The clinical requirements include evaluated clinical rotations through these subspecialty areas:
- Dosimetry systems and measurement of radiation
- Radiation safety and shielding design
- Linear accelerator specification, acceptance testing and quality assurance
- Treatment simulation process and technology
- Imaging for planning and treatment verification (image-guided radiation therapy)
- Brachytherapy, including low dose rate and high dose rate
- Dosimetric treatment planning and optimization
- Quality control of the treatment process
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT), including stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
- Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
- Total skin electrons
- Total body irradiation
- Proton beam therapy
Each rotation is mentored and evaluated. Your training also includes work on clinical projects, which are carried out under the supervision of the medical physics faculty.
Research training is integrated into the three-year program and coordinated with your clinical training. Your research projects are directly related to clinical applications of physics in the practice of radiation oncology.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs, and one-on-one instruction are all integral parts of the program. You participate in:
- Radiation oncology and medical physics journal clubs
- Division of Medical Physics meetings
- Medical physics and oncology conferences
- Treatment planning conferences
- New patient conferences
- Courses in anatomy, clinical oncology, and radiobiology
If you do not have a Ph.D. in medical physics, you are required to take additional courses through Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to satisfy the requirements of the CAMPEP Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Educational Programs in Medical Physics.
The environment and large patient volume at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, prepares you for all aspects of clinical medical physics practice. Involvement in the applied research of the medical practice further strengthens your academic skills. You are expected to participate in national medical physics and radiation oncology meetings.
Clinical competency is evaluated through written and oral exams as well as quarterly reviews with faculty members. You receive a grade after each quarterly review. Research competency is evaluated through peer-reviewed presentations and publications. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.