The Medical Physics Residency Program in Radiation Oncology is designed for individuals with an MS or PhD who seek training in clinical radiation oncology physics in preparation for a clinically-oriented career. The program’s objective is to provide clinical training in radiation oncology physics that will prepare the graduate for board certification and a professional career in radiation oncology.
This Residency Program training involves full participation of the physics resident in the clinical routine, under the supervision of experienced radiation oncology physicists. Comprehensive training and experience is provided in the areas of dosimetry, treatment planning, brachytherapy, radiation safety, multi-modality imaging, radiographic and MR image guidance, particle therapy, special procedures, and quality assurance.
Training from this Program prepares graduates for certification in the specialty of Therapeutic Medical Physics by the American Board of Radiology. Graduates will also receive sufficient clinical training that should prepare them for work as a radiation oncology physicist.
For an estimated program capacity of 8 residents and 30 radiation oncology physics faculty members, our resident to faculty ratio is approximately 1:4.
The Washington University Medical Physics Residency program received CAMPEP accreditation in October 1997, and was the first program to receive this recognition. The program completed re-accreditation in 2003, 2008, 2013, 2018 and 2023 and is currently accredited through the end of 2028.
Carnell J. Hampton, PhD (Class of 2005), now the Assistant Vice President of Medical Physics at Carolinas HealthCare System, talks about how he knew Washington University was the right place for his training.