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Program Overview
Ke Nie, PhD
Associate Professor
Program Director

The residency program takes place in Department of Radiation Oncology which is accredited by American College of Radiology (ACR). The program now has 4 full-time residents with the duration of 24-months. The resident training takes place under the close supervision of experienced board certified radiation oncology physicists in our state-of-the art academic treatment facility. Comprehensive training and experience is provided in the areas of radiation therapy physics, safety, radiation machine calibration, quality assurance, clinical dosimetry, treatment planning, treatment aid design and fabrication, radiation measurement, stereotactic body radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, low-/high  dose rate brachytherapy and special procedures in current practice including but not limited to total body irradiation, and total skin electron therapy. In addition to clinical training, residents will be trained in other major aspects of a medical physicist’s duties including teaching, research, and administration. They will also be provided with professionalism and ethics training and guidance in the leadership qualities needed to both succeed and excel as a physicist in an academic and/or clinical medical facility.

Mission and Objectives 

The objective of our medical physics residency program is to provide comprehensive and in-depth trainings to our residents in radiation therapy physics to a competency level sufficient to prepare them to practice radiation physics independently and professionally. The mission of the residency program furthers institutional mandates of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, which include education and leadership in the fight against cancer.

Irina Vergalasova, PhD, DABR Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director
Curriculum

There are eight rotations in total during the 24-months clinical training:

  • Dosimetry Planning (6 months) 
  • Linac Design and Radiation Detectors (3 months) 
  • Brachytherapy & Brachy Radiation Safety (4 months) 
  • Imaging (2 months with 1-month overlap of III and V, respectively) 
  • Special Procedure (3 months) 
  • Proton & Proton Radiation Safety (3 months) 
  • External Beam Commissioning & Radiation Safety (3 months) 
  • Elective (2 months) 

 

Eligibility 

The specific pre-requisiteness for prospective applicants of our residency program follows the guidelines of CAMPEP. Applicants are required to have completed a doctor degree in physics, physical science, or engineering, with either an undergraduate degree in physics or at least three upper-division (junior- or senior-level) undergraduate physics courses. Alternatively, applicants who have completed some of the required graduate course work outside a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program may request evaluation of this course work by the residency program director. The required graduate coursework is specified in the CAMPEP Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Educational Programs in Medical Physics, Section 8 – Core Graduate Curriculum.

 

How to Apply

Our residency program participates in the national match and we have 2 positions per year. The application deadline is January 15, 2022. Please submit your applications through the MP-RAP Website.

MP-RAP Website