The Washington University Radiation Oncology Therapeutic Physics Residency Program has two positions available with a start date of July 1, 2020. The program provides two years of clinical training in radiation oncology physics to individuals with an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in physics or a closely related field. The ideal candidates must have fulfilled CAMPEP requirements at the time of starting the training program. The program’s objectives are to provide clinical training in radiation oncology physics that will prepare graduates for board certification and a professional career in radiation oncology physics as well as provide real-world opportunities for leadership in a variety of clinically-relevant settings.
About the Residency Program:
In 1997, our Physics Residency Program (established in 1992) became the first CAMPEP-accredited program. Forty seven individuals have thus far completed the program and our graduates have established an exceptional record in obtaining board certification and initiating highly successful medical physics careers, with over a third in leadership positions in academia, clinical settings and industry.
The training involves full participation by the physics residents in the routine clinical activities under the supervision of the 34 Physics faculty, in addition to didactic lectures on radiation physics, biology, therapy, dosimetry, imaging, and ethics. In the first year, comprehensive training and experience is provided in the areas of clinical dosimetry, treatment planning, multi-modality imaging for planning, IGRT, IMRT, brachytherapy (HDR, LDR, radiopharmaceuticals, and interstitial), radiosurgery, quality assurance, and radiation safety. The first year also includes quality assurance responsibilities (primarily monthly and annual linac and CT QA, but no routine IMRT patient-specific QA as there is a dedicated team for this).
The second year is intended to give residents the full, independent experience (with appropriate supervision) in all aspects of clinical coverage, with responsibilities and opportunities similar to those of our faculty. Training in proton therapy, MRI-guided therapy, total body irradiation, and stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy procedures is also provided.
The residents are encouraged to participate in innovative projects and research, and residents have a long standing record of successful peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national meetings during residency. A full month free of clinical duties is dedicated to this pursuit in the second year. The Washington University environment is very rich in cutting edge developments and opportunities and faculty support is plentiful.
About the Radiation Oncology Department at Siteman Cancer Center:
External beam delivery and treatment planning equipment includes:
16 Varian accelerators (incl. Trilogy, TrueBeam, Edge, and Halcyon)
2 MR-IGRT systems (both Co-60 and Linac-based)
Gamma Knife ICON
Philips and Siemens CT-simulators
Philips 1.5-T MRI simulator
Varian Eclipse treatment planning systems with Aria
Two HDR remote afterloading units
Specialized techniques include:
Cardiac ablation for ventricular tachycardia
MRI-guided online adaptive RT with real-anatomy, real-time gating
Upcoming projects will give residents multiple opportunities for commissioning new equipment and novel technologies, including HIFU, a second proton facility, new HDR units, several new linacs, etc. All training is conducted within our APEx-accredited NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center Facility.
We encourage you to learn more about our program, including our Core Values and details of our Ambassador Program to connect with former graduates, at http://medphys.wustl.edu.
How to Apply:
Please note: we are not participating in the Match Program this year. Instead, please send an email indicating your interest to to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
A short (2-3 paragraphs) answer to one of the following questions:
How will your specific skills or experience help us further one or more of our Core Values?
What is your understanding of the role of a medical physicist in the context of a radiation oncology department?
All materials should be received by September 20, 2019. The onsite interviews and final selection will be made by November 20, 2019 with an intent not to affect applicant participation in the regular match. Transportation and lodging expenses for the on-site interview will be covered. Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
About Washington University in Saint Louis
Please visit our websites at wustl.edu and radonc.wustl.edu to learn more.
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