Curriculum

Resident Rotation - Year 1

Rot. 1 - Dosimetric systems, Daily, Monthly quality assurance on the linear accelerators, TG 51 calibration protocols, Monitor Unit Calculations based on SSD and SAD techniques, post planning and weekly chart checks, Electron Cut out measurements

Rot. 2 - CT simulations, Physics of Treatment planning with dose calculation models, Eclipse Treatment Planning for 3D CRT and IMRT, ARIA Record and Verification

Rot. 3 - Linac acceptance and/or Commission, quality assurance, annual calibration, IMRT quality assurance measurements with film and ionization chambers, and Mapcheck

Rot. 4 - High Dose Rate (HDR) and Low Dose Rate (LDR) brachytherapy treatment planning, quality assurance and other supports

Resident Rotation - Year 2

Rot. 5 - Special Procedures: TBI, 4DCT planning, respiratory gating and IGRT and physics/clinical research

Rot. 6 - Special Procedures: Stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS) with Gamma Knife, Trilogy/Brain lab systems, and TrueBeam STx

Rot. 7 - Radiation Protection, Survey, Shielding

Rot. 8 - Proton therapy and physics/clinical research

Didactic Training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the program. The resident participates in the following:

  • Journal club seminar at the Department of Radiation Oncology
  • Journal club seminar at the Graduate Medical Physics Program
  • Radiation Oncology Chart Rounds  
  • Medical Physics and Dosimetry meetings

The following graduate level courses, which are offered in our CAMPEP approved graduate medical physics program, are required (if the resident has already taken any of the courses mentioned below before joining the program, he/she will get a waiver following submission of sufficient proof to the Director of the program)

  • Physics of Radiation Therapy
  • Introduction to Radiation Biology
  • Production and Absorption of Ionizing Radiation
  • Anatomy & Physiology  
  • Radiation Measurements

Research Training

Research training is not explicitly offered as part of this two-year clinical residency. However, physics/clinical radiation oncology research projects will be available as part of the clinical rotations.