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Didactics and Curriculum

Upon completion of the 24 month of intensive clinical training, the graduates should have adequate clinical experience in all aspects of radiation oncology physics practice and in-depth knowledge on maintaining and implementing clinical procedures, as well as establishing novel treatment modalities.

Major Objectives of the Residency Program

  1. To prepare the medical physics residents for certification in the field of radiation oncology physics by an appropriate certification board such as the American Board of Radiology (ABR).
  2. To provide in-depth training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics practice that will allow the graduates to contribute high quality medical care to radiation oncology patients, including developing clinical workflow, implementing novel treatment modalities, and initiating new treatment protocols in the clinic.
  3. The clinical residency training will be provided under close supervision of experienced radiation oncology physicists at academic and community sites. The residents will demonstrate competency in a broad range of topics through clinical performance in each rotation as well as end-of-rotation oral examinations. The residents will have the opportunity to participate in special clinical projects consisting of implementing new treatment procedures or integrating a novel technology in state-of-the-art radiation oncology centers.

In addition, the wide varieties of clinical resources, equipment and special treatment procedures performed at our clinical partners, University of Kansas Health System and community cancer centers, assure that medical physics residents receive well-rounded, hands-on and evaluated clinical training in radiation oncology physics. Medical physics residents are also encouraged to complete research projects related to clinical medical physics and submit abstracts to national meetings such as AAPM or ASTRO for presentation. Our partner, The University of Kansas Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center and a widely recognized leader in cancer treatment and research in the United States and the state of Kansas.

Training Rotations 

The medical physics residents are expected to successfully complete their rotations in the following clinical topics:

    1.Imaging, Simulation, and 3D planning 

    2.EBRT/IMRT/IGRT Part 1

    3.Brachytherapy Part 1

    4.Special Procedures (TBI, TSET, IORT)

    5.SRS/SBRT Part 1

    6.Chart check and MU calculation

    7.EBRT/IMRT/IGRT Part 2

    8.Brachytherapy Part 2

    9.Commissioning and Acceptance: LINAC,CT/PET

    10.SRS/SBRT Part 2

    11.Radiation Safety and Shielding

    12.Developmental/Research

    13.Proton Therapy

    14.Medical Physics Ethics and Professional Issues

    15.Quality Assurance

Structure of The Program 

Each rotation is under close supervision of one or two experienced faculty physicists and is typically two to three months in length. Residents are expected to discuss their hands-on clinical progress with their rotation-specific mentor(s) on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Residents will also meet with either the assistant residency program director or the program director and discuss their progress and clinical responsibility on a monthly basis. Residents are expected to keep a log book documenting all their clinical and didactic activities, attendance at conferences or tumor boards, which are reviewed during their meeting with the assistant residency program director or the program director.

Residents will be expected to attend weekly treatment planning conferences and weekly tumor boards and to actively participate in weekly physics and physician's journal clubs and other educational opportunities. Rotation-specific readings of medical physics guidelines detailed in AAPM TG reports, RTOG protocols, relevant journal articles or medical physics books are assigned by the mentor faculty physicists. Following the completion of a rotation, the resident will present a PowerPoint presentation on the specific rotation topic and he/she will be evaluated by the faculty physicists typically through an oral examination.

School of Medicine

Radiation Oncology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-5000