School of Medicine

Radiation Oncology Medical Physics

Clinical Training Requirements

The clinical training for medical physics residents is designed to cover the major training for radiation oncology physics as outlined in AAPM Report No. 249, “Essentials and Guidelines for Clinical Medical Physics Residency Training Programs.”

The clinical training includes three main parts:

1. radiation oncology medical physics course,

2. medical physics clinical training, and

3. participation in conferences.

  1. Didactic Education 

In addition to an applicants completion of CAMPEP accredited medical physics courses, residents at the University of Utah are required to complete a two-year Radiation Oncology Physics Course, which is provided for both physician and physics residents.

  1. Medical Physics Clinical Training 

The two-year clinical physics training includes:

  • Dosimetry: Eclipse Treatment Planning System (3D and IMRT)
  • Dosimetry: iPlan Treatment Planning System for SRS/SBRT
  • Brachytherapy: HDR and LDR
  • Commissioning new treatment and imaging machines / devices
  • Machine QAs
  • Patient specific QAs
  • Special procedures
  1. Participation in Conferences, Lectures, Meetings, & Special Topic Journal Clubs 

  • Chart rounds is a weekly patient chart peer review. Residents will attend this meeting a minimum of twice per month.
  • Weekly physicist meeting: Residents will attend all physicist meetings.
  • Physics meeting is a weekly meeting of the physics division, including all physicists and dosimetrists. Residents will attend all physics meetings.
  • Physics QA review is monthly. Residents will attend all physics QA review meetings.
  • Physics research meeting is bi-weekly. Residents will attend all physics research meetings.
  • Radiation oncology clinical lectures are weekly. Residents will make an effort to attend.
  • Morbidity and mortality conferences are quarterly. Residents will attend all morbidity and mortality conferences.
  • Clinical in-services are periodic meetings held annually for various procedures, such as TBI, TSE, MU check, DIBH, prone breast, HDR, etc. Residents will attend all clinical in-services.
  • Visiting professor lectures in both radiation oncology and radiation physics. Residents will make an effort to attend.
  • Special topic journal club includes TG-51, TG-142, TG-101, TG-43, NRC part 10 & 20, and linac treatment room shielding.