Residency in Medical Physics
Thank you for your interest in the Medical Physics clinical residency program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The residency is overseen by the Medical Physics and Engineering faculty, which includes 17 physicists (16 Ph.D., one M.S.), eight dosimetrists, two service and research engineers, and three IT specialists. The Medical Physics residency program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).
About the Program
The residency is a two-year program that emphasizes clinical excellence and professional development in radiation oncology physics. The expected activities, objectives, and assessments to be completed during the residency are well-defined and are presented to incoming residents upon their arrival. Didactic courses are available to residents but the majority of time is spent in “hands-on” clinical rotations. Residents are expected to become an integral part of the Department of Radiation Oncology, performing clinical duties while interacting closely with the entire faculty and staff in a collegial manner.
The physics faculty works closely with 18 radiation oncologists and 10 medical residents who provide services to more than 140 patients per day. Medical physics faculty also collaborate closely with colleagues in the Division of Molecular Radiation Biology, other UT Southwestern departments, and other UT campuses.
The benefits of the residency include professional career training, a competitive salary and benefits package, and a professional allowance to support travel and other professional needs. Graduating residents are expected to be well-prepared for a career in clinical medical physics and for the American Board of Radiology examination in therapeutic radiological physics. Graduates are encouraged to become contributing members of the medical physics community at large.
Medical Physics Residency Statistics
*We began requiring applicants to have a Ph.D. in 2011.
**We accepted one transfer from a CAMPEP-accredited residency as a senior resident.
Our residents have a first-time pass rate of 100% on all parts of the ABR exams.
Eligibility and Application
Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. degree in medical physics, physics, or a related field by the position start date. Preference is given to graduates of CAMPEP-approved medical physics graduate programs, but all qualifications are considered in the review process.
Application materials are accepted via the AAPM’s CAP (Common Application Process) website between October 15 and December 15 for the position starting the following July. Application materials received prior to or following these dates will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application review process is typically completed by January 31 and the highest ranking candidates are invited for a personal interview to take place by February 28. An offer will be made the first week of March for admittance on July 1.
Potential applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with informational literature regarding the medical physics profession, such as (1) AAPM’s “The Medical Physicist,” (2) AAPM’s “The Roles, Responsibilities, and Status of the Clinical Medical Physicist,” and (3) AAPM Report No. 90, “Education and Training of Medical Physics Committee Subcommittee on Residency Training and Promotion.” All three documents can be obtained from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is a vibrant department equipped with 5 Varian linear accelerators (two TrueBeams, one Trilogy, two 21EXs), a BrainLAB Vero, an Elekta Agility, an Elekta Gamma Knife Perfexion, Accuray CyberKnife, an Xstrahl superficial unit, two Philips 16-slice Brilliance large-bore 4-D CT simulators, two Calypso electromagnetic tracking systems, two Vision RT systems, VariSource HDR, and ADAC Pinnacle, Varian Eclipse, and BrainLAB iPlan treatment planning systems.
Our three clinical facilities are all located on one campus and offer a broad range of radiation oncology procedures including: IMRT, SRS, SBRT, TBI, TSET, and HDR and LDR brachytherapy. The department embraces education and supports a formal medical residency program, a medical physics residency program, an SBRT training program, and a variety of postdoctoral trainees in our research areas.
With five Nobel Laureates and 19 members of the National Academy of Sciences currently on faculty, UT Southwestern ranks among the top academic medical centers in the world. Its faculty members, who are responsible for a broad array of groundbreaking biomedical research advances, are respected for their dedication to teaching, training, and patient care. UT Southwestern, with nearly 11,400 faculty and staff, provides training to nearly 4,600 medical, graduate and allied health students, residents, and postdoctoral scholars each year.
Ongoing support from federal agencies, private foundations, individuals, and corporations provides more than $417 million per year to fund more than 3,500 research projects. Faculty members and residents provide care to 100,000 inpatients and oversee 2.0 million outpatient visits per year at our ambulatory clinics.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is part of the NCI-designated Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides exceptional opportunities for translation of laboratory science into clinical trials and provides an integrated program of medical, radiation, and surgical oncology.
The City of Dallas
The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex boasts a sophisticated, big-city style of living. D/FW is a cultural center, rich in the arts, as well as a sports center for major league teams in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer. The area has many recreational parks and opportunities to participate in outdoor sports all year round due to the mild winter weather. Dallas is a major fashion market center and has many exciting shopping malls, shops and boutiques.
The affordable cost of living offers area residents a high quality of living for a relatively modest cost. Many trainees and students buy homes and cars and start families in the metroplex, aided by the absence of state income tax in Texas.