Entrance2The 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.

For more information about the Medical Physics Residency Program, please click on any of the links below:

Trainees in the program must meet the eligibility requirements of the Department and the Commission on Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). The resident must hold a doctorate degree in physics, physical science, or engineering. Applicants must have either graduated from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program, have completed a CAMPEP-accredited certificate program, or have taken and passed coursework that satisfies the CAMPEP standards for graduate education. For coursework completed outside of a CAMPEP-accredited program, documentation of review by the Graduate Education Program Review Committee (GEPRC) of CAMPEP is strongly preferred.
UAB offers one medical physics resident position each year and this position begins at the PGY1 level. Dr. Richard Popple is the Residency Director; Dr. Elizabeth Covington is the Associate Director. Sunny Scott is the Program Coordinator. Her e-mail is sscott@uabmc.edu.

Questions regarding the program can be submitted via the following link: Medical Physics Residency.
Applications should be submitted through AAPM’s Common Application Program (CAP)
The Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program is 24 months in length to include 8 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.

The UAB Department of Radiation Oncology prides itself on remaining at the technological forefront of the industry. Our primary technologies include:

Simulation

    • 4D CT simulation, using the Varian Real-time Position Management™ (RPM) system with the CT simulator and PET/CT unit

Treatment planning and dosimetry

    • Eclipse™ treatment planning system for 3D planning
    • Eclipse intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
    • Eclipse planning for RapidArc™ radiotherapy technology
    • Hyperarc™ for intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery
    • Eclipse Brachyvision
    • Portal dosimetry for IMRT verification
    • Remote treatment planning

Treatment delivery

    • 4D integrated treatment console
    • Clinac® iX linear accelerator with OBI (kV and CBCT)
    • TrueBeam STx linear accelerator
    • Edge linear accelerator
    • RapidArc™ radiotherapy technology
    • Real-time Position Management™ (RPM) system for respiratory gating
    • Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS) for surface guided radiotherapy
    • Varian Bravos Afterloader

IGRT treatment localization

    • OBI radiographic: kV-kV anatomy matching
    • OBI CBCT

Intracranial and extracranial stereotactic radiosurgery

    • HyperArc™ for intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)
    • Virtual Cone for trigeminal neuralgia and thalamotomy
    • Stereotactic body image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) with hypo-fractionation
    • Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS) for surface guided radiotherapy
    • CBCT guidance for hypo-fractionated treatments

Oncology information systems

    • ARIA™ oncology information system
    • Networking environment (WAN, LAN, HL7)
    • Remote treatment planning
Salary is link to the resident physician salary PGY level 1 for incoing residents and PGY level 2 for the second year. Current values are available here.

Benefits are provided by the hospital and 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 Academic 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
2014 122 1 1 1 0 1 0 0
2015 72 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
2016 34 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 33 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
2018 35 1 1 2 0 1 0 0
2019 26 1 1 1 0 1 0 0

 Name  Matriculation Graduation Certification Status Last Known Position
Daniel Bridges, PhD July 1, 2019 June 30, 2021 Completed ABR part 1 Current resident
Yuan Yuan, PhD July 1, 2018 June 30, 2020 (expected) Completed ABR part 1 Current resident
Rodney Sullivan, PhD July 1, 2017 June 30, 2019  Completed ABR part 2 University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Jesse Snyder, PhD July 1, 2016 June 30, 2018 Completed ABR part 2 Cowell Family Center
Munson Healthcare
Traverse City, MI
James Kraus, PhD July 1, 2015 June 30, 2017 ABR University of Alabama at Birmingham
(Proton Center)
Birmingham, AL
Mi Huang, PhD July 1, 2013 June 30, 2015 ABR Duke Medical School
Durham, NC
Sidi Ben Habib, PhD July 1, 2012 June 30, 2014 ABR Inova Fairfax Hospital
Falls Church, VA
Yu Yuan, PhD August 29, 2011 September 1, 2013 ABR St. Vincent's East
Birmingham, AL