The Medical Physics Residency prepares individuals for professional practice in hospitals, clinics and private practice. During the program, learning experiences allow the resident to:

  • Measure and calibrate a variety of treatment machines and imaging devices
  • Troubleshoot real-world problems with computers and equipment
  • Interact with a variety of other Department of Radiation Oncology staff, including physicians, therapists, dosimetrists and nurses
  • Create, modify and measure radiation therapy treatment plans and check them for quality assurance
  • Work independently or in groups on projects related to new technology or upgrades of existing technology
  • Interact with vendors, government agencies and professional organizations
  • Prepare for board certification through practice and mentoring


The 12 modules that residents complete include eight modules designed to fit into rotations of two to six months. During these rotations, the resident concentrates in-depth on a particular topic. Each rotation's topic builds on the previous rotation topic. The resident is advised by a physicist who has a depth of knowledge specific to the topic at hand.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Annual oral examination in the style of the American Board of Radiology
  • Annual written examination via Blackboard software
  • Monthly panel-based assessment of knowledge by staff
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Oct. 10, 2016