- Radiation Oncology Physics Residency
The Residency Program in Radiation Oncology Physics at the Loyola University Medical Center provides comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical physics, including HDR brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and more.
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Radiation Oncology Physics Residency
Welcome to the Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program
The Residency Program in Radiation Oncology Physics at the Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) is intended to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical physics. Candidates for the training program are expected to have obtained a CAMPEP approved MS or PhD in Medical Physics or closely related discipline and would be highly motivated to prepare for a clinically oriented career. Training will occur at our “state-of- the-art” treatment-facility in Maywood, IL and affiliated clinics under the guidance and supervision of an experienced staff of medical physicists, medical dosimetrists and radiation oncologists. (Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL is located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago).
- MR Guided Radiation Therapy (MRgRT) on ViewRay MRIdian
- High dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
- Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
- Total Body Irradiation (TBI)
- Total Skin Electron Therapy (TSET)
- Brachytherapy (HDR and LDR)
- Permanent Prostate Seed Implant
- Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) with Zeiss INTRABEAM
- Eclipse Treatment Planning System
- ARIA record and verify system integrated with EPIC hospital wide network
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Program Goals and Objectives
Broad areas of clinical training will include equipment calibration and quality assurance, radiation dosimetry, radiation shielding, facility design, special clinical procedures, treatment planning and imaging. The program length is 24 months.
The physics residency program is fully integrated into the daily clinical operations of the Radiation Oncology Department. The resident works closely with other members of the department: Staff Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Residents, Nurses and Radiation Therapy Technologists. There are ample opportunities to interact with other departments within the LUMC, including Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Surgery and Neurosurgery.
Residents are expected to complete 12 clinical physics rotations that span a variety of topics in medical physics, such as, (1) Beam calibration and detectors, (2) Linear accelerator commissioning and quality assurance, (3) Daily physics duties, (4) Treatment planning procedures, (5) Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), (6) High- and Low- dose rate brachytherapy, (7) Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), (8) Radiation safety and shielding design, (9) Special procedures (SRS, SBRT, TBI, and TSET), and (10) MR Guided Radiation Therapy (MRgRT).
Each rotation is typically two to three months in length, and is under the direct supervision of a faculty physicist. In addition to meeting with their rotation specific mentor(s) on a weekly basis to discuss their progress, residents will also meet with the director of the residency program monthly. Residents are expected to keep a log documenting their clinical and didactic activities which is reviewed during their meeting with the residency director. Following the completion of a rotation, the resident is evaluated by their rotation specific mentor(s) and additional faculty members typically via an Oral examination.
In addition to the clinical training, the resident will receive didactic education in radiation therapy physics and related disciplines. However, these courses are offered mainly as a refresher and not intended to replace medical physics didactic training which the candidate should have already received. Residents will be expected to attend daily treatment planning conferences, weekly physics meetings, seminars/grand rounds and monthly physics journal clubs. Participation in research projects is encouraged with the aim of presentation at AAPM, ASTRO, or RSNA conferences and publications in affiliated journals.
The residency training program is conducted strictly in accordance with the guidelines from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM, https://www.aapm.org) Report 249 (Essentials and Guidelines for Clinical Medical Physics Residency Training Programs, AAPM 2013). After successful completion of the residency program, the candidate will have the required knowledge and training to take and successfully complete the American Board of Radiology (ABR, https://www.theabr.org) certification examination in Therapeutic Radiological Physics.
The main goals of the residency program are to
(1) Provide a comprehensive and in-depth practical training in all aspects of clinical medical physics, and
(2) Prepare the resident for certification in Therapeutic Radiology/Radiation Oncology physics.
Staff and Resources
Staff and Resources
The department of Radiation Oncology at LUMC is staffed with 11 radiation oncologists, 8 medical residents, 1 physics resident, 11 medical physicists, 7 dosimetrists, 6 radiation oncology nurses, department manager, and 22 radiation therapists. The department also has a Radiation Biology faculty member, research nurse, and research coordinator.
Equipment includes an MRIdian linac (ViewRay, https://viewray.com/), 6 Varian linacs with on-board imaging, respiratory gating and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). A new linac (Varian Edge) capable of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) began operation in early 2016. It is equipped with OBI/CBCT, respiratory gating, Surface Image Guided RT (VisionRT/Align RT positioning/monitoring), Calypso patient monitor system. A state of the art MR guided RT program with ViewRay’s MRIdian - a hybrid MR-linac with 0.35T MRI and 6MV FFF X-rays (https://viewray.com/) became operational in October 2018.
Varian TrueBeam® Linac
Varian Edge® Linac
ViewRay MRIdian® Linac
Philips Big Bore® CT
Siemens Somatom® CT
There are three in-house CT scanners (two Philips Brilliance Big Bore multi-slice CT scanners and a Siemens Somatom 4D-CT); several MR scanners in the Department of Radiology (1.5T to 3T) as well as a Phillips PET/CT scanner.
In addition, the department has very active programs in SRS/SBRT, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, total body irradiation (TBI), INTRABEAM Intra-operative Radiotherapy (IORT), total skin electron therapy (TSET).
Gammamed Plus® HDR Brachytherapy Afterloader
Zeiss INTRABEAM® IORT
John Roeske, PhD
Professor & Chief of Medical
Anil Sethi, PhD
Professor & Director of Residency Program
Derek Fielder, MS
Sebastien Gros, PhD
Jake Jackson, MS
Hyejoo Kang, PhD
Brian Lee, PhD
Michael Mysz, MS
Rakesh Patel, PhD
Iris Rusu, MS
Staff Physicist and Assistant Director of Residency Program
Sabrina Hoffman, PhD
Graduate School: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South 1st Ave
Maywood, IL 60153
- The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
- Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP)
- International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP)
- American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
How to Apply
How to Apply
The LUMC physics residency program participates in MedPhys match administered by National Matching Services, Inc. (https://natmatch.com/medphys/) and AAPM Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP, https://www.aapm.org/MPRAP/). Applicants should provide the following information in support of their application:
- Official undergraduate/graduate transcripts
- A personal statement of career goals including relevant experience and motivation for medical physics
- Three letters of recommendation from the applicant’s college/graduate instructors, and/or employers
- A curriculum-vitae (CV)