Medical Physics Residency - Therapy

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Medical Physics Residency - Therapy

Overview

Advanced Radiotherapy Consulting (ARC) has a long established history in the field of medical physics, serving as one of the leading consulting groups in the country.  ARC is a privately owned consulting group serving professionals in the radiation science disciplines.  ARC is collaborative, closely working with other medical physics companies, free standing hospitals, and health care systems throughout the United States. 

ARC operated 3 divisions (Training, Commissioning, and Professional Services) from 2001 to 2008 prior to being acquired by Global Physics Solutions (GPS), and then later by Landauer, Inc.  ARC has trained over 2,000 radiation professionals from over 1,400 cancer centers since its founding in 2001.  ARC’s Training and Education branch was re-acquired from Landauer in 2011, and has continued to be the country’s leader in:  ABR board preparatory courses, MDCB board preparatory courses, IMRT/VMAT training, and training for radiation oncology nurses.

ARC’s residency program has had a long evolution with a leader who served as the initial residency program leader for Global Physics Solution and Landauer Medical Physics.  The first 5 residents of GPS and Landauer Medical Physics program were mentored and trained under the supervision of Brent D. Murphy, MS, DABR, Vice President of Training and Education for both GPS and LMP.  These residents are all currently practicing in the field of medical physics, and have successfully passed their ABR certification exams.

ARC’s leaders have recognized the need for clinical residency positions to serve the profession, and feel confident that their program strives to provide the processes necessary to ensure consistency with each residency site that is added.  The strength of ARC’s residency program lies in the ability of the program director and associate directors to properly train and educate its residents. This comes with precise real time metrics, and effective communication amongst one another.

ARC ensures that residents are exposed to the full range of Therapeutic Medical Physics services to include, but not limited to:

1.  Acceptance Testing of all radiation therapy equipment.

2.  Commissioning of all radiation therapy equipment.

3.  Regular (annual or quarterly) performance testing of radiation therapy and therapy          specific imaging systems.

4.  Establishment and oversight of facility quality control programs.

5.  Shielding design for radiation therapy facilities.

6.  Radiation protection surveys.

7.  Consultation on department design and layout, and equipment purchasing and performance.

8.  Educational programs for radiation oncology staff.

9.  Clinical research and development regarding issues associated with treatment delivery and patient doses.

10.  Consultation regarding regulatory compliance.

11.  Participation in radiation safety committee meetings.

 

 
 

 


Program Objectives and Goals

The Medical Physics Residency Training Program in Therapeutic Medical Physics at ARC is a 2-year program designed to provide the clinical experience necessary to develop competent clinical medical physicists. The expertise gained from ARC over the two years will mold and shape strong, hardworking, and clinically proficient medical physicists. This will be achieved by stressing safety and diligence in all aspects of their residency.  Residents will be prepared to pass their ABR certification examination.

The program is structured as an apprenticeship, with a high degree of interaction occurring between the Resident and the Associate Program Directors.  The program promotes active engagement between all residents as a key part of their professional development.  The Associate Program Directors are Qualified Medical Physicists, who practice clinical medical physics full time in service to community hospitals, and cancer centers.

 

The goals and objectives are listed below:

  1. Residents will learn the technical knowledge and skills in therapeutic medical physics services
  2. Residents will become aware of the importance of clinical research
  3. Residents will develop an understanding of the protocols and practices essential to the implementation of technologies of imaging and therapy.
  4. Residents will have the ability to implement and use analytical research methods to solve problems arising in the clinical environment.
  5. Residents will learn the professional practice and ethical guidelines of the field of medical physics.
  6. Residents will develop the communication and interpersonal skills that are necessary to function in a collaborative environment.
  7. Residents will learn the complexities that exist in the emergence of new processes and technologies.
  8. Residents will understand the necessity of patient confidentiality and other related HIPPA requirements.
  9. Residents will understand the clinical purpose of the various modalities used for imaging and therapy.
  10. Residents will become familiar with the role of the medical physicist in the radiation oncology team, and how important it is to engage with other team members.
  11. Residents will understand the various safety hazards in radiation oncology departments and identify measures to create and practice in a safe environment.
  12. Residents will be aware of misuse or unsafe practices of the various modalities and technologies.
  13. Residents will recognize the importance of continuing education and training to maintain proper and relevant skill sets.

 

At the conclusion of the program, the resident will be able to provide immediate contributions to the quality of care received by radiation oncology patients, and be prepared to sit for the certification examination of the ABR in Therapeutic Medical Physics.

 

Resident Information Table

Academic Year

Number

 of Applications

Number

Offered

Admissions

Number

 Enrolled in

Program

Number

 Completing

Program

2016

8

8

8

N/A

2017

1

1

8

N/A

2018

0

0

0

 

 

 

Destination of Graduates

Academic Year

Clinical

Industry

Academic

Government

Additional Education

Secured Employment

2016

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

8

2017

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

8

2018