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Residency Program: Radiation Oncology Physics

The radiation oncology physics residency program at the Karmanos Cancer Center (KCC) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs. The program is based within the Gershenson Radiation Oncology Center and affiliated with the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Our Radiation Oncology department has a long history of medical physics education and training, a medical physics graduate program and medical residency program housed in the same department, and a wide variety of equipment and special procedures available to the residents. 

The program is two years in length and provides graduates with the clinical skills for independent practice in radiation oncology physics. All residents are required to complete their didactic medical physics education prior to entry into the residency program.

The resident will:

  •  Participate in all aspects of clinical radiation oncology physics,
  • Demonstrate competency in a broad range of topics through clinical performance, as well as periodic oral examination,
  • Be well prepared to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics, 
  • Have the opportunity to participate in special clinical projects during the program, consisting of novel research or projects involving clinical implementation and/or development of new technology or procedures. 

All resources of our educational programs along with all graduate student and medical resident activities and conferences are available to the medical physics residents. This educational environment is a key strength of our physics residency program.  

In addition, the wide variety of clinical resources, equipment, and special procedures performed here assure that the resident receives a well-rounded clinical training experience. The Karmanos Cancer Center is widely recognized as a leader in cancer treatment and research and is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Care Center by the National Cancer Institute. 

We accept one resident per year into this program.  Preference is given to graduates of CAMPEP accredited graduate education programs.  All matriculants into this program have secured a clinical radiation oncology physics position by the time of graduation or earlier, and all graduates eligible for board certification by the American Board of Radiology are currently certified.

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Visit the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Career Services website at ( Applications are accepted from October through December and residents start July 1st.

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