    • Remote afterloader safety training
  • Commissioning measurements for newly-installed radiotherapy machines, software, detectors
  • Attendance at annual society meetings (AAPM, ASTRO)
  • Radiotherapy physics lecture series
  • Radiobiology lecture series
  • Anatomy lecture series
Rotation
Rotation Length

Research

2 separate 6 month semesters

TLD diodes

6 months

Linac 1 accelerator QA

6 months

Linac 2 accelerator QA (CT on Rails included)

6 months

Linac 3 accelerator QA

6 months

Linac 4 accelerator QA (TomoTherapy machine)

6 months

Linac 4 accelerator QA (Artiste machine)

6 months

CT simulator QA

6 months

MR simulator QA

6 months

IMRT plan delivery QA

12 months

External beam treatment planning (TPS Sim)

12 months

TomoTherapy patient/plan QA

12 months

External beam treatment plan verification (Hand calc/Chart check)

6 months

Special Procedures
(HDR, seed implant, Gamma Knife, 4DCT/gating, IGRT, SBRT)

12 months

 

 

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