Build a strong clinical and didactic foundation in a brand-new, state-of-the-art cancer centerThe medical physics residency program at UNMC emphasizes clinical excellence and professional development, aiming to prepare our residents to become board certified and to enter the workforce as confident and independent physicists.
The Radiation Oncology department at UNMC moved into the newly built Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in June 2017. A $323 million dollar project and the only NCI-designated cancer center in Nebraska, this facility boasts state-of-the-art treatment and research resources in addition to an impressive healing arts program. This highly patient-centered facility includes:
- A 10-story, 98-laboratory research tower
- An 8-story, 108-bed inpatient treatment center
- A multidisciplinary outpatient center
- Outdoor gardens
- More than 200 works of art, including the Chihuly glass sanctuary
Radiotherapy equipment at BCC includes 2 Varian TrueBeams, 1 Varian Edge radiosurgery system, Elekta Flexitron HDR, 2 Siemens CT scanners, Aria R&V, Eclipse treatment planning, Oncentra and Oncentra Prostate brachytherapy treatment planning, Velocity, RPM, AlignRT, Calypso, and more. Other vendors and equipment are represented at three satellite/associated facilities as well.
Omaha offers a low-cost, attractive lifestyle that has something for everyoneResidents can experience large city convenience but with a “small town” feel.
Some of the advantages of living in Omaha include:
- One of the top zoo's in the world: #2 on USA Today’s 2017 reader’s choice list
- Beautiful parks and lakes for outdoor activities
- Historic downtown with numerous bars, restaurants and museums
- Excellent school systems
- Highly accessible to other major cities
Broad and solid training program and ample opportunities for career development:
Depth and breadth of training:
UNMC radiation oncology performs a broad range of radiotherapy procedures - nearly everything in the field!
Eight of the exams, given quarterly, are comprehensive for the rotation and mock the style of ABR Part III
“I enjoyed the time working as a physics resident at UNMC. The program not only provided me strong foundation for clinical physics and passing my ABR board, but also provided all kinds of opportunities for my career development. UNMC treated a variety of procedures including 3DCRT, IMRT, SRS, SBRT, HDR and LDR brachytherapy. The 24 monthly oral exams really helped me prepare for my board exam.” Says Shuo Wang (resident 2014-2016, faculty physicist at UNMC)
Facilitating career development:
UNMC physics residents receive solid clinical and didactic training, but are encouraged to develop in other ways as well. Our program offers ample opportunities for clinical research (though participation in research is not required) and support for attending conferences. All this, along with teaching and leadership opportunities, help our residents become well-rounded, career-ready physicists.
“As a physics resident at UNMC you have the opportunity to be looked at as an equal member of the physics team. Your opinions are heard and valued by physicists, therapists, nurses, and physicians, and your responsibilities are more on par with those of a staff physicist. This respect and responsibility allows for incredible growth as a professional in the medical physics field.” Says Tyler Diener (current resident 2016-2018)
“The biggest differentiator of this program is that residents have an opportunity to become an integral part of clinical workflows. As residents learn and grow, they have an opportunity to earn the trust of the rest of the staff and become a valuable resource for the department. In other words, responsibility cumulates here, which approaches clinical reality better than merely rotating from service-to-service.” Says Joseph Driewer (resident 2011-2013, Chief Physicist at Nebraska Methodist Hospital)
A vibrant, growing department:
The department has 8 faculty physicists, 7 faculty physicians, 5 dosimetrists, 2 physics residents, and 4 physician residents. It is large enough to offer a wide range of insights and experiences, but small enough for intimate learning and collaboration. Our department highly values diversity and inclusion and welcomes people from all backgrounds and life experiences. We are also proud to annouce that our medical physics faculty is now half women! (Currently, AAPM membership is only ~23% women.)