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 eighteen 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)

Rotations

Research

2 separate 6-month semesters

Patient invivo dosimetry

6 months

Linac 1 accelerator QA (Elekta VersaHD machine)

6 months

Linac 2 accelerator QA (Siemens Artiste with CT on Rails)

6 months

Linac 3 accelerator QA (Elekta Infinity machine)

6 months

Linac 4 accelerator QA (TomoTherapy/Radixact machine)

6 months

Linac 5 accelerator QA (Siemens Artiste with CT on Rails)

6 months

CT simulator QA

6 months

MR Linac QA

6 months

IMRT plan delivery QA

12 months

TomoTherapy/Radixact patient/plan QA

12 months

Special Procedures

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

12 months

Clinical Physics Coverage

18 months

Physics Programs Contact Information

For any questions related to our Physics Residency, Physics Postdoctoral or Physics Certificate Programs, please contact:

Jessica Kotowicz
Business Operations Coordinator - Physics Section
Department of Radiation Oncology
Medical College of Wisconsin
(414) 805-4505 | (414) 805-4354 (fax)
jkotowicz@mcw.edu

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