Thomas Jefferson University

Medical Physics Therapy Residency Program

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Thank you for your interest in the Division of Medical Physics Therapy Residency Program in the Thomas Jefferson University Department of Radiation Oncology. We offer our MS in Medical Physics Program through the Jefferson College of Health Professions. Cooperation and teamwork are the foundational elements of our program. As a hospital-based service with a major academic role in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, our department considers resident training its most important academic function.

Jefferson's Division of Medical Physics has a long-standing history of educating 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 Newark, Delaware, and the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion in Willow Grove, PA. The residency program at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) received its initial accreditation in 2008, one of the first programs in the country to achieve this recognition. With the addition of CCHS's residency program, the Division of Medical Physics Residency Program is now one of the first "hub and spoke" accredited 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. The program has also appointed associate residency program directors at both centers to assist with the newly expanded programs.

The Division of Medical Physics Residency Program at Thomas Jefferson University 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.

Our Medical Physics Therapy Residency is a clinical training program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The training program is based on the Guidelines for Accreditation of Medical Physics Residency Programs as published by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program. The program provides a two-year curriculum 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, residents will be able to demonstrate competency in all areas of radiation oncology physics and will be prepared to sit for the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiology Physics certification examination.