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Department of Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology

UC Davis CAMPEP Approved Physics Residency Program

Overview

UC Davis Physics Residency ProgramThe UC Davis CAMPEP Approved Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program is a two year program designed for individuals with a Ph.D. degree who seek training in clinical radiation oncology physics. 

The physics resident participates directly in the clinical routine, under the supervision of experienced radiation oncology physicists and physicians, while receiving comprehensive training in the areas of external beam planning and treatment delivery, treatment aid design and fabrication, brachytherapy planning and delivery, dose measurement,  radiation treatment machine calibration, special procedures such as image-guided intensity modulated radiation therapy, quality assurance, and radiation safety. 

Graduates of this program will have received sufficient clinical training to prepare them for work as a radiation oncology physicist and certification in the specialty of Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology.

Program structure

The Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program is an official program within the University of California, Davis Health Care System and administered through the Department of Radiation Oncology. 

The Department is located in the NCI-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and is actively engaged in the advanced clinical and research programs, including image-guided IMRT and VMAT (with motion-management), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), image-guided brachytherapy, in vivo dosimetry, and informatics infrastructure development.

The Department has full-member status with the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and has both an ACGME accredited physician residency training program and a CAMPEP approved medical physics residency program. There are research affiliations with the UC Davis School of Veterinarian Medicine and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Affiliations

Affiliations with other programs:

Tahoe Forest

  • Varian Truebeam

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Comparative Cancer Center

  • Varian Linear Accelerator, PET/CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine

Statistics

Physics Resident Statistics

Year No. Applicants No. Accepted No. Graduated No.
ABR Certified
Post Position Clinical Post Position Academinc Post Position Industrial

 2013- 2015

 82  1  0  n/a  n/a  n/a  n/a
 2012- 2014  40  1  0  Part I
 n/a  n/a  n/a
 2010- 2012  22  2  2

 Part I/ PartII

 1  1  0
 2008- 2010  9*  1  1  1  0  1  0
 2007- 2009  8*  1  1  0  1  0  0
 2005- 2007  41  2  2  2  0  2  0
 2004- 2005  49  1  1  1  0  1  0

(*) indicates top candidates only – other applicant data not available

Applying to the program

Application deadline is December 1, 2013. Position available July 2014.

Applications will be accepted from individuals who are not in CAMPEP-approved graduate programs with the understanding that 4 of the 6 required courses must be completed before the start of residency. Required Courses are:

1. Radiological Physics and Dosimetry

2. Radiation Protection and Radiation Safety

3. Fundamentals of Imaging in Medicine

4. Radiobiology

5. Anatomy and Physiology

6. Radiation Therapy Physics

 

Please apply using the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Common Application Program (CAP). Register HEREarrow left

As indicated on the CAP website, you will need the following to apply:

  • Personal information (name, address, contact information)
  • ABR certification status
  • Disclosure of criminal behavior, academic violations, and/or licensure actions
  • Employment history
  • Military service history (if applicable)
  • Education (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Names of 3 references (including one from current advisor or department head)
  • Personal statement (max. 3000 characters) indicating why you want to go into medical physics, and anything else you want to communicate to the applications reviewers (this is instead of a cover letter)
  • Uploaded CV listing awards, publications, presentations, and citizenship (Please indicate US Citizen, Permanent resident or Alien and Visa type/exp. date)
  • Transcripts and a copy of TOEFL results (if applicable)
    • Can be uploaded, or
    • Official copies can be mailed to Clinical Medical Physics Residency Application, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740

The direction and content of the Physics Residency Program is developed and administered by the Physics Residency Program Co-Directors, Dr. Sonja Dieterich and Dr. Julian Perks.

For questions, please contact the Residency Coordinator, Tina C. Roberts at:

Tina C. Roberts
Residency Coordinator
Department of Radiation Oncology
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Phone: (916) 734-8688
Email: tina.roberts@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu


The University of California, Davis is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

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