Residency Curriculum

OHSU’s Medical Physics Residency Program is a CAMPEP accredited two year residency program. Residents are provided with a residency training schedule that provide an overview of each clinical rotation, the duration of each rotation, learning objectives, evaluation points, and reading materials. Residents are provided with a tracking portal account to log and track clinical cases during each clinical rotation.

The program is structured into 16 rotations spread over 2 years of training. 50% of rotation are core rotations. Specialty rotations, primarily in year 2, overlap with core rotations.

Year 1 rotation schedule

Year 1 consists of close work with medical physicists and dosimetrists
  • Dosimetry
  • Radiation Safety
  • Quality Assurance
  • Linac Annual Quality Assurance
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery/Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
  • Cyber Knife
  • Gamma Knife
  • Tomo Annual Quality Assurance
  • Project Elective

Year 2 rotation schedule

Year 2 residents are provided with autonomy to develop independent thinking and problem solving skills
  • Tomotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Shielding Design
  • Therapeutic Imaging
  • Special Procedures: Total Body Irradiation
  • Special Procedures: Total Skin Electron Therapy
  • Linac Annual Quality Assurance
  • Acceptance & Commissioning
  • Project Elective

Residents are required to attend and participate in:

  • Contour/Chart Rounds (Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Physics Journal Club (Monthly)
  • Radiation Biology Course (Annually)
  • Physics Didactics (Weekly)

Residents are encouraged to attend:

  • Tumor Boards
  • Graduate Medical Physics Journal Club
  • Graduate Medical Physics Advanced Imaging Course

Residents are also required to instruct in a lecture or practicum setting to the graduate students and/or medical residents.

The Medical Physics Residency Program does not contain a research requirement but residents are strongly encouraged to develop this skillset through clinical implementation projects which require literature review, experimentation, and documentation. Example of such projects include:

  • Beam modelling and validation testing of VersaHD in Eclipse prior to FDA release
  • Modelling and validation of a couch top designed to create compatibility between the Hexapod table and the Calypso tracking system