Medical Physics Residency Program

General Information
The Medical Physics Residency Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) started in 2001. The program was further enhanced with a grant support from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in 2006, and was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) in 2008. The Residency is overseen by the Medical Physics Faculty within UNMC’s Department of Radiation Oncology that includes six physicists (6 PhD), five physicians, and five dosimetrists.

The Residency is a two-year program that emphasizes clinical excellence and professional development in Radiation Oncology Physics. The expected activities, objectives and assessments to be completed during the Residency are well-defined and are presented to incoming residents on their arrival. The Residency includes didactic courses but the majority of time is spent in “hands-on” clinical rotations. Residents are expected to become an integral part of the Department of Radiation Oncology performing clinical duties while interacting closely with the entire faculty and staff, including physicians, dosimetrists, and therapists, in a collegial manner. The successful resident will be able to demonstrate competency in all areas of clinical Radiation Oncology Physics and will be qualified to take the certification examination of the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiologic Physics once prerequisites of the Board are fulfilled. The benefits of the Residency include professional career training, clinical research opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits package (health insurance, books, vacation, sick leave), university student benefits, relocation assistance, paid parking and travel to one professional Medical Physics meeting. Graduating Residents are presented with a Certificate of Residency Completion and are expected to be well-prepared for a career in clinical medical physics. Graduates are encouraged to become contributing members of the Medical Physics community at large.

UNMC Radiation Oncology is a vibrant, growing department equipped with six modern linear accelerators (four at the main campus and two at satellite hospitals) capable of advanced techniques such as respiratory gating and image guided radiotherapy using Calypso, CT on rails, OBI/Cone-beam CT’s, and ExacTrac.  Treatment planning is performed by using Philips Pinnacle, BrainLAB iPLAN, and Varian Eclipse and BrachyVision systems. UNMC offers a broad range of radiation oncology procedures including: IGRT, VMAT, SRS/SBRT, TBI, TSE, IORT, and HDR/LDR brachytherapy. A Varian TureBeam STx unit is the latest linac added to our clinical service. 

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