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Radiation Oncology Physics Residency

The Department of Radiation Oncology at UC Irvine School of Medicine offers a two-year residency in Radiation Oncology Physics that is  accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).

The objective of the program is to provide the necessary knowledge base and clinical skills to ensure that upon successful completion the graduating resident is able to function safely and competently as an independent clinical radiation oncology physicist with minimal supervision.

Upon successful completion of the residency the resident would have met all eligibility requirements for the certification examination offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Therapeutic Medical Physics.

The program is administered by the Division of Medical Physics, a division within the Department of Radiation Oncology. One resident is accepted every two years. The training has both didactic and practical components and follows the guidelines for residency training recommended by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group 249.

The practical component consists of eight clinical rotations. Each rotation has its own learning objectives and is of three months duration. During these rotations, the resident is required to participate in all aspects of clinical activities of the Division of Medical Physics. The resident’s performance is evaluated at the conclusion of each rotation and (s)he is expected to be successful in order to proceed to the next rotation.

The resident attends didactic lectures in medical physics, radiation biology and clinical radiation oncology. Attendance at departmental and multidisciplinary clinical conferences is also required.

Part of the training is an assignment of several presentations as well as successful completion of clinical projects. The residents are encouraged to contribute to research activities.

For additional information regarding the Radiation Oncology Physics Residency program please contact Residency Program Coordinator, Michelle Leung, at 714-456-8074.

Physics Residency Program Statisticsa

YearApplicantsAcceptedGraduatedCertifiedClinical EmploymentsAcademic Appointments
1999b 20 1 0 0 0 0
2001 15 1 1 1 0 1
2003 N/Ac 1 1 1 1 0
2005 36 1 1 1 0 1
2007d 64 1 1 1 1 0
2009 67 1 1 1 0 1
2011 42 1 1 1 1 0
2013 96 1 1 1e 1 0
2015 96 1 1 - 0 1

a   Program capacity is 1 resident every two years, i.e. there is only one resident in the program at any one time
b   First year of program
c   Data not available 
d   First CAMPEP accreditation (reaccredited in 2012)
e    Completed ABR Certification in 2014