Medical Physics Residency Position Description

Position Description

We are seeking applications for the Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program in Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Diego. This 2-year training program is designed for candidates with doctoral degrees in relevant physical sciences who are interested in careers as clinical medical physicists in radiation oncology. The program provides structured training and progress assessment in all aspects of clinical medical physics in radiation oncology, with direct supervision by the Medical Physics faculty. Training occurs in a large, state-of-the-art radiation oncology center, with additional exposure to a community based hospital. The curriculum provides comprehensive, mentored, hands-on experiences, and progressive responsibility providing the opportunity to work towards becoming fully independent by the time you complete the program.

The UC San Diego Residency Training Program also incorporates a one-month elective international rotation that provides trainees with the opportunity to learn about Medical Physics practice in low- and middle-income countries.

Facility and Equipment

The successful applicant will join 13 faculty physicists and another Medical Physics resident, along with five dosimetrists, two IT specialists in the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences. Our 15,000 sq ft department opened in 2005 and we opened a 15,000 sq ft expansion to our department in 2009 which combines state-of-the-art imaging and treatment delivery equipment: 4 Varian linear accelerators with gating and kilovoltage cone beam CT, 4D GE PET/CT scanner, optical image guidance, and an active and diverse brachytherapy program (HDR, prostate seed implants, eye plaque implants, etc.). Specialized equipment and/or features include the IMRT delivery, 4D imaging/treatment planning/ delivery, frame-based and frameless linac stereotactic radio-surgery/therapy, and image guidance provided by multiple technologies. As the Medical Physics Division is actively involved in translational research, collaboration opportunities for our residents with scientists in Bioengineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Radiology are plentiful. We have an active clinical program that treats all the routine types of cancers (such as breast, prostate, lung, brain, head and neck, GYN, and TBI) and we have an extremely active pediatric program that treats about 90 cases per year.

Employer and Environment

The University of California, San Diego is located in La Jolla, California, which is just north of the San Diego city center. San Diego has over 70 miles of beautiful coastline and some of the finest weather anywhere in the country. La Jolla offers a wide variety of tremendous outdoor activities, dining, events and local attractions.

For detailed information regarding our residency including a further description of the program, please contact Jessica Bazo, program administrator, at jlbazo@ucsd.edu or 858-822-0941.