Medical Physics Residency Program (CAMPEP Accredited)
Program Director: Leonard Kim, Assistant Professor
The Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Residency Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is CAMPEP-accredited and intended for individuals seeking initial clinical experience as a radiation oncology physicist. We offer a collegial, mentoring environment with experienced fellow physicists with clinical and academic expertise. Residents engage in a broad range of clinical duties in a well-equipped radiation oncology department. Graduates are eligible to take the American Board of Radiology certification exam in Therapeutic Medical Physics and perform as independent, qualified medical physicists.
Applicants should hold either a CAMPEP-accredited M.S. or Ph.D. in Medical Physics or a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., physics, engineering) with additional medical physics coursework. Prospective applicants are referred to the following information on the specific prerequisites for medical physics residency: http://www.campep.org/ProspectiveApplicants.asp
Currently, Rutgers does not offer coursework to satisfy CAMPEP’s didactic prerequisites. However, a post-graduate certificate program is anticipated to begin Fall of 2014.
Qualified applicants may apply to the program through the AAPM Common Application Program: http://aapm.org/cap/
New residency openings are generally posted in the autumn with a December application deadline. Selected applicants will be invited to interview on-campus at their own expense. Interviews are typically conducted starting January with offers made in mid-February in conformance to the WGCMPR Gentleman’s Agreement. Newly hired residents normally begin work on July 1. There are currently two residents in the program.
The 2-year program conforms to the CAMPEP standards for a Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Curriculum: http://www.campep.org/ResidencyStandards.pdf
Residents work primarily out of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with the opportunity to rotate to departments at the RWJUH in Hamilton and University Hospital in Newark. Residents work alongside 7 staff physicists and 3 staff dosimetrists at New Brunswick and receive frequent and personalized feedback and guidance.
By the end of the first year, residents will have received at least 6 months of clinical experience in each of external beam treatment planning and delivery, brachytherapy, and equipment calibration and quality assurance in addition to training and participation in the radiation safety program at Rutgers and RWJUH.
In the second half of residency, using skills acquired in the first year, residents will gain experience performing independent staff physicist duties. In addition, they will receive at least 3 months clinical experience in each of Mevion proton therapy and Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery. Residents will be given every opportunity to perform acceptance, commissioning, shielding calculations, special treatments, etc. in a real clinical setting. However, should a lack of such activities arise, educational projects may be undertaken by the resident during this year to address this.
Residents attend and fully participate in weekly chart rounds, physics/dosimetry meetings, and physics journal club, in which topical professional and research developments in the field are examined. Residents will be given assistance with board preparation by the faculty.
All residents are encouraged to engage in research and didactic activities and will be given the opportunity to present at and attend professional conferences.
The Program Statistics:
Questions regarding the program may be directed to
Leonard Kim, Assistant Professor
Program Director, Medical Physics Residency