For the 2020-2021 season, UAB will be conducting virtual interviews due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  More information will be provided to applicants.

Welcome to UAB’s Medical Physics Residency Program. We are proud to offer our residents a collaborative, multidisciplinary training environment to educate some of the country’s finest medical physicists. Our goal is to provide in-depth clinical training in therapeutic medical physics as well as cultivate leaders in the field via professional development, research opportunities, and training in a multidisciplinary setting at a comprehensive cancer center. Upon completion, the graduates will have gained the experience and knowledge base necessary to establish and maintain robust clinical procedures, implement new technologies and be a valued member of the multidisciplinary treatment team.

The UAB Department of Radiation Oncology’s Medical Physics Residency Program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). Residents’ training incorporates rotations with experts in all aspects of radiation oncology physics via clinical rotations, departmental conferences, and clinical service supervised by medical physics faculty. 

Throughout the two year training program, our residents work with a our dedicated faculty to become experts in modern radiotherapy techniques, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), proton therapy, radiosurgery, adaptive radiotherapy, image-guided radiotherapy, brachytherapy, and special procedures such as total body irradiation, and total skin electron beam therapy. Residents also learn from our faculty experts in the areas of clinical scripting, surface imaging, quality assurance, quality and safety management, along with the tools needed to become a QMP.  Graduates of our program are well equipped to become national leaders in medical physics.

The Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in Medical Physics. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Our Mission

  • Prepare the graduate for certification in the specialty of Radiation Oncology Physics by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).
  • Provide broad based, in-depth instruction that will permit the graduate to immediately contribute to the quality of medical care received by radiation oncology patients.
  • To prepare trainees for any future practice environment, including academic positions or private practice.
  • To foster an atmosphere of equity, diversity, and inclusion that embraces every member of the team and provides an environment conducive for learning, personal growth and professional development. 
  • To foster an atmosphere of learning that promotes critical thinking, collaboration and discussion by providing a collegial, multidisciplinary environment. 
  • Training will take place under the direct 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 community-based free-standing facility.
          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 25 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
2020    1 1  0  0  0 1 0

 Name  Matriculation Graduation Certification Status Last Known Position
Xiaodong Zhao, PhD July 1, 2020 June 30, 2022 (expected)  Completed ABR part 1  Current resident
Daniel Bridges, PhD July 1, 2019 June 30, 2021 (expected) Completed ABR part 1 Current resident
Yuan Yuan, PhD July 1, 2018 June 30, 2020  Completed ABR part 1 MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
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