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Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, offers a 24-month residency in therapeutic medical physics. The program is designed to generate real-world, hands-on experience for the new graduate in a structured and safe environment.

The residency is divided into 12 modules that highlight the different aspects of the practicing clinical medical physicist. These range from basic treatment planning all the way to advanced topics, such as shielding design and interaction with government agencies and vendors.

Program goals

The Medical Physics Residency aims to give students:

  • Two years of real experience
  • Mentoring by physicists with years — or even decades — of experience
  • Valuable hands-on troubleshooting experience that can't be taught in the classroom
  • Experience with a wide variety of techniques, including many considered to be cutting edge


The Medical Physics Residency offered by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Arizona is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).

Note: Mayo Clinic is listed on CAMPEP's list of accredited institutions three times — two of the programs are in Rochester, Minnesota, and one of them is this program in Arizona. They are all distinctly different enough that separate accreditation is needed.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Program statistics

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Applicants 119 176 127 110 66
Admitted/entered 2 2 2 2 1
Destination after graduation To be updated after Jul 2018 To be updated after Jul 2017 2 employed in clinical positions 2 employed in clinical positions Graduate decided to pursue other interests


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. On the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix is the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the "Best Hospital in Phoenix."

The Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient education library, endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

Medical physics residents spend most of their time in the Department of Radiation Oncology, which is located in the Mayo Clinic Specialty Building on the Phoenix campus. Construction is underway on a state-of-the-art proton beam therapy facility next to Mayo Clinic Specialty Building.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Medical Physics Residency, graduates receive a diploma from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and are eligible to take the Therapeutic Medical Physics board exam from the American Board of Radiology.


For the majority of your residency, your learning schedule includes days of eight hours or longer, five days a week. Occasional weekend work occurs as needed.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to two residents into the Medical Physics Residency. This ensures you receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience. The staff-to-resident ratio is always at least 2-to-1 and is routinely 4-to-1.

Oct. 10, 2016