The rotation schedule is meant to give the resident exposure to all areas of clinical physics, as documented in AAPM reports 79 and 197.  The listed rotation schedule can be modified to accommodate activities such as new equipment commissioning, which may happen only once during the residency period.  The first six months of the program is concentrated in dosimetry, which serves as the foundation for the resident’s preparation in clinical medical physics.  The resident is also assigned guided readings, such as AAPM Task Group reports, that are applicable for each rotation.  The residents meet with the program director and rotation supervisor every two weeks to review the progress of the resident as well as to review the guided readings.  At the end of the first year, the resident will take an oral exam on the areas covered.  At the end of the second year, the resident will take a cumulative oral exam that will follow the ABR format.


Rotation Schedule:

The rotation schedule shown below is not meant to be an exhaustive schedule, and it is subject to change to accommodate the needs of the clinic.


Year 1

Quarters 1 and 2:


Introduction to Machine QA

Introduction to Patient Specific QA


Quarter 3:


SBRT planning and QA

Arc treatment planning and QA

Treatment machine Annual QA

Plan checks


Quarter 4:


Motion Management

Special Dosimetry Measurements


Special Procedures

Treatment Machine Annual QA


Year 2

Quarter 1:


Nuclear medicine

Radiation Safety


Quarter 2:

Facility Design

Equipment acceptance and commissioning

Treatment planning system commissioning


Quarter 3:

Treatment checks

Weekly Chart Checks

Special dosimetry measurements and calculations


Quarter 4:

QA for clinical trials

Professional development

Interview skills

Grant writing skills