Program Rotations

The program is designed to cover aspects of Radiation Oncology Therapeutic Physics training as outlined in AAPM Report No. 249, “Essentials and Guidelines for Clinical Medical Physics Residency Training Programs.” The training is designed to be a one-on-one mentored time for each rotation, look at the “Sample Rotation Schedule” provided at the end of this page.

The resident will rotate through various clinical categories under the mentorship of a board-certified and/or experienced medical physicist who will evaluate the resident’s performance. As the resident moves through structured training in each major category, he/she may also participate in other activities occurring in parallel. If new technologies are introduced within the network, then the resident will be assigned to assist with clinical implementation.

To successfully complete a rotation, the resident must:

  1. Meet all the objectives stated in the Rotation Goals document provided at the end of this page. This would be documented through the evaluation received from the clinical rotation mentor at the end of the rotation.
  2. Successfully complete any assignments or homework given by the rotation mentor.
  3. Pass an oral rotation assessment by a panel of clinical physicists. This oral assessment is an independent verification that the resident has attained the required knowledge during the rotation. These oral assessments occur at a frequency of once per 3 months, as such more than one rotation might be assessed at the same setting.

To successfully finish the program, the resident must:

  1. Successfully complete all rotations
  2. Successfully pass the first end-of-year exam
  3. Successfully pass the second end-of-year exam

Ideally, the residents are expected to finish the above in 24 months. Extensions are given, if needed, to allow the residents more time to successfully pass the rotations and/or exams. Refer to the document entitled “Counseling and Due Process” at the end of this webpage. for more information.

Attendance at various relevant seminars, tumor boards, chart rounds, and journal clubs will be documented by the resident and will be reviewed monthly by the program director.

360 Degree Rotation

Through each rotation evaluation, the program director receives feedback on the academic, clinical and behavioral attitude of the resident. At the same time, in one-on-one confidential meetings the residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the mentorship level they are getting and the attitude and behavior of the mentors. This feedback is used to update and upgrade the rotations as well as to guide mentors towards best-practice approaches for teaching and training.