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Radiation Oncology Physics Residency

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Welcome to the Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program!

Thank you for your interest in the Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, Department of Human Oncology. We hope you will find our website helpful and informative as you go through the process of selecting and applying for a residency program. We welcome your comments and feedback about our site. Feel free to contact any of the following individuals:

Rupak K. Das, Ph.D., Residency Program Director

DiAnne Genrich,Residency Program Coordinator

The deadline for applications for a possible position beginning July 1, 2015 is November 30, 2014.

Program Objectives

The Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program is a two-year program designed for individuals with a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics from an approved institution, preferably from an CAMPEP accredited program, who seek training in clinical radiation oncology physics in preparation for a clinical medical physicist career. The Program's objective is to provide clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics. Upon completion of the program, a certificate will be issued and the trainee will be well prepared for board certification and a professional career in radiation oncology.

The Clinical Residency Program training involves full-time participation of the physics resident in the clinical routine under the supervision of experienced radiation oncology physicists. Comprehensive training and experience is provided in the areas of radiation safety, radiation machine calibration, quality assurance, clinical dosimetry, treatment planning, treatment aid design and fabrication, and brachytherapy.

Trainees of this Program should be qualified for certification in the specialty of Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology and/or Radiation Oncology Physics by the American Board of Medical Physics. Graduates will have received sufficient clinical training that should prepare them for work as a radiation oncology physicist.

Organizational Structure

The Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program is an official program within the University of Wisconsin, Departments of Human Oncology and Medical Physics. The Department of Human Oncology is responsible for all technical and professional components of radiation oncology (including the employment of medical physics residents). The Department of Human Oncology and Medical Physics are responsible for the didactic course work. In this academic medical partnership, the Departments of Human Oncology and Medical Physics work together to provide the highest quality of patient care, world-class research, and excellence in education. The residency program faculty consists of faculty within the Medical School and staff of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC).

The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is a federation of several institutions owned by the University and other independent institutions. It consists of several departments (Radiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Surgery etc.) providing training to physician residents. The Division of Radiation Oncology is the central radiation therapy facility for the complex of hospitals and clinics associated with University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. The Physics Residency Program utilizes the following facilities (1) University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, (2) Beloit Memorial Hospital Radiation Oncology Clinic, (3) Freeport Cancer Center, (4) Manitowoc Radiation Oncology Clinic and (5) Wausau Radiation Center. Ten staff radiation oncologists and six physician residents are involved in intramural and cooperative group clinical protocols and the provision of patient care. The physician staff is responsible for the treatment of approximately 2,000 new cancer patients per year. The satellite centers are within approximately 100 miles from the UW Medical Center.

The Radiation Oncology Physics Section includes physicists from the Department of Human Oncology and the Department of Medical Physics and is one of the premier groups in the country. It consists of a large number of radiation oncology physicists, research physicists, engineers, and computer scientists, along with dosimetrists, technicians and physics residents.

As will be described in later sections, our physics residents have rigorous training in:
Calibration of therapy equipment Calculation and measurement of dose Computer dose planning Physical treatment planning Design and fabrication of treatment aids Quality assurance