Medical Physics Residency Program

The goal of the Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is to prepare individuals to practice independently as a certified medical physicist in Radiation Oncology. Upon completion, the graduate should have the experience and knowledge base necessary to implement and maintain routine clinical procedures, and establish novel techniques.

Major objectives of the program include:

  • Prepare the graduate for certification in the specialty of Radiation Oncology Physics by an appropriate certification board.
  • Provide broad based, in-depth instruction that will permit the graduate to immediately contribute to the quality of medical care received by the radiation oncology patient.
  • Training will take place under the close supervision of experienced radiation oncology medical physicists. The program emphasizes all areas of training and experience that will be needed by a radiation oncology medical physicist in a “state-of-the-art” treatment facility, as well as expose them to management of a single accelerator community-based free-standing facility.

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UAB offers one medical physics resident position each year, and this position begins at the PGY1 level. Dr. Richard Popple is the Residency Director. Holly Downing is the Program Coordinator. Questions regarding the program should be directed to Ms. Downing at hdowning@uabmc.edu.

Application should be submitted through AAPM’s Common Application Program (CAP)

The Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program is 24 months in length to include 13 rotations, attendance at conferences, recommended readings, didactic courses, written report assignments, and oral examinations. In addition to the experiences from didactic training and clinical rotations, the medical physics residents receive clinical training through their participation in monthly quality assurance on the linear accelerators, perform IMRT quality assurance measurements in film and ionization chambers, and perform electron cutout measurements. As the resident progresses through the clinical rotations they begin to participate in post-planning and weekly chart review, high dose rate brachytherapy quality assurance, and become the “physicist of the day” providing first response physics support to all activities within the clinic. Courses and conferences are mandatory. The progression of the resident through these clinical responsibilities is evaluated and discussed with the resident during quarterly reviews with the program director. The purpose of the quarterly review is to discuss with the resident her/his progression through the program, i.e. successful completion of each rotation, participation in conferences and courses, her/his evolution in QA participation, and general performance within the department. This review also provides the residents an opportunity to voice any concerns they may have about the learning environment.

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Benefits include:

  • Shared-cost health and dental insurance coverage
  • Paid sick time
  • Individual work space and computer

For more information about benefits, please refer to the You and UAB handbook. Medical physics residents are in the 07 assignment category(Interns/Residents).

           Total number employed by sector   
Year Number of Applicants Number Accepted Number Completing Program Total Number Certified Industry Clinical Adademic Other
 2011  12  1  0  0 0 0 0 0
 2012  72  1  0  0 0 0 0 0
 2013  100  1  1  0 0 1 0 0