We receive approximately 60-160 applicants per year. 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.
The physics residency education program lasts for two years, with the training calendar starting on July 1 of each year. During the second year of residency, there is one month allocated for either clinical research and special rotation, or “catch-up”.
Number of residents
The Physics Residency Program is designed to handle a maximum of 8 residents. For 2017, we will be admitting two new residents.
Available Physics Resident positions will be posted to the AAPM Career Services Board in January of the year training is to commence. 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).
- A Guide to the AAPM
- The Medical Physicist
- The Roles, Responsibilities, and Status of the Clinical Physicist
- Report No. 90: Essentials and Guidelines for Hospital-Based Medical Physics Training Programs
- Report No. 38: The Role of a Physicist in Radiation Oncology
Upon receipt of the candidate’s completed application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation (electronically), the information packet is forwarded to members of the Physics Residency 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. A short presentaion is also given by the candidate. Interviews will take place in February. At present, we are participating in the match program.
The interview process is performed in accordance with the equal opportunity standards of Washington University.