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Radiation Oncology Clinical Medical Physics Residency (Minnesota)

Meet Our Trainees

Medical physics residents gather in the hall at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Our residents come from graduate schools around the U.S. and outside of the country. See what a couple of them have to say about our program.

Judith Rivera, Ph.D.

Judith Rivera, Ph.D.

Has anything about your residency experience surprised you?

The most surprising thing about Mayo Clinic is the family-friendly approach to the residency training and work-life balance. Many current physics residents, including myself, have families with young children. Mayo Clinic works hard to support all employees and their families, offering benefits such as backup and sick childcare, generous vacation and leave, access to couples counseling and mental health services, among others. The Rochester area in general is a great place for families.

Graduate school focus: Biomedical Engineering at the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, Chapel Hill, NC

Abdou Abdel-Rehim, Ph.D.

Abdou Abdel-Rehim, Ph.D.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for residency training? 

Coming to medical physics from a particle physics background, I was looking for a place to start that has people from diverse backgrounds. I couldn’t ask for a better place than Mayo Clinic! I started as a postdoc, finished my certificate program, and now I am a resident. Having also a family, Rochester is a nice place to raise a family. The residency program covers all types of modalities in addition to opportunity for research. Even though most residencies are two-year programs, an extra year at Mayo Clinic with a research component is definitely worth it.

Graduate school focus: Theoretical Particle Physics at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Current residents

Class of 2021
Susannah Hickling, Ph.D. 

Susannah Hickling, Ph.D.

Hometown: Winnipeg, Canada

Graduate school: McGill University (M.Sc., Ph.D.)

Research/clinical interests: Imaging in radiation therapy, respiratory motion management, ocular proton therapy, development of novel dosimetry techniques

Yue-Houng Hu, Ph.D. 

Yue-Houng Hu, Ph.D.

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Graduate school: Stony Brook University (M.Sc., Ph.D.)

Research/clinical interests: Imaging, flat-panel imagers, proton spot perturbation

Jing Qian, Ph.D. 

Jing Qian, Ph.D.

Hometown:  Changsha, Hunan, China

Graduate school: Yale University (M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D.)

Research/clinical interests: Radiomics, treatment outcome prognosis, proton therapy, brachytherapy

Class of 2022
Abdou Abdel-Rehim, Ph.D. 

Abdou Abdel-Rehim, Ph.D.

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Graduate school: Syracuse University (Ph.D.)

Research/clinical interests: Treatment planning, radiation biology and outcomes, QA

Eric Brost, Ph.D. 

Eric Brost, Ph.D.

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Graduate school: Medical Physics, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Ph.D.)

Research/clinical interests: Optical imaging in radiation oncology and Monte Carlo simulation for dose calculation and optical transport

Mark Pepin, Ph.D. 

Mark Pepin, Ph.D.

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Graduate school: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Ph.D.)

Research/clinical interests: Treatment outcomes analysis, Monte Carlo dose calculation and optimization

Class of 2023
Judith Rivera, Ph.D. 

Judith Rivera, Ph.D.

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Graduate school: University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill & North Carolina State University (Ph.D.)

Research/clinical interests: Developing biological-led approaches to enhancing radiotherapy in cancer care and enhancing the accessibility of radiation therapy for cancer treatment in underserved communities