The Physics residency program at IU School of Medicine is designed to educate and train physicists to a competency level sufficient to practice radiation oncology physics independently. Appropriate facilities, staff, patient resources and educational environment are provided to achieve this goal. The primary focus of the resident’s experience in this program centers on clinical training and educational activities.
Training in clinical and technical subjects pertinent to the various areas of radiation oncology physics include rotations in orientation and safety training; dosimetric systems and detector equipment; treatment simulation; external beam megavoltage irradiation; beam commissioning and annual linear accelerator QA; special procedures (IMRT, SRS/SBRT, TBI and TSE); brachytherapy; radiation safety and protection; research/education/professional development; and advanced treatment planning.
The curriculum of the Medical Physics Residency program at IU School of Medicine is consistent with AAPM report #90, Essentials and Guidelines for Hospital-Based Medical Physics Residency Training Programs. The Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology Residency Program Handbook provides more details.
Expected areas of competence for a clinical medical physicist in radiation oncology include but are not limited to:
- Calibration of therapy equipment for photons and electrons
- Measurement and calculation of dose for photons and electrons
- Computer-based treatment planning for photons and electrons
- Quality assurance, including acceptance testing and commissioning of hardware and software used in planning and treating patients
- Brachytherapy procedures
- Training of medical residents, graduate students, dosimetrists
- Education of health professionals and the general public in radiation oncology physics and radiation effects