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Medical Physics Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in our medical physics residency at Jefferson. You can be sure that cooperation and teamwork set the atmosphere of our program. As a hospital-based service with a major academic role within the medical college, our department considers resident training its most important academic function.

The Medical Physics Division of Radiation Oncology has a long-standing history of educating medical physics residents over the past 20 years, and has recently expanded to include the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care Health System (CCHS) in Delaware. The residency program at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) received its initial accreditation in 2008, making it one of the first programs in the country to achieve this recognition. With the addition of the residency program at 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). This expansion is mutually beneficial to both parties and provides opportunities for the training of new medical physicists. This new course of the program has been spearheaded by the Residency Program Director, Amy Harrison, MS. The program has also appointed Associate Residency Program Directors at both centers to assist with the newly expanded programs. They are Virginia Lockamy, PhD (TJUH) and Firas Mourtada, PhD (CCHS).

The medical physics residency at Jefferson is a two-year training program (PGY 1-2). Residents will be expected to have completed a comprehensive curriculum in Medical Physics with a strong foundation in basic physics and a degree in physics or related engineering or physical science with coursework equivalent to a minor in physics.  Some clinical experience during graduate education is preferred.

The Medical Physics Residency Training Program in Radiation Oncology Physics is a clinical training program at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The training program is based on the Guidelines for Accreditation of Medical Physics Residency Programs as published by Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program. The program is directed toward providing a two year program of progressive supervised clinical training for graduates of medical physics, traditional physics and closely related fields. Additional medical physics didactic training will be provided to graduates of other physics-related programs.

The objective of the residency program is to provide training in radiation oncology physics in a structured clinical environment for individuals wishing to practice professional radiation oncology physics. Residents, under the supervision of board certified therapeutic radiologic physicists, will participate in the routine clinical duties of a Radiation Oncology staff physicist. At the conclusion of the program the resident will be able to demonstrate competency in all areas of radiation oncology physics and will be prepared to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiology Physics.