Residency Program Radiation Oncology Physics

The Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program at the Karmanos Cancer Center 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 within the same department, along with 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 pass 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. 

The wide variety of clinical resources, equipment, and special procedures performed here assure that the resident receives a well-rounded clinical training experience. State-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment includes Varian iX and TrueBeam accelerators, Tomotherapy, Gamma Knife, Flexitron HDR, GammaBeam 500 TBI unit, two CT-simulators with 4DCT capabilities, and numerous computerized treatment planning systems including Eclipse, TomoTherapy, GammaPlan, Oncentra, Monaco, and an in-house Monte Carlo system.  Special procedures include IMRT, VMAT, Tomotherapy, IGRT, TBI, HDR and LDR brachytherapy, SRS, and SBRT.  In addition, 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. 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. 

The Windsor Regional Cancer Center in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and McLaren Macomb Cancer Center in Mt. Clemens, Michigan also operate residency programs that are affiliated with and accredited under the Karmanos Cancer Center program.  These programs also offer state-of-the-art equipment and training and utilize the same training infrastructure as the Karmanos Cancer Center residency program operated within the Gershenson Radiation Oncology Center.  Residents at the affiliated programs receive training on all equipment and special procedures offered at both sites and receive training, mentoring, and examination from Karmanos Cancer Center program faculty. For additional information on each of these positions, please see our program postings on the AAPM Medical Physics Residency Application Program site at

Residents receive salaried support and a benefit package commensurate with other salaried hospital employees. Our program has been in operation for more than 10 years and over 20 residents have matriculated into our program and its affiliates during this time.  All of these trainees have secured clinical radiation oncology physics positions immediately following graduation, and our first-time pass rate for the American Board of Radiology oral board certification examination is greater than 90 percent.

Please click here for program statistics. 


Applicants must have a graduate degree in Medical Physics or an MS or Ph.D. in a closely related field along with all training prerequisites specified by AAPM Report #197S. Preference will be given to graduates of CAMPEP accredited graduate education programs. 

To apply, visit the American Association of Physicists in Medicine Residency Common Application (CAP) website at ( Applications are accepted from October through early December. Residents typically start July 1.

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