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Radiation Oncology Clinical Medical Physics Residency (Minnesota)

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Overview

As a trainee in the Radiation Oncology Clinical Medical Physics Residency, you will learn to provide the highest standards of patient care in a hospital known throughout the world for its primary value: “The needs of the patient come first.” You will learn from over 35 dedicated physicists how to care for complex patients across the entire scope of the specialty, collaborating with radiation oncologists to treat and cure cancer through clinical activities, research, and education.

As stated by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), "The essential responsibility of the Qualified Medical Physicist's clinical practice is to assure the safe and effective delivery of radiation to achieve a diagnostic or therapeutic result as prescribed in patient care." Read more about scope of practice.

Among other things, radiation oncology physics (therapeutic radiologic physics) includes:

  • The therapeutic applications of X-rays, gamma rays, electron and charged particle beams, neutrons, and radiations from sealed radionuclide sources
  • The equipment associated with their production, use, measurement, and evaluation
  • The quality of images resulting from their production and use
  • Medical health physics associated with this subfield

Unique and noteworthy aspects of the program include:

  • Intensive CAMPEP-accredited clinical training, under the close supervision of experienced radiation oncology physicists, over three years in a large, state-of-the-art radiation oncology center with a fully integrated proton and x-ray practice
  • Structured curriculum providing comprehensive didactic and hands-on educational experiences in all clinical aspects of radiation oncology physics
  • Research training and experience through mentored projects culminating in the development of clinical protocols, opportunities to present at national and international meetings, and peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Opportunities for collaboration with world-renowned clinicians in the fields of radiation oncology, radiation physics, medical oncology, surgery, radiology, and pathology
  • Increasing levels of clinical responsibility to ensure that you can practice independently upon program completion

Program history

The medical physics training program began in 1996. This program was one of the first clinical residency programs to be accredited by CAMPEP (2003). We have always actively pursued applicants who strive to contribute to medical physics beyond their clinical responsibilities. Currently, up to three residents complete this program annually.

Nicholas Remmes, Ph.D., Radiation oncology clinical medical physics residency program director

Director's welcome

Our residency, like the practice of radiation oncology itself, is constantly evolving. The program reflects the collective experience of dozens of faculty over two decades as well as many suggestions from our 25+ alumni who are now board certified and practicing clinically. Our faculty is dedicated to training every resident to the highest standards.

Nicholas Remmes, Ph.D.
Program Director

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Stipend and benefits