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Radiation Oncology

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 | Two separate 6-month semesters
  • Patient invivo dosimetry | 6 months
  • Linac 1 accelerator QA (Elekta Versa HD 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
  • IMRT plan delivery QA | 12 months
  • TomoTherapy/Radixact patient/plan QA | 12 months
  • Brachytherapy | 6 months
  • Gamma Knife | 6 months
  • Special Procedures (TBI/TSI/Ortho/IGRT) | 6 months
  • 4DCT sorting | 6 months
  • Informatics | 6 months
  • Clinical Physics Coverage | 18 months