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Typical 2nd Year Rotation

Second Year Training

During the second year of residency, the resident will be involved in the same types of experiences as in the first year, but are expected to work more independently The resident will take responsibility for equipment performance evaluations and patient dose calculations under the supervision of appropriately qualified medical physicists.  As required by state law, overall responsibility for the medical physics service will always remain with a licensed, board-certified medical physicist. They will continue to attend the seminars described above.

Mentoring program: The second-year resident is expected to mentor first-year residents. This program is informal: specific assignments are not made by faculty. Past residents have organized study groups for board examinations and rehearsals for oral presentations.

Education experiences: The second-year resident will be involved in proctoring laboratories for medical physics graduate students, and supervision of graduate students and first-year residents taking the Introductory Diagnostic Imaging Rotation course. They also support laboratory exercises in conjunction with continuing education short courses offered by the Department of Imaging Physics.

Research experiences: Each resident is required to select a research mentor and conduct a clinical research project, culminating in a publication submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. The resident must be the primary author and the research mentor must agree to co-author the manuscript. The resident may participate in other clinical research projects. All clinical research participation by residents will be reviewed and approved by the Program Director.

Practice oral exam:  Each spring the resident will participate in a practice oral exam patterned after the American Board of Radiology (ABR) oral examination in Diagnostic Medical Physics.  All examiners are certified by the ABR in Diagnostic Medical Physics and/or by the ABMP in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics. Other examinees include MD Anderson junior faculty and and others preparing for their national boards.

Oral presentations: Each resident will present at least one 20-minute lecture to the Imaging Physics faculty, during the Medical Physics Trainee Summer Seminar Series.  Depending on the timing of the resident’s entry into the program, this lecture may occur during the first and/or second year of training. Other lectures may be presented as part of the Joint Nuclear Medicine/CT Practice Seminars, and/or at a local, regional, or national scientific meeting.

External rotations: At the end of the second year of their training program, each resident will participate in external rotations designed to broaden their perspective on the clinical practice of medical physics.  The external rotations include Cardiac Imaging at Texas Heart Institute in St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Pediatric Imaging at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Emergency Radiology and Community Medicine  at either or both Ben Taub Hospital and The Michael E. DeBakey Veteran’s Affairs Hospital.

Additional clinical training experiences: Second-year residents may also have an opportunity for supervised clinical medical physics training at one of MD Anderson’s external clinical operations. This includes locations in the Houston Metropolitan area and one site in Phoenix, Arizona. Residents at these locations will be directly supervised by program faculty who are appropriately licensed and registered medical physicists.

Nuclear Medicine Emphasis

Optional  specialization in Nuclear Medicine (NM) physics is provided for residents that express interest in this area of specialization. In this case, residents must declare their interest by the end of their first year of residency. The second year is then subsequently adjusted to emphasize the NM and PET rotations of the residency program. This will be achieved by increasing the duration of the second year rotations of NM and PET from 1 to 3 months each. This increase results in a total of 8 months of NM/PET  training over the two year residency program (33%) as compared to 4 months (17%) for those not interested in a NM specialization.

The additional months of NM/PET training will be dedicated for in depth experience in the physics of NM/PET scanner fundamentals; image acquisition, reconstruction and post-processing/analysis; radiopharmaceutical biodistribution and dosimetry; radioactive patient release; radionuclide therapy and treatment planning; and NM/PET facility shielding.

In addition, residents interested in NM specialization must conduct their independent research in an area focused on NM/PET and have an NM board certified faculty member as their research mentor.

All other training requirements for the residency program will remain the same for residents interested in this specialization.


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