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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:

  • A Bachelor's degree in radiation therapy or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of full-time recent work experience as a radiation therapist in a radiation oncology clinic (no exceptions will be made)

The UC Irvine Medical Dosimetry Program is currently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). An accepted Medical Dosimetry Student is encouraged to visit the JRCERT website and learn about the JRCERT standards for an accredited Medical Dosimetry program.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Medical Dosimetry Program is to provide the necessary knowledge base and clinical skills such 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 health care 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:

  • (A) The student will have knowledge of treatment plans using basic as well as advanced treatment techniques.
  • (B) The student will have knowledge, understanding and implementation of treatment protocol parameters.
  • (C) The student will have knowledge, understanding and implementation of simple hand calculations pertaining to emergency simulation-and-treatment cases.
  • (D) The student will have knowledge, understanding, and handling of record-and-verify systems.

Goal 2

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

Outcomes:

  • (A) The student will have the knowledge to recommend/advise the physician on whether a specific treatment technique may be more suitable for a patient identifying pros and cons of the recommended technique.
  • (B) 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:

  • (A) Oral presentations and written reports on self-study projects given during training should prepare the student for this task.
  • (B) 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:

  • (A) Continuing education and patient confidentiality through HIPPAA and other training are the core fundamentals not only of the medical dosimetry program but the UCI Radiation Oncology Department as a whole. 

Upon successful completion of the program, the Medical Dosimetry student would 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 as well as practical training as shown in the program’s curricula. Since 2015, the Medical Dosimetry Program will accept one student a year. Refer to the Medical Dosimetry Handbook for tuition and other related information.

The 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 a great 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, the Medical Dosimetry Program at UC Irvine graduated 5 Medical Dosimetry students successfully. All five students passed the MDCB examination at first attempt and all of them are currently employed. In 2017, the first student graduated from a re-structured Medical Dosimetry Program. 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. Further program re-structuring and JRCERT certification in progress.

2014

No students recruited. Further program re-structuring and JRCERT certification in progress.

2015

Recruitment Re-Opens

2017

1

100%

Scheduled 2/2018

 

1

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

2018-2019 Medical Dosimetry Student Recruitment

The application window for the 2018-2019 Medical Dosimetry Program will open March 1, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled.  Interviews of selected candidates will begin April 2018. A final decision of the selected candidate will be made as early as May 2017. 

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For Additional Information

Please contact Michelle Leung at michelkl@uci.edu.