Medical Physics Residency Program

Program Overview

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Medical Physics Residency Program is a two-year, CAMPEP-accredited program providing training in therapeutic medical physics with highly experienced and board-certified mentors. The objective of our residency program is to prepare trainees to be qualified medical physicists with ABR certification in the specialty of Therapeutic Radiological Physics.

The UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network is one of the largest integrated cancer care networks in the United States, including 26 domestic radiation oncology centers, and four radiation oncology centers in Europe. The Medical Physics Residency Program is based at UPMC Shadyside hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, but residents also rotate through other UPMC Hillman Cancer Center practices in Pittsburgh for training in specialized topics. Residents also have the option of completing an international rotation at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center San Pietro FBF in Rome, Italy. Collectively, these practices offer a diverse assortment of technologies and perform a high volume of specialized procedures, including frameless linac-based SRS, Gamma Knife SRS, SBRT, HDR and LDR brachytherapy, 4DCT, respiratory-gated treatment, and TBI. All domestic practices in which our residents train are accredited by the American College of Radiation Oncology.

Medical physics residents receive comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; participation in the UPMC Retirement Plan; and 22 days paid time off per year, along with seven UPMC-recognized holidays. The salary for a first-year medical physics resident in 2022 is $60,000.

How to Apply

Our program accepts one new resident each year, with employment nominally beginning in July. Candidates for our program must have successfully completed a CAMPEP-accredited graduate or certificate program. Applications from candidates with either a MS or PhD degree are considered. We accept applications through MP-RAP with an application deadline of December 1. Applications are reviewed by the Interview Committee, and the highest scoring applicants are invited for an interview, typically in February. After interviews, candidates are ranked, and the vacant residency position is filled through the MedPhys Match.