The Department of Radiation Oncology at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport, LA is recruiting to fill one Clinical Therapeutic Medical Physics Residency position. Our CAMPEP-accredited residency is a 2-year program emphasizing hands-on clinical training via full engagement within our clinical environment that includes the United States’ first clinically utilized installation of IBA’s compact, pencil-beam scanning, intensity modulated proton therapy system, the Proteus®ONE. Residents quickly become an integral part of the Department of Radiation Oncology performing all routine clinical duties expected of a junior physicist while still interacting closely with the entire faculty and staff, including both physicians and cancer center management, for training and guidance. In addition to routine clinical duties, residents are required to complete twenty in-depth projects under the direction of physics faculty on topics vital to a successful career in medical physics such as machine and/or modality commissioning (including LINAC, HDR, SRS, etc.), 4DCT motion management, and treatment planning, among others. Residents are also encouraged to participate in both clinical development and academic research underway at our institution. This training model provides residents with not only the essential curricula required to qualify for their ABR certification exams, but also the critical clinical experience and general breadth of knowledge that are key to success in a variety of clinical and/or academic settings.
The residency program at Willis-Knighton is one of the spokes of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center program consortium. This hub-and-spoke model program was the first of its kind to be CAMPEP accredited and has served as a model for other similar programs. Each member institution is independently responsible for selecting its residents from a common applicant pool as well as providing most of the required training for those residents. As such, the vast majority of a resident’s training occurs at their home institution, although residents at all affiliated centers are held to the same training standards through a shared curriculum and oral examination process. This hub-and-spoke model also enables each program to supplement the training experience of their residents with topics that are offered only at affiliate institutions. For example, as the only program in the consortium offering Proton Therapy, Willis-Knighton runs biennial proton therapy workshops in Shreveport to give other consortium residents training on this modality. Reciprocal topics are covered at other consortium institutions allowing for a much broader training base for all residents than would be possible at any one institution. In this way, residents at Willis-Knighton benefit from expertise at not only their home institution but also from all consortium sites. All residents receive a competitive salary and benefits package.
Applicants must have a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics or a related field along with documented completion of all 6 graduate level didactic courses described in AAPM Report 197S, either from their graduate training or from having completed a CAMPEP-accredited certificate program.
Our program participates in MedPhys Match (www.natmatch.com/medphys) and has the NMS Code: 19311. Applications will only be accepted online through the AAPM Medical Physics Residency Application Program (www.aapm.org/mprap/). Interested applicants should note that, as one of the spokes of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center program consortium, Willis-Knighton Medical Physics Residency applications should be submitted to the Mary Bird Perkins RadOnc Physics Residency. All applicants are considered for admission at all consortium sites independently. Applications must include a CV and three reference letters and be received by December 12, 2018 for full consideration. Selected candidates will be invited for Skype and in-person interviews in January and February of 2019. Additional information about the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center residency program can be found at www.wkhs.com/Cancer/Medical-Physics.aspx
About the Department of Radiation Oncology at Willis-Knighton Cancer Center
Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport, Louisiana is a 5-hospital, 1256-bed, health system within the Shreveport-Bossier area. All radiation therapy is performed in the Department of Radiation Oncology at a single location, the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, located off of Interstate 20 just west of the I-20/I-49 interchange. Our Radiation Oncology department is internationally recognized, certified by both the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), and boasts an extensive and busy brachytherapy program along with a well-documented record of innovation and early adoption of cutting-edge treatment modalities. Historically, Willis-Knighton was an early adopter of both Peacock and TomoTherapy® based IMRT as well as the first to perform SBRT with TomoTherapy®. More recently, our commitment to innovation has continued with efforts such as the implementation of Proteus®ONE proton therapy and BrainLab, ExacTrac-guided, stereotactic radiosurgery on an Elekta platform.
The Department of Radiation Oncology at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is home to 5 full-time, Ph.D. faculty physicists, 5 physicians, 3 dosimetrists, and 2 medical physics residents. Our facility operates the aforementioned IBA Proteus®ONE proton and TomoTherapy® HD units, as well as two Elekta Versa HD linear accelerators, one Nucletron HDR, one Philips big-bore CT simulator, one Samsung/NeuroLogica BodyTom® (portable, full-body, 32-slice CT scanner), and one Philips Ingenia MR-RT simulator that offers MR-only simulation for radiation therapy. We use Mosaiq as our oncology information system. Treatment planning is currently performed using RayStation and TomoTherapy® for most external beam therapy, BrainLab iPlan and Elements for SRS, and Oncentra for all HDR brachytherapy. Additionally, physicists at our Cancer Center are responsible for annual QA on a myriad of x-ray tubes (C-arms, fixed units, etc.) within the Willis Knighton Health Systems’ hospital network. Patient volume is approximately 90-100 patients per day across all portions of a broad demographic spectrum that comprises the population of the ArkLaTex region.
The Shreveport-Bossier metro area is at the intersection of 3 interstates in Northwest Louisiana 2 ½ hours from Dallas. A favorable year-round climate has led to national recognition for hunting, fishing, and water sports. Home to excellent public and private schools as well as plentiful activities, Shreveport is an excellent place for raising a family. Barksdale Air Force Base, home of the Global Strike Command and the nation’s B-52 fleet, along with a thriving film industry and substantial oil and gas operations, fuel the local economy.
About Willis Knighton Health System
Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport, Louisiana is a 4-hospital, 1,256-bed, health system within the Shreveport-Bossier area. Located in Northwest Louisiana, Shreveport is about 2 ½ hours east of Dallas. Willis-Knighton is expanding the department of radiation oncology with the addition of IBA’s ProteusONE® single-vault proton therapy system. This pencil-beam scanning, IMPT system is the first in the world and supplements the existing photon/HDR practice of around 90-100 patients per day. Willis-Knighton’s progressive department was an early adopter of both Peacock and TomoTherapy based IMRT, including the first to perform SBRT with TomoTherapy. The practice also includes an extensive brachytherapy program including sponsored physician fellowships from the American Brachytherapy Society, and a medical physics residency program with 3 current residents.
The Shreveport-Bossier metro area is at the intersection of 3 interstates in Northwest Louisiana 2 ½ hours from Dallas. A favorable year-round climate has led to national recognition for hunting, fishing, and water sports. Home to excellent public and private schools as well as plentiful activities, Shreveport is an excellen...t place for raising a family. Barksdale Air Force Base, home of the Global Strike Command and the nation’s B-52 fleet, along with a thriving film industry and substantial oil and gas operations, fuel the local economy.
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