Medical Physics Residency Program

Medical Physics Residency Openings

The medical physics residency program in Radiation Oncology has opened in Fall of 2016, receiving CAMPEP accreditation in 2017. We currently have 4 residency slots, all filled with 2 first-year and 2 second-year residents.

We have participated in Medical Physics Match program from 2017 to 2019 with two open positions each year. For 2020 through 2022 applications, the decision was made to offer the positions internally, to the interested students of the Medical Physics graduate program at the University of Toledo.

The deadline for our 2022 residency application cycle was set to October 5 to allow the candidates to participate in the Match program if not selected for the UToledo residency.

The residency start date is July 1.  Both positions for the year 2022 have been filled.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants entering our medical physics residency educational program shall have a strong foundation in basic physics. This shall be demonstrated either by an undergraduate or graduate degree in physics, or by a degree in an engineering discipline or another of the physical sciences and with coursework that is the equivalent of a minor in physics (i.e., one that includes at least three upper-level undergraduate physics courses that would be required for a physics major). In addition, successful applicants must either have graduated from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program, or possess a Ph.D. in physics or related discipline and have completed a CAMPEP-accredited certificate program. 

Candidate Selection Process

Our interviews start shortly after the application deadline. The questions we ask in these interviews will be a mix of two types: 1) based on a nonclinical scenario and 2) clinical or technical. The first type of questions is often used by medical schools and aims to elucidate applicant’s personality and their ability to deal with both logical and ethical problems. The second type is designed to test an applicant’s experience and depth of knowledge in medical physics.

What are we looking for in an ideal resident?

Our ideal applicant will have clinical skills that we can build on.  We want you to have some real hands-on experience in the clinic so that you can say with conviction that this is the right career for you. We believe that you should really enjoy what you do and we will be looking for enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. We have a great working environment where therapists, physicians, and physicists all work together, and it is important to us that future residents will be able to comfortably work and contribute to that positive collaboration.  To that end we will be looking for an applicant with great interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team.

We want to train residents who will be successful in the field.  This includes academic skills and the ability to pass the boards exams.  We look at the ABR part 1 as an indicator for successful completion of future parts of the ABR and we will do everything we can to make sure residents are fully prepared to take and pass parts 2 and 3 upon graduation. For our second-year residents we offer a mock Part 2 exam, given at our university’s test center and fully simulating the exam environment.

Finally, an ideal applicant will have research or clinical quality improvement experience and bring some new skills to our group.

Last Updated: 9/23/22