POSITION: Radiation Oncology Clinical Medical Physics Residency
LOCATION: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Temple, TX
The two-year Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Training Program at Baylor Scott & White is designed for candidates with graduate degrees in the relevant physical sciences who are interested in careers as clinical medical physicists in radiation oncology. This program concentrates on the medical uses of physics in clinical treatment of cancer patients; it does not focus on didactic training in medical physics or basic research. Upon successful completion of the program, the resident will receive a Certificate of Completion from Scott & White and from the Texas A&M University School of Medicine. The program is intended to qualify the resident to apply for examination by the American Board of Radiology for certification as a Therapeutic Radiological Physicist. Baylor Scott & White Health’s Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program is CAMPEP accredited since 2008. The physics residency program follows the AAPM Report No. 90 guidelines and includes technologies (IMRT, RapidArc, SRS/SBRT, HDR) as well as exposure to diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. The program is structured to provide a broad based, in-depth training that will prepare the graduate to contribute immediately and independently to the quality of medical care received by the radiation oncology patients.
Clinical Training. During the 24 months of the residency, the resident will take primary clinical rotations through the following treatment techniques:
Conventional Treatment Planning
IMRT Treatment Planning (including VMAT)
Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (including SRS and SBRT)
Brachytherapy (including HDR, LDR and Radiopharmaceuticals)
The following subspecialty topics will be covered in each rotation as relevant:
Patient Treatment Planning and Treatment Procedures
Imaging for Planning and Treatment Verification
Image Guided Radiation Therapy
Detectors and Dosimeters
In addition, clinical training will include work on department projects, carried out under the supervision of the medical physics faculty.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the program. The resident will participate in the following:
During the latter part of the resident’s second year of training and depending upon the resident’s development of clinical competency, there may be an opportunity to concentrate on a particular area of interest, and design and execute a research project. Opportunities exist for collaborative research with staff members from other departments. The resident would submit the results of their research project for presentation at a scientific meeting and prepare a manuscript for publication in a scientific journal.
Application and Requirements
The applicant must have earned a Master’s or Ph.D. in medical physics, physics, engineering, mathematics or other science with physics training equivalent to a minor in physics (upper level courses in electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, statistical mechanics and mechanics). Candidates must have graduated from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program at the start of the residency. To apply, applicants are requested to apply through the AAPM’s Medical Physics Residency Application Program. If the candidate is considered for entry into the program, they will be asked to visit Baylor Scott & White in Temple, Texas for an interview with the Program Director and selected faculty.
For more information on Baylor Scott & White Health and the program, please visit the web site at https://www.bswhealth.med/education/Pages/gme/temple/radiation-physics-residency.aspx.
Baylor Scott & White Health is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educator.
For more information or to address specific questions, please contact:
Geethpriya Palaniswaamy, Ph.D. Program Director – Medical Physics Residency Radiation Department/Physics Division Baylor Scott & White Medical Center 2401 South 31st Street Temple, TX 76508 Geethpriya.Palaniswaamy@BSWHealth.org 254 724-6063
Internal Number: 16111
About Baylor Scott and White Medical Center
Baylor Scott & White Health includes 49 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 affiliated physicians, 37,000 employees and the Scott & White health plan. Our flagship hospital facility in Temple, Texas is consistently listed among the “Top 100 Hospitals” in America and is the main tertiary clinical education site for the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine.The Physics Division provides physics support for the Baylor Scott and White Radiation Oncology Department operations in Temple, Texas and regional facilities in Killeen,Texas and Waco, Texas with plans to expand to other regional sites in the near future. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage qualified women and minority applicants. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
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