All trainees entering the Radiation Oncology Physics Residency program are required to have acquired a strong foundation in basic physics as documented by a master’s or doctoral degree in medical physics, physics, engineering, mathematics, or other science, with physics training equivalent to a minor in physics. The program does not distinguish between those physicists entering with didactic training in medical physics, as evidenced by graduation from an accredited medical physics graduate education program, and those entering without didactic training in medical physics. We receive approximately 160 applicants per year.
The physics residency education program lasts for two years, with the training calendar starting on January 1 or July 1 of each year at the discretion of the Residency Program Director.
Number of residents
The Physics Residency Program is designed to handle a maximum of 8 residents.
Available Physics Resident positions will be posted to the AAPM Career Services Board. The advertisement describes the training program and provides instructions concerning application to the program. In addition, a letter and application is sent to the Program Director at each AAPM-listed graduate and post-doc granting institutions to inform them of openings in our training program and urging them to encourage their graduates to apply to our program.
Interested candidates are encouraged to review the materials linked below, which provide essential information on radiation oncology physics training. These documents are all available for free through the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).
- What do Medical Physicists Do?
- Report No. 249 – Essentials and Guidelines for Clinical Medical Physics Residency Training Programs (2013)
- AAPM Education
Upon electronic receipt of the candidate’s completed application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, the information packet is forwarded to members of the Physics Resident Search Committee, who then rank the candidates. The scores are summed and the top candidates are contacted by phone to initiate the interview process. Candidates contacted by phone are invited to interview. They are then interviewed by members of the Physics Residency Committee along with other physics faculty. In addition, references may be contacted by phone to supplement the recommendation letters. Interviews will take place in October and November.
Please note: we are not participating in the Match Program this year. Instead, please send an email indicating your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
- Your CV
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- A short (2-3 paragraphs) answer to one of the following questions:
- How will your specific skills or experience help us further one or more of our Core Values?
- What is your understanding of the role of a medical physicist in the context of a radiation oncology department?
- Three references (please have the referees send these directly to email@example.com)
For a January 1, 2022 start date, all materials should be received by May 15, 2021. The virtual interviews and final selection will be made by July 15, 2021 with an intent not to affect applicant participation in the regular match. All interviews will be conducted virtually this year. There will be no on-site interviews. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage qualified women and minority applicants.
The interview process is performed in accordance with the equal opportunity standards of Washington University.
A number of our former graduates serve as Ambassadors for our Medical Physics Residency Program. Participants range from leaders in industry and academia to recent graduates who have just started their careers. If you would like to be connected with one of our Ambassadors, please email program coordinator Justina Dodson (firstname.lastname@example.org). In order for us to provide you with a good match, please include your career interests and CV (optional).