Medical Physics Residency Program

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.  Residents engage in a broad range of clinical duties in a well-equipped radiation oncology department with experienced physicists with both clinical and academic expertise.  Graduates are eligible to take the American Board of Radiology certification exam in Therapeutic Medical Physics and perform as independent, qualified medical physicists.  

Residency and fellowship programs training at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School benefit from the resources and interprofessional opportunities available through the Rutgers Health institutional sponsorship. Learn more about all of the Rutgers Health sponsored graduate medical education programs on our sponsoring institution webpage.

Prospective Applicants:

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.  Coursework requirements for prospective applicants may be satisfied by enrolling in the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Medical Physics program. 

The specific prerequisites for prospective applicants to medical physics residency may be found here:

Our program participates in the AAPM and SDAMPP-sponsored Medical Physics Matching Program:

Qualified applicants may apply to the residency program by enrolling in the match program and then submitting an application through the AAPM Common Application Program:

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.  Newly hired residents normally begin work on July 1.  The program has funding for up to three full-time residents. 

The Program:

The 2-year program conforms to the CAMPEP standards for a Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Curriculum:

The program is housed under Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) Graduate Medical Education (GME).  Physics residents are considered house staff and receive benefits and pay in accordance with GME policies.

Residents work primarily at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with the opportunity to rotate to other affiliated hospitals.  Residents work alongside 7 staff physicists and 3 staff dosimetrists at RWJUH. 

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 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, clinical lectures, physics/dosimetry meetings, and physics journal club, in which topical professional and research developments in the field are examined.

All residents are encouraged to engage in research projects and will be given the opportunity to present at and attend professional conferences.

* In 2013, there was initially no position available.

** In 2015, one accepted candidate left the program and was replaced.  One candidate accepted our offer but later chose not to begin the program and was replaced


Questions regarding the program may be directed to:

Program Director:

Ke Nie, PhD, Associate Professor

Program Associate Director:

Irina Vergalasova, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Department of Radiation Oncology
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany St, Room 2038
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Updated July, 2019