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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).

Clinical Programs

  • 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

Residency Statistics

Year

# of 

#

# Now

# Clinical

# Academic

 

Applicants

Accepted

Graduated

Certified

Appointment

Appointment

2015

38

1

0

1 ABR Part 1 

0

0

2016

0

0

0

1 ABR Part 1

0

0

2017

47

1

1

2 ABR Part 1&2

0

1

2018

0

0

0

2 ABR & ABR- Part 1

0

1

 

 

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 one or two faculty physicists. In addition to meeting with their rotation specific mentor(s) on a weekly or biweekly basis to discuss their progress, residents will also meet with either 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

Department of Radiation Oncology at LUMC is staffed with 10 radiation oncologists, 9 medical residents, 1 physics resident, 10 medical physicists, 7 dosimetrists, 6 radiation oncology nurses, department manager, and 22 radiation therapists.  The department also has a Radiation Biology faculty member and 3 research nurses.

Equipment includes a MRIdian linac (ViewRay, https://viewray.com/), 6 state-of-the-art Varian linacs with on-board imaging, respiratory gating and VMAT. A new linac capable of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) began operation in early 2016.  It is equipped with OBI/CBCT, resp. gating, Align RT positioning/monitoring, Calypso patient monitor system.  MR guided RT program with ViewRay’s MRIdian (https://viewray.com/) became operational in October 2018.

    

There are two in-house CT scanners (Philips Brilliance Big Bore multi-slice CT scanner and  Siemens Somatom 4D-CT); several MR scanners in the Department of Radiology (1.5T to 3T) as well as a Phillips PET/CT scanner.   

Our Faculty

John Roeske, PhD
Professor & Chief of Medical
Physics Section

Anil Sethi, PhD
Professor & Director of Residency Program

Murat Surucu, PhD
Associate Professor

Eenas Omari,  PhD
Instructor

Rakesh Patel,  PhD
Instructor

Derek Fielder, MS
Staff Physicist

Sebastien Gros, PhD
Staff Physicist

Hyejoo Kang, PhD
Staff Physicist

Michael Mysz, MS
Staff Physicist

Iris Rusu, MS
Staff Physicist

 

Our Residents

Hossein Lavvafi, PhD
Physics Resident
Graduate School: University of Toledo
Residency: Loyola University Medical Center

Contact

Katie Blair
Residency Program Coordinator
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South 1st Ave
Maywood, IL 60153
katherine.blair@luhs.org
708-216-4051

 

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)