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Medical Physics Residency Training: Overview

The University of Maryland Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Residency Program is a two-year training program.

Mission Statement

Our goal is to cultivate an educational environment which provides the full spectrum of learning opportunities in clinical medical physics, radiation oncology and radiobiology. Our flexible curriculum is designed to enable a resident to optimize their learning experience throughout their two years of training. It is our expectation that upon the completion of the program a resident will be an outstanding Radiation Oncology Physicist, capable of making an immediate impact in either an academic or community practice setting.

Prerequisites

You must posses:

  • PhD in Medical Physics or
  • PhD or equivalent degree in physics, or relevant fields with following six subjects taken (Either taken or plan to take during the training period) college level or above:
    • Radiological Physics and dosimetry
    • Radiation Protection and Radiation safety
    • Fundamentals of Imaging in Medicine
    • Radiobiology
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Radiation Therapy Physics

Residency Curriculum

Twenty one clinical rotations in 24 months of the residence training period are assigned as the required core clinical rotations. Clinically oriented practical projects may be assigned as part of the clinical training.

Teaching Format

Teaching is carried out through didactic lectures, clinics and numerous teaching conferences, with emphasis on patient care, under the supervision of full-time staff. The department enjoys state-of-the-art equipment and operates several sites both on and off- campus, which include a main facility in the Gudelsky Tower of the University of Maryland Medical Center, Central Maryland Radiation Oncology Center in Columbia, MD, the Upper Chesapeake Medical center in Upper Chesapeake in MD and the Tate Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, MD.

There are many conferences to attend. It is essential to the success of our teaching program that our residents attend all departmental conferences appropriate for each rotation. They are designed to teach all levels of trainee, and accomplish important patient care functions on a daily basis. Residents are expected to present for the physics related procedures and the assigned projects to the group. Handouts (paper or electronic) are mandatory for prepared presentations. A few highlights from our teaching format include the following:

  • Clinical Talks (Topic-based)
  • Physics/Radiobiology Talks
  • Case Presentations -- focused on background/workup
  • Case Presentations -- focused on mgmt of disease
  • Journal Club
  • Mock Orals
  • Technology Rounds
  • Attending lectures
  • Guest attending lectures
  • Visiting professors

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities under the direction of selected faculty are available throughout the two-year program. The topics will be focused to the clinical questions and are part of the clinical rotations. The Department of Radiation Oncology is in the top 10 of state-funded schools for research grants. Each resident completes a research project during residency training. It is recommended for the residents to present their work at national meetings of professional societies.

State of the Art Clinical Training

The Department at the University of Maryland is strongly committed to maintaining the quality of our educational program. Our department is at the forefront in innovation with its nationally recognized Medical Physics and Radiobiology Divisions, which provide outstanding clinical and research experiences for trainees. The facilities in which residents train include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Intensity Modulated Arc Therapy (IMAT; RapidArc)
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT - CBCT, kV, others)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
  • Gamma Knife Treatment
  • Gamma Pod (2013)
  • Respiratory Gated Radiation Therapy
  • 4-D CT Capability
  • PET-CT or MRI-CT fusion for target delineation
  • Total Body Irradiation with translational couch
  • Spatially Fractionated (GRID) Therapy
  • Remote afterloading HDR brachytherapy
  • Radioactive implants for prostate, GYN, liver (SIR spheres), and breast (mammosite)