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Curriculum

During the 36-month program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester you will complete clinical training rotations that satisfy CAMPEP residency program requirements as well as becoming involved in specific research with clinical application.

Clinical Training

The clinical requirements include evaluated clinical rotations through the following subspecialty areas:

  • Dosimetry systems and measurement of radiation
  • Radiation safety and shielding design
  • Linear accelerator specification, acceptance testing and quality assurance
  • Treatment simulation process and technology
  • Imaging for planning and treatment verification (Image Guided Radiation Therapy)
  • Brachytherapy, including low dose rate (LDR ) and high dose rate (HDR)
  • Dosimetric treatment planning and optimization
  • Quality control of the treatment process
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and radiation therapy (SRT), including Stereotactic Body (SBRT)
  • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
  • Total skin electrons (TSE)
  • Total body irradiation (TBI)
  • Particle therapy (treatments start 2015)

Each rotation is mentored and evaluated. Your training also will include work on clinical projects, carried out under the supervision of the medical physics faculty.

Didactic Training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the program. You will participate in the following:

  • Radiation Oncology and Medical Physics journal clubs
  • Medical Physics Division meetings
  • Medical physics and oncology conferences
  • Treatment planning conferences
  • New Patient Conferences
  • Courses in anatomy, clinical oncology, and radiobiology

If you do not have a Ph.D. in Medical Physics, you will be required to take additional courses through the Mayo Graduate School to satisfy the requirements of AAPM Report 197S.

Research Training

Research training is integrated into the three-year program and coordinated with your clinical training. Research involves projects directly related to clinical applications of physics in the practice of radiation oncology.

Evaluation

Clinical competency is evaluated through written and oral exams and by quarterly reviews with the faculty. You will receive a grade after each quarterly review. Research competency is evaluated through peer reviewed presentations and publications.

Career Development

The environment and large patient volume at Mayo Clinic in Rochester will prepare you for all aspects of clinical medical physics practice. Involvement in the applied research of the medical practice will further strengthen your academic skills. You will be expected to participate in national medical physics and/or radiation oncology meetings.

Board Passage Rates and Average Scores

Graduates of this program are expected to take board certification exams offered by the American Board of Radiology. To date, all of our graduates have passed these exams.

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