University of Nebraska Medical Center


Building a Strong Clinical, Didactic Foundation in a State-of-the-Art Cancer Center

The 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 Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in June 2017. The $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 the Buffett Cancer Center includes two Varian TrueBeams, one  Varian Edge radiosurgery system, Elekta Flexitron HDR, two 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.

“The residency training at UNMC emphasized exposure to diverse treatment facilities and hands-on clinical experience. All physicists in the program were willing to share their invaluable experience and knowledge, and helped me develop solid clinical skills. ”

Anthony Ma

Anthony Ma, resident 2015-2016

Medical physicist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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.

A Vibrant, Growing Department

The department has eight faculty physicists, seven faculty physicians, six dosimetrists, four physics residents, and four physician residents. It's 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.