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What to expect when you become a UAB Radiology Medical Physics Resident:

You will become a part of our family. The investment of time in resident relationships will last well beyond these short 2 years, and we want to be bonded as a family throughout our careers. The medical physicists and radiologists you meet here will be a resource you can turn to throughout your career.

You will be known. Our ten medical physicists, six engineers, and two QC specialists are a big enough group to offer lots of opportunities, yet a small enough group that you’ll become well acquainted with everyone. Wednesday medical physics lunches are also a time when you’ll meet a radiation oncology physicist or two and occasionally a radiologist. Noon conferences are a great time to meet all the radiology faculty and residents.

Your input and contributions are important. We put high value in our resident involvement in decision making within our residency. Residents are involved in committees overseeing quality improvement, radiation safety, and more. We have professional development funds to support sending our residents to national medical physics meetings.

Your wellness is a priority. We work to create an environment where you will thrive both at work and outside of work. We have built a wellness initiative within our department. Examples include allowing flexibility in schedule to allow for doctor’s appointments and activities outside work with technologists and radiologists.

You will become a GREAT medical physicist. UAB is a tertiary referral center for the southeast and level 1 trauma center. The volume and variety of cases and equipment you will be exposed to will be enough to make you confident to practice anywhere in the country. We have more than 65 subspecialty radiologists and ten medical physicists, many of whom are known across the country. We have fellowships in every subspecialty, and an active radiology resident program. And bonus – everything is on one campus! You will get your steps in to be sure, but will minimize the miles on your car.

Your education is highly valued. Our residents are a priority in our department and we have engaged teaching faculty. We have a robust didactic curriculum based on the ABR blueprints, but also devote time to learning about business and leadership, participate in monthly journal clubs, and utilize national curricula such as RSNA Patient Centered Care curriculum. Our faculty enjoy teaching residents and are involved in the hospital and clinics on a daily basis.

You can encourage the next generation of medical physics. Exercise your educator muscles by teaching medical students and giving lectures both to rotating medical students and introductory lectures to our new residents.

You can truly LIVE in the “magic city”. Named for its overnight explosion of population during the steel era, Birmingham continues to grow in people, food, and culture. Red Mountain Park and Ruffner Mountain Nature Center each have over 1000 acres of land for hiking and other outdoor activities. The cost of living remains relatively low, many radiology residents choose to buy houses here, and there are affordable apartments. You can enjoy all the new and classic restaurants, bars, and parks in Birmingham easily on a resident salary.

You can do great research. We encourage resident-driven research. We have some brilliant, creative faculty who are leading the way in both clinical and translational research, who can help you publish and pave the way of the future! Residents are encouraged to participate and are reimbursed when they present at national meetings.

You will be prepared for the board exams. We have 10 dedicated physicists who are passionate about teaching everything you need to know about medical physics.

You can be who you are. Let’s face it, residency hits right in the middle of real life! People run marathons, build houses, travel, and start and grow families while they are here.