Division of Medical Physics
The mission of the Medical Physics Division, adopted from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, is to provide the highest quality of patient care, participate in innovative research and development, and educate future leaders in the field of radiation oncology. The medical physics division supports the code of ethics adopted by the AAPM.
Medical physicists are involved in all aspects of the department's operation and growth, providing technical supervision of every patient's treatment, comprehensive quality assurance activities, research opportunities, and educational support.
Physics supports radiation therapy programs at Bodine Center, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, Aria Health, and Riddle hospitals. Thomas Jefferson University has strong clinical and research programs in IGRT, IMRT/VMAT, stereotactic radiosurgery, brachytherapy, and quality/safety in healthcare delivery. The Radiation Oncology Department at Jefferson has state-of-the-art technologies, which include Varian TrueBeam and Elekta Agility linear accelerators, 4D conebeam CT capability, robotic couch with six degrees of freedom, 4D CT, Gamma Knife, VisionRT, Eclipse, Monaco Monte Carlo, XiO and iPlan treatment planning systems, MiMvista image analysis software, dedicated HDR suite for brachytherapy of breast, gynecological, skin and prostate cancer, LDR seed implant for prostate and other select disease sites: TBI, TSET, IORT, SRS, radioactive microspheres, and department-wide RT-PACs system. The Medical Physics Division currently consists of 14 PhD and MS level physicists, seven dosimetrists, a number of residents and research assistants, in-house IT,engineering and machine shop support.
Jefferson's physics program has a long history of educating leading medical physicists in research and clinical services. With the addition of the residency program at Christiana Care Health Systems (CCHS), the medical physics residency program at TJU is now one of the first "hub and spoke" accredited residency programs in the country through the Commission on Accreditation for Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).