Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Training Program
A Medical Physics Residency Program has operated at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) since 2009. MBPCC is a community-owned not-for-profit cancer treatment facility located in Baton Rouge about 6 miles from the LSU campus. With its breadth of technology, MBPCC comprises an ideal environment for clinical training of medical physicists, providing the practical experience necessary to successfully complete examinations for board certification. The Residency Program received CAMPEP accreditation in 2012. Additional information on the Residency Program is at the MBPCC residency website, with key information summarized below.
The residency program follows the intent of AAPM Report 90, “Essentials and Guidelines for Hospital-Based Medical Physics Residency Training Programs.” The two-year Program consists of parallel tracks of clinical rotations and independent projects.
During clinical rotations, residents are assigned to regular duties within the clinic under the supervision of staff medical physicists. These rotations provide the resident with experience in the activities of clinical medical physicists in radiation oncology.
Independent projects provide the resident with additional experience in clinical topics, especially those that may not be encountered on a daily basis. Example projects include linac acceptance testing and commissioning, planning system commissioning, and HDR program commissioning.
Residents may also participate in rotations at MBPCC’s partner sites. These provide additional education and training on procedures, technology, etc., beyond what is available at MBPCC. These rotations are limited in time and scope to cover specific topics found in AAPM Report 90. Partner institutions follow the same training requirements as the MBPCC program with appropriate accommodations for the partner institutions’ local specialties and environment.
The Program accepts M.S. and Ph.D. graduates of CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Programs; we also accept postdoctoral fellows who have worked at least 2 years in radiation oncology physics and have completed appropriate medical physics courses (see AAPM Report 197S). LSU medical physics M.S. and Ph.D. graduates, as well as LSU and MBPCC postdoctoral fellows, have first priority for admission.
Residents receive a stipend from MBPCC at the same rate as physician PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents in regional medical residencies of the LSU System for the first and second years of residency, respectively.
Please visit the MBPCC residency website. To request additional information, please contact