Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program

The Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program in the Department of Radiology is a CAMPEP-accredited two-year clinical training program at the University of Chicago Medicine. The training program is based on the Guidelines for Accreditation of Medical Physics Residency Programs as published by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).  The residency program provides broad clinical training and experience, including 20 weeks of rotations in nuclear medicine and PET, to prepare graduates for a professional career in diagnostic radiological physics, and also to prepare them for the certification examination of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Ultimately, the goal of the residency program is to train fully competent and qualified medical physicists who can have a positive impact on patient care.

 

Program History

The Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program began on July 1, 2013. It was selected as a recipient of the Imaging Physics Residency Grant sponsored by the AAPM and RSNA in 2014. Program statistics are shown below:

  2013* 2014 2015 2016
Applicants 15 12 50 35
Positions offered 1 1 N/A N/A
Ranked applications N/A N/A 6 5
Residents accepted 1 1 1 1
Residents graduated N/A N/A 1 1
Graduates certified N/A N/A N/A 1
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1 academic

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*Residency program started July 2013
 

Department and Facility

The Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program is administered under the Department of Radiology and the Committee on Medical Physics.The Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago includes 40 clinical faculty members with M.D. degrees and 13 physics faculty members with Ph.D. degrees. The department succeeds in its tripartite mission of education, clinical care, and research through the close interactions of its clinical and physics faculty in their daily efforts. The clinical facilities at the University of Chicago currently include Mitchell Hospital, a 395-bed adult hospital facility; Comer Children’s Hospital with 155 beds; and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, a 525,000 square foot outpatient clinic and surgery facility. In addition, a 1.2 million square foot new hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery, opened in 2013. The Department of Radiology operates facilities in all of these locations to provide multidisciplinary care and education. The medical physics residents have access to these facilities for their clinical training.

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Program Leadership

Program Director - Zheng Feng Lu, PhD, DABR
Associate Program Director - Steffen Sammet, MD, PhD, DABR

Program Faculty

Bill O’Brien-Penney, PhD, DABR
Ingrid Reiser, PhD, DABR
Samuel Armato III, PhD, Chair of the Committee on Medical Physics
Maryellen Giger, PhD, A. N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, Vice Chair of Basic Science Research, Department of Radiology
Chester Reft, PhD, DABR, Director of the Medical Physics Residency Program in Radiation Oncology (advisor).

Outside Advisor
Beth A. Schueler, PhD, DABR,
Director of the Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program at Mayo Clinic.

 

Current Residents

Adrian Sanchez, PhD, Second-year Resident
Yue Zhang, PhD, First-year Resident

 

Residency Curriculum

Standardized Curriculum over 2 years:

  • Orientation/Safety – 2 weeks
  • Radiography – 9 weeks
  • Fluoroscopy – 8 weeks
  • Interventional Radiology – 8 weeks
  • Mammography Rotation – 8 weeks
  • Computed Tomography – 10 weeks
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging – 12 weeks
  • Ultrasound – 6 weeks
  • Nuclear Medicine and PET – 20 weeks
  • Imaging Informatics – 6 weeks
 

Admission

We seek candidates with an excellent foundation in medical physics and a strong desire to thrive in a clinical environment. The resident candidate is expected to have completed a comprehensive curriculum in Medical Physics and to have received some clinical exposure during their graduate education. Preferred candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in medical physics from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program or have completed study from a CAMPEP-accredited Certificate Program in Medical Physics.

Candidates having a Ph.D. degree in physics, biophysics, radiological sciences, engineering, or a related field with a particularly strong background in physics with limited experience in medical physics and who demonstrate a potential to make a positive impact in the medical physics profession may be considered as special cases. In the special case when an accepted resident needs additional didactic coursework as determined by the Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program Committee, at least four core courses are required to be completed before starting the residency program and no more than two courses can be taken during the residency in order not to compromise the two years of clinical training.

 

How to Apply

We are registered with Medical Physics Match and accept applications through AAPM Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP). The two-year residency commences on July 1 and is 100% clinical.  The application must include a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, statement of personal interests and goals, three letters of reference, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies.

 

Resources

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc.