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Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a 24-month Medical Physics Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona. 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 you:

  • 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 program 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 for three programs — 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

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Applicants 104 119 119 176 127
Admitted/entered 2 2 2 2 2
Destination after graduation To be updated after July 2020 To be updated after July 2019 2 in clinical positions 2 in clinical positions 2 in clinical positions


Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. The Phoenix campus includes 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."

Mayo Clinic's 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 on the Phoenix campus, which includes linear accelerators, HDR brachytherapy, Intra-operative Radiation Therapy, and a four-gantry proton beam facility that opened in 2016.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing the residency, graduates receive a certificate of completion 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 the 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 to the Medical Physics Residency. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

Aug. 03, 2018