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Radiation Oncology Clinical Medical Physics Residency (Minnesota)

Graduate Outcomes

A Mayo Clinic medical physicist works with radiation equipment.

The most important indicator of the success of a training program is found in the outcomes of the graduates upon completion of their training. Nationwide, there continues to be a strong need for medical physicists. Individuals graduating from this program have successfully found employment opportunities, often in junior faculty or clinical positions at prominent institutions around the country. We also recruit many of our graduates into Mayo Clinic practices in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida. Over a third of our faculty are residency program graduates.

The AAPM regards board certification in the appropriate medical subfield as the appropriate qualification for the designation of Qualified Medical Physicist. The certifying body for medical physicists in the U.S. is the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and all graduates in the last decade either have board certification or are on track to obtaining it. 

For details on alumni from the Clinical Medical Physics Residency, see the alumni profiles overview.  

See what some of our graduates have to say about their experience in the program:

Michelle Howard, Ph.D.

Michelle Howard, Ph.D.

"Training for three years under such a talented group of physicists has provided me with an invaluable support system as I begin my career as a new medical physicist.”

Program graduate, class of 2020

Matthew Walb, Ph.D.

Matthew Walb, Ph.D.

“The breadth of technology and types of procedures you're exposed to during a residency at Mayo Clinic is almost unrivaled. Special procedures that might be relatively infrequent at many clinics are regular occurrences at Mayo Clinic. Coupled with rotation mentors that are experts in their subject matter and seemingly always willing to make time for you, there was so much opportunity for growth as a medical physicist during residency.”

Program graduate, class of 2019

Mark Zakhary, Ph.D.

Mark Zakhary, Ph.D.

“I had a great experience training at Mayo Clinic. I came into the residency with no medical physics experience, and the faculty and other residents were generous with their time to help me get up to speed. I felt very well-prepared in my first position outside of residency.”

Program graduate, class of 2018

Additional training

At the conclusion of the residency training, you may wish to pursue additional proton training at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in the Medical Physics Proton Fellowship.

Program statistics

CAMPEP requires every accredited program to post descriptive statistics about its applicants and graduates. For each year, we list the number of applicants, number of positions filled, and number of graduates.

For graduates of that year, we list the number who has completed ABR board certification (or equivalent) and the type of initial employment positions (placement) for the graduates.

 

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

Applicants

49

62

56

61

64

Positions

1

3

3

2

3

Graduates

3

2

3

3

3

Certified

*

*

3

3

3

Initial placement

3 clinical **

2 clinical **

3 clinical**

3 clinical**

3 clinical**

Current placement

3 clinical **

2 clinical **

3 clinical**

3 clinical**

3 clinical**

*Graduates of the current year have completed at least part one of the board certification process and are not eligible to complete the process until the following year or later.

**Practicing therapeutic medical physicist with or without academic and/or research responsibilities.