Medical Physics Residency Program

The mission of the Medical Physics Residency Program at East Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) is to prepare individuals to practice independently as certified medical physicists in radiation oncology. Those who successfully complete the residency will gain the experience and knowledge necessary to oversee routine clinical procedures and to establish novel techniques.

The primary objectives of the Medical Physics Residency Program include:

  • Prepare graduates for certification in therapeutic medical physics by an appropriate certification board;
  • Provide graduates with onsite training under the close supervision of experienced therapeutic physicists; and
  • Enable graduates to immediately contribute to the quality of patient care in radiation therapy clinics by providing a broad-based and in depth medical physics training experience.

The Medical Physics Residency Program emphasizes all areas of training that will be needed by a therapeutic medical physicist in an ACR accredited, state-of-the-art treatment facility. Specific clinical training areas include: 1) 3DCRT/IMRT/VMAT, robotic and linac-based SBRT, Gamma Knife SRS, HDR brachytherapy, and unsealed radiopharmaceutical therapies. Additionally, the program will also expose residents to management of a single accelerator, community-based, free-standing facility. Over the past ten years, nine residents have been trained and obtained jobs in therapeutic clinics, most of whom have been certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

RESIDENCY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Position Type

Medical Physics Resident/Clinical Instructor/Clinical Fellow

Full Time Equivalent (FTE)

1.0

Overview

The Residency Program consists of two years of rotations, giving the Resident experience with a complete range of therapeutic medical physics clinical procedures. The Resident will join a clinical team to include Medical Physicists certified by the American Board of Radiology; Dosimetrists; and Radiation Oncologists. Faculty physicists also support the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physicists Education Program (CAMPEP) accredited degree program in Medical Physics, offered through the Department of Physics at East Carolina University.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will join a clinical program in a University setting with a full range of radiation therapy offerings, to include Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), High Dose-rate Radiotherapy (HDR), and radio-pharmaceuticals. The Medical Physics team provides clinical support for a Gamma Knife Perfexion Stereotactic Radiosurgery facility, an M6 CyberKnife, two TrueBeam linac machines, and a third Varian Edge linac machine to be operational early in the Resident term. In March 2018, a new six-story Cancer Tower is scheduled to open at Vidant Medical Center, which will house this equipment.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master's Degree from an appropriately accredited institution in Medical Physics or a closely related field.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation

Board Certification or eligibility for certification by American Board of Radiology.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

PhD preferred in Medical Physics or a closely related field.

Special Instructions to Applicant

East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. In addition to submitting a candidate profile online, please submit online the required applicant documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • List of Three References (noting contact information)

AA/EOE

East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at 252-737-1016 (Voice/TTY).

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATE DATA

Year Applicants Applicants Offered Admission Applicants Enrolled Graduates
2008 36 4 1 2
2009 39 1 2 -
2010 0 - - 1
2011 43 1 1 2
2012 8 - - -
2013 27 1 1 1
2014 9 1 - -
2015 0 - - 2
2016 12 2 - -
2017 9 1 2 -

FORMER RESIDENT DATA

Position No. Start End Last Known Position
966521 11/15/07 12/15/08 Admitted to the ECU Biomedical Physics PhD Program
966535 11/15/07 10/31/08 Clinical Med Phy, RadOnc, Saint Luke's Cancer Institute KANSAS CITY, MO
966531 11/15/07 03/31/08 Clinical Med Phy, RadOnc, Sentara Healthcare System NORFOLK, VA
966531 09/15/08 08/31/10 Clinical Med Phy, RadOnc, Alfond Center for Cancer Care AUGUSTA, ME
966535 03/13/09 09/07/11 Clinical Med Phy, RadOnc, Elliot Hospital, MANCHESTER, NH
966521 03/13/09 10/31/11 Clinical Med Phy, RadOnc, McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, FLORENCE, SC
966531 09/30/11 08/16/13 Clinical Med Phy, RadOnc, Scripps Clinic Radiation Therapy Center, VISTA, CA
966521 07/31/13 02/28/15 Med Phy Resident, RadOnc, University of Oklahoma, NORMAN, OK
966521 08/29/14 09/15/15 Unknown