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Imaging Physics Residency Program

Program Goal

The Residency Program in Diagnostic Imaging Physics is a two-year clinical training program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for medical physicists who intend to work in diagnostic imaging physics.

The program follows the recommendations outlined in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Report 90 Essentials and Guidelines for Hospital Based Medical Physics Residency Training Programs and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program (CAMPEP).

Time in residence in this program may be applied toward the experience required to qualify for examination by the American Board of Radiology (ABR), the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP), or the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine (ABSNM).

Objective

The objective of the residency program is to provide structured clinical training in imaging physics to individuals wishing to practice medical physics as a profession. Residents, under the supervision of board-certified medical physicists, will participate in the routine clinical duties of a medical imaging physicist, perform a clinical research project, submit the results of this project to a peer-reviewed journal, and participate in the education of other trainees.

At the conclusion of the program, the resident will be expected to demonstrate competence in each area by passing an oral exam modeled closely after the national board certification examinations. Residents will gain experience with the full range of state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment.

During the program, the resident will participate in clinical duties including the following:

  • evaluation of medical imaging equipment performance
  • development of quality control procedures
  • estimation of patient radiation dose
  • protocol design
  • investigation of abnormal radiation exposures
  • consultation regarding technical aspects of equipment purchase
  • evaluation of image quality and artifacts
  • planning for equipment purchase
  • in-service instruction on radiation safety and imaging physics
  • clinical investigations in medical imaging physics
  • facility site planning, shielding design, inspection, and verification

Residents attend seminars, colloquia, Grand Rounds, institutional core curriculum lectures, and other educational opportunities, particularly those directly related to their area of specialization, as determined to be appropriate by the Program Director and Clinical Coordinators.

Welcome Message

Read the welcome message from Charles E. Willis, Ph.D., DABR, FAAPM, Director, Imaging Physics Residency Program.


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