Radiation Oncology Residency Program in Medical Physics

Program Description

The Fox Chase Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program is intended to provide training in clinical radiation oncology physics. The targeted applicant will have a PhD in physics, medical physics or a related subject, and be interested in preparing for a clinical/academic oriented career.

Major Objectives

  1. Preparing the graduate for certification in the specialty of radiation oncology physics by an appropriate certification board
  2. Providing a broad-based, in-depth training that will permit the graduate to immediately contribute to the quality of medical care received by the radiation oncology patient

Training will take place under the close supervision of experienced radiation oncology physicists. The program emphasizes all areas of training and experience that will be needed by a radiation oncology medical physicist in a state-of-the-art treatment facility.

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine regards board certification in the appropriate medical subfield as the appropriate qualification for the designation of Qualified Medical Physicist. The certifying body for medical physicists in this discipline is the American Board of Radiology. Beginning in 2014, any individual who wishes to sit for board certification in any medical physics subfield must be enrolled in or have graduated from a CAMPEP accredited clinical training program (residency).

The three-year Radiation Oncology Clinical Medical Physics Fellowship Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center is designed for candidates with doctoral degrees (usually in medical physics, physics or physical science) who are interested in careers in radiation oncology medical physics. Our program is one of the first academic residency programs in the U.S. (since 2001).

The program has graduated 1-2 residents per year. New residents are selected from a pool of approximately 70-80 candidates. Since 2001, fourteen graduates have assumed positions as academic clinicians in university hospitals and cancer centers, and one is in private industry.

This program focuses on the medical application of physics in the clinical treatment of patients with radiation through:

  • Clinical education in all aspects of medical physics practice
  • Any necessary didactic medical physics education required
  • Research training in projects related to clinical medical physics