The UAB Department of Radiation Oncology’s Medical Physics Residency Program is proud to offer a comprehensive residency program that produces experts in radiation oncology physics. 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.

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. 

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.

UAB offers one medical physics resident position each year, beginning July 1st.We accept applications through the MedPhys Match, and honor the american Association of Physicists in Medicine MedPhys Match Program Residency Agreement throughout our interview process.  For more information click here or visit our How To Apply section.

Residency Program Details

Salary & Benefits

Medical Physics residents salary is based on the physician salary PGY level 1 for incoming 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).

Rotations

The Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program is 24 months in length to include 8 rotations (listed below), attendance at conferences, recommended readings, written report assignments, training exercises and oral examinations. In addition to the experiences from clinical rotations, the medical physics residents receive clinical training through their participation in quality assurance on the linear accelerators and IMRT quality assurance measurements. As the resident progresses through the clinical rotations, they become competent in clinical services, serving as the “physicist of the day” and providing first response physics support to all activities within the clinic under the supervision of the clinical faculty. Other clinical services include high dose rate brachytherapy, patient specific QA, in-vivo dosimetry, and special medical physics consults.

Rotation 1

Rotation Title: Basic clinical radiotherapy physics
Mentor:Rodney Sullivan, PhD

Rotation 2

Rotation Title: Treatment Planning
Mentor: Jean Guy Belliveau, PhD
Secondary Mentor: Rex Cardan, PhD

Rotation 3

Rotation Title: Brachytherapy and radiation safety
Mentor: Sui Shen, PhD
Secondary Mentor: Xingen Wu, PhD

Rotation 4

Rotation Title: Advanced planning with IMRT/VMAT, IGRT and special procedures
Primary Mentor: Dennis N. Stanley, Ph.D.
Secondary Mentor: Zohaib Iqbal, PhD.

Rotation 5

Rotation Title: SRS, SGRT, and Imaging
Mentor: Xingen Wu, PhD
Secondary Mentor: Richard Popple PhD

Rotation 6

Rotation Title: Body radiosurgery and respiratory motion management
Mentor: Sui Shen, PhD
Secondary Mentor: Rodney Sullivan, PhD

Rotation 7

Rotation Title: Beam commissioning and equipment quality assurance
Mentor: James Kraus, PhD
Secondary mentor: Joseph Harms, PhD

Rotation 8

Rotation Title: Protons and Shielding
Mentor: Rex Cardan, PhD
Secondary Mentor: Dennis N. Stanley,PhD

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