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Medical Dosimetry Program

The Department of Radiation Oncology at UC Irvine School of Medicine offers a one-year training program in Medical Dosimetry to qualified candidates.

Candidates must have at least 1 year of full-time work experience as a radiation therapist in a radiation oncology clinic.

A Bachelor's degree in radiation therapy or equivalent is required.

The UC Irvine Medical Dosimetry Program is currently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Medical Dosimetry Program is to provide the necessary knowledge base and clinical skills so that, upon successful completion, the graduating student is able to function safely and competently as an independent medical dosimetrist and contribute to the profession and healthcare of the public. Furthermore, the graduating student should be fully prepared to take and pass the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB) examination.

Medical Dosimetry Program Goals

Goal 1

A graduating student should be able to function safely, competently and with minimum supervision as an entry-level medical dosimetrist.

Outcomes:

  • The student will have knowledge of treatment plans using basic as well as advanced treatment techniques.
  • The student will have knowledge, understanding and implementation of treatment protocol parameters.
  • The student will have knowledge, understanding and implementation of simple hand calculations pertaining to emergency simulation and treatment cases.
  • The student will have knowledge, understanding and the ability to handle record-and-verify systems.

Goal 2

A graduating student will possess the necessary knowledge to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in situations that may be encountered in the clinic.

Outcomes:

  • The student will have the knowledge to recommend or advise the physician on whether a specific treatment technique may be more suitable for a patient, identifying pros and cons of the recommended technique.
  • The student will have the knowledge and confidence to work with therapists and physicists on the most efficient patient setup for a special treatment procedure.

Goal 3

A graduating student will possess the skills to communicate effectively with any member of the radiation oncology team regarding any circumstance that involves a patient treatment.

Outcomes:

  • Oral presentations and written reports on self-study projects given during training should prepare the student for this task.
  • One-on-one presentation of a plan to a physician and justifying the process used to generate that plan — all part of the dosimetry training — should help with the student’s communication skills.

Goal 4

A graduating student will possess the understanding, appreciation and need for continuing education and patient confidentiality.

Outcome:

  • Continuing education and patient confidentiality through HIPAA and other training are the core fundamentals, not only of the medical dosimetry program but also the UC Irvine Radiation Oncology Department as a whole.   

Upon successful completion of the Medical Dosimetry program, the student will have met all eligibility requirements for the certification examination offered by the Medical Dosimetrist Certification Board.

Organization

The Medical Dosimetry Program is administered by the Division of Medical Physics within the Department of Radiation Oncology. The program is designed to offer the student a rigorous didactic instruction as well as practical training, as shown in the program’s curricula. Since 2015, the Medical Dosimetry Program accepts one student a year. Refer to the Medical Dosimetry Handbook for tuition and other related information.

Practical training includes 3D-CRT, IMRT, VMAT, IGRT, SRS, SBRT and simple linac-based external beam planning; high-dose-rate brachytherapy planning for gynecological treatments (e.g., tandem and ovoids, CAPRI applicator, interstitial) and accelerated partial breast irradiation treatments (e.g., SAVI, Mammosite).

The program offers the opportunity to interact with radiation oncologists and medical physics residents who can provide a collegial learning environment.

Completion rate, pass rate and job placement

Since 2007-2012, five medical dosimetry students have successfully complete the Medical Dosimetry Program at UC Irvine. All five students passed the MDCB examination on the first attempt, and all of them are currently employed. The table below summarizes this information.

Year

# of Students

Program Completion Rate

MDCB Passed at 1st
Attempt

MDCB Passed at 2nd
Attempt

Employed Within 6 Months

2007

1

100%

1 (100%)

None

1

2008

No students recruited. Commissioning of new equipment and treatment planning software.

2009

2010

No students recruited. Re-structuring of Medical Dosimetry Program.

2011

2

100%

2 (100%)

None

2

2012

2

100%

2 (100%)

None

2

2013

No students recruited. JRCERT certification in progress.

2014

No students recruited. JRCERT certification in progress.

2015

Recruitment re-opens

2016

1

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Five-year average passing rate 100 percent. Five-year average job placement, 100 percent.

2017 Medical Dosimetry Student Recruitment

We are currently accepting applications for a Medical Dosimetry student for the 2017-2018 training year. The position will be open until filled.

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For more information, please contact Michelle Leung at michelkl@uci.edu.