Radiation Therapy Physics Residency

The purpose of the residency is to provide the training necessary for the resident to work independently as a clinical medical physicist in radiation therapy. A secondary goal is to prepare the resident for certification by the American Board of Radiology.

The Medical Physics Residency program is three years in duration. It consists of two full years of clinical training and one year of clinical research. Training occurs in a large, state-of-the-art radiation oncology center, with additional exposure to community based hospital practice.

The curriculum provides comprehensive, mentored, hands-on experience, and progressive responsibility providing the opportunity to work towards becoming fully independent by the time residents complete the program.

The program can support two residents. We do not anticipate any openings until early 2019.

Beaumont Health is actively seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). The program follows all CAMPEP guidelines.

Applicants should have a Masters or PhD in medical physics from a CAMPEP accredited program or a PhD from a closely related field and a certificate from CAMPEP. “A certificate program is a program of didactic coursework offered by a CAMPEP-accredited graduate or residency program, intended to enable individuals with a doctoral degree in physics or a related discipline to meet the didactic requirements needed to enter a CAMPEP-accredited residency program.” The Beaumont Medical Physics Residency is a clinical training program. The applicant is expected to have the necessary formal coursework in this field.

The Clinical Physics Division of Radiation Oncology at Beaumont is currently staffed with 17 physicists and 11 dosimetrists. We provide a full range of clinical services at three cancer centers at Royal Oak, Troy and Dearborn, including:

  • IMRT
  • VMAT
  • SBRT
  • SRS
  • IGRT and Adaptive RT for both external beam
  • HDR/LDR brachytherapy

In addition, a proton therapy center with a single room IBA system is under construction, and will start clinical operation in early 2017. The three centers maintain three large bore CT scanners (Philips), one large bore PET-CT (Philips), one large bore 3T MRI (Philips), one Gamma Knife unit (Elekta), ten high-energy linear accelerators (Elekta), as well as Pinnacle planning system and MOSAIQ OIS. Eight of the ten accelerators have onboard cone beam imaging capability; five of them have dynamic VMAT delivery function and six degree-of-freedom robotic table. Extra imaging and localization devices in external beam radiotherapy include 4D real-time ultrasound and Active Breathing Control device (Elekta). In addition, 3 Nucletron HDR units with online planning systems, ultrasound units, and C-arms are utilized in the brachytherapy program.

Beaumont also has a medical residency program in radiation oncology and a dosimetry education program.

Statistics

There were approximately 30 applicants for the two current positions. Two new residents entered the program in February 2016. We do not anticipate any openings until early 2019.

Program Director

Patrick McDermott, Ph.D., FAAPM