Medical Physics

Graduate Program in Medical Physics

The Department co-sponsors this CAMPEP-accredited graduate program along with the Department of Radiology. For more information go to the program's official website.

Residency Program in Medical Physics

The University of Chicago Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology offers a two year Medical Physics Residency Program. The training program is based on the Guidelines for Accreditation of Medical Physics Residency Programs as published by Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program (CAMPEP). The program is directed toward providing a 2 year program of progressive supervised clinical training for graduates of CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate education programs or graduates of other programs such as the University of Chicago graduate program in Medical Physics. Additional medical physics didactic training will be provided to graduates of other physics-related programs.

Application materials will be accepted from PhD level candidates from October 1 through December 1, 2015 for 2016 admission.  Applications should be submitted online through the Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP) (http://www.aapm.org/mprap/ ).  We participate in the Medical Physics Match program (natmatch.com/medphys)  (NMS ID: 12211).

ADMISSION AND OUTCOMES SUMMARY

Residency Program Statistics
Graduation Year Applicants Offers Accepted Graduates Certified Positions Held
2006 63 1 1 1 1 clinical
2007 65 2 1 2 2 clinical, academic
2008 60 2 1 1 1 academic
2009 69 3 1 1 1 clinical
2010 73 1 1 1 1 academic
2011 100 3 1 1 1 academic
2012 96 4 2 1 1 academic
2013 (no position)        
2014 145 3 1 1 1 clinical
2015 183 1 1 1 1 clinical
2016 60 1 1 1   clinical

Structure of the Program

The objective of the residency program is to provide training in radiation oncology physics in a structured clinical environment for individuals wishing to practice professional radiation oncology physics. Residents, under the supervision of board certified medical physicists, will participate in the routine clinical duties of a radiation oncology physicist. At the conclusion of the program the resident will be able to demonstrate competency in all areas of radiation oncology physics and will be prepared to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiology Physics.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Chicago is comprised of 3 divisions: Clinical Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics, and Cancer Biology. The department provides service to three clinical sites: University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park section of Chicago, University of Illinois/Chicago campus and Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Radiation Oncology staff includes: 8 Ph.D. physics faculty, 7 clinical physics staff, 7 dosimetrists, 1 dosimetry trainee, 2 physics residents, 10 M.D. radiation oncology faculty, 10 medical residents, and 6 Ph.D. cancer biology faculty. Total external beam treatments number 165 – 180 per day. Brachytherapy procedures are performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center and University of Illinois/Chicago campus. Patients are routinely enrolled on national and institutional protocols.

The medical physics residency program is housed in the Division of Medical Physics. Physics residents report to the Director of the Residency Program in Medical Physics (Kamil M. Yenice, Ph.D.). The departmental Resident Education Committee oversees the medical residency and physics residency programs, and reviews the clinical training and didactic education program on an annual basis.