Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to the Imaging Residency Program at MD Anderson?
To apply for the residency position please use the Common Application Process (CAP) administered through the AAPM.
Does our program accept both MS and PhD applicants?
The preferred applicant to our program comes from a CAMPEP accredited Medical Physics Program. Both MS and PhD applicants are encouraged to apply. Since 2002, 5 MS and 10 PhD residents have successfully completed our program.
How many residents are accepted each year?
Two residents per year are accepted into the program. Start dates are typically two weeks prior to start of an academic semester at The University of Texas Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Science.
What are the differences in the application process for domestic and for international applicants?
Currently our program does not sponsor visas. Applicants who apply must be able to establish employment eligibility for the entire 24 months of the training program.
What factors are considered for admission?
- Academic background and performance
- Degree difficulty of graduate program
- Honors and awards for academic achievement
- Performance in graduate courses
- Letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose
- Expressed commitment to a career involving clinical medical physics
Are applicants invited to interview/visit the program?
Our program requires an interview/on-site visit before offers of admission are extended to the top applicants. The purpose of the visit will be to interview with program faculty, provide a 45 minute seminar, meet with current residents in the program, and tour our clinical facilities.
What about letters of recommendation?
The applicant should arrange to have the recommendations submitted through the application system by at least three persons who are well qualified to evaluate the applicant’s scholastic performance, scientific ability, motivation, and personal attributes such as character and personality. If the applicant is currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant’s academic advisory or mentor. Letters of recommendation must use institutional letterhead and be signed by the person writing the recommendation letter.
How successful are your residents in finding employment?
To date, residents who have successfully completed our program have had employment offers to consider before completing.
What if I use tobacco products?
Residents will receive a pay check from MD Anderson and are subject to its policies, including one starting in calendar year 2015 that forbids the hiring of tobacco users by the institution. Visit the Academic & Visa Administration - Trainee website to learn more about MD Anderson's tobacco-free hiring process.
Who can I contact for more information?
Betsy Kindred, Program Manager
Phone Number: (713) 563-2548
- American Association of Physicists in Medicine
- AAPM Report 197 Education and Training of Medical Physicists Committee (pdf)
- AAPM Report 197S Education and Training of Medical Physicists Committee Working Group on Revision of Report No. 44
- Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs, Inc.
- Accredited Residency Programs
- Roster 2002 - 2015