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Medical Physics Residency (Arizona)


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Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a 24-month Medical Physics Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona. The program is designed to generate real-world, hands-on experience for the new graduate in a structured and safe environment.

The residency is divided into 12 modules that highlight the different aspects of the practicing clinical medical physicist. These range from basic treatment planning all the way to advanced topics, such as shielding design and interaction with government agencies and vendors.

Rotational modules

  • R1 — Orientation, simulation, and basic treatment planning
  • R2 — Advanced treatment planning
  • R3 — Quality systems
  • R4 — Dose measurements
  • R5 — Brachytherapy
  • R6 — Clinical project
  • R7 — Special procedures
  • R8 — Acceptance and commissioning

Continual modules (spread out over 2 years)

  • C1 — Routine QA
  • C2 — Education and teaching

Independent modules (milestone-based, independently paced projects)

  • I1 — Shielding and radiation protection
  • I2 — Professional duties, ethics, and additional radiation safety

Program goals

The Medical Physics Residency aims to give you:

  • Two years of experience that transitions you from a learner to an independent medical physicist
  • Mentoring by experienced physicists
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and techniques
  • Research opportunities


The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).

Note: Mayo Clinic is listed on CAMPEP's list of accredited institutions for three programs — two of the programs are in Rochester, Minnesota, and one is in Arizona. They are distinct programs with separate accreditation.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Program statistics

Applicants 115 104 119 119 176 127
Admitted/entered 2 2 2 2 2 2
Destination after graduation To be updated after July 2021 To be updated after July 2020 1 in academic position, 1 in clinical position 2 in clinical positions 2 in clinical positions 2 in clinical positions


Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Arizona and ranked No. 18 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic has two sites in Arizona. The Phoenix campus includes the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. It houses multiple research labs and Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine — Arizona Campus.

Medical physics residents spend most of their time in the Department of Radiation Oncology on the Phoenix campus, which includes Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators, Varian HDR brachytherapy, intraoperative radiation therapy, and a four-gantry Hitachi proton beam facility.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing the residency, graduates receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and are eligible to take the Therapeutic Medical Physics board exam from the American Board of Radiology.


Your learning schedule will typically include eight-hour days during normal business hours, with occasional deviations as needed to acquire data on clinical equipment outside of treatment hours.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to two residents to the Medical Physics Residency. This ensures that you receive individual tailored instruction, mentoring, and a comprehensive educational experience.