Medical Physics Residency
Program Goals and Objectives
The program offers comprehensive training and experience in radiation oncology physics to candidates with MS or PhD degrees in medical physics from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program. The training involves full participation of the physics resident in the clinical routine, under the supervision of the Program Director and the physics staff. Comprehensive training and experience are provided in the broad areas of equipment calibration, radiation dosimetry, treatment planning, radiation shielding, facility design, radiation protection, and quality assurance.
The program received CAMPEP accreditation in 2012 (renewed through 2021), and is designed in accordance with the residency document of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. After successful completion of this training, the candidate will have covered the essential curricula for the board certification examination in radiation oncology physics, and be competent to practice medical physics in an entry-level position in a clinical or academic environment.
The Medical Physics Residency Program is fully integrated into the day-to-day operations of the Department of Radiation Oncology. There is constant interaction between the medical physics residents and the staff oncologists, dosimetrists, therapists, and nurses. In addition, medical physics residents have ample opportunities to interact with other departments, including Radiology, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, and other clinics as they relate to patient care.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is equipped with a wide array of state-of-the-art technology, providing residents with the opportunity to train on up-to-date equipment. Equipment and facilities at the main campus include:
- 3 Linacs – 2 Elekta Versa, and 1 Elekta Infinity
- Tomotherapy HD
- CyberKnife M6
- Flexitron (HDR)
- Mobetron (IORT)
- Prostate seed implant program (VariSeed)
- IGRT capabilities (CBCT, Vision RT)
Meet our faculty HERE!
Research advisors for the 3-year residency program
Meet our current residents HERE!
The residency program accepts two residents per year for the 2-year program and no more than one resident for the 3-year program.
The 2-year program follows the standard 24-month clinical curriculum, as described above. The 3-year program consists of the same 24-month clinical curriculum and two additional 6-month research rotations, which are scheduled by the Program Director based on the physics resident’s progress through clinical rotations and the research advisor’s recommendations.
Data on past residency years can be found HERE. Information on salary and benefits can be found HERE.
- UNC participates in the medical physics residency match program, so due dates will be aligned with that process.
- For residency beginning on July 1, 2022, the application deadline is December 15, 2021.
To apply to the 2-year UNC Medical Physics Residency Program, please use the Residency Common Application (CAP) portal on the AAPM website (now called “MP-RAP”). All applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program. If you have questions about the application process for the 2-year program, please contact Chrissa Gerard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome applications for the 3-year program from both internal candidates (i.e. current residents in their first year of the 2-year program, seeking a +1 year research extension) and external candidates. External applicants interested in the 3-year program must first apply to the 2-year residency program through MP-RAP. Applicants whose personal statement expresses a strong interest in continuing medical physics research, and whose CV demonstrates impressive research accomplishments, will be offered the opportunity to have their application considered simultaneously for the 2-year and 3-year programs. For more details about the application process for the 3-year UNC Medical Physics Residency Program, please contact the Associate Residency Director, Leith Rankine, at Leith_Rankine@med.unc.edu.
All other residency questions should be sent to:
Eric Schreiber, Ph.D., DABR
Program Director, Medical Physics Residency
Department of Radiation Oncology
North Carolina Cancer Hospital
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
If you are being considered for the residency position, you may be asked to visit the University of North Carolina for an interview with the Program Director and selected physics staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews for the 2022 residency positions will be virtual.
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