Medical Physics Residency
Program Director – Eduardo G. Moros, PhD
Associate Program Director – Gage Redler, PhD
The CAMPEP accredited radiation oncology physics residency at Moffitt Cancer Center is a two-year program for individuals with an MS or PhD in medical physics from a CAMPEP accredited graduate program or individuals having completed a CAMPEP accredited certificate program. The overall objective is to provide comprehensive in-depth clinical training in all aspects of medical physics to prepare aspiring medical physicists for independent clinical practice in the field of radiation oncology. Upon successful completion of the program the resident will be adequately prepared to pursue board certification and meaningfully contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.
The residency training will consist of both hands-on experience and didactic learning. This training will be conducted following the guidelines set forth in the AAPM Report 249 (Essentials and guidelines for clinical medical physics residency training programs). General clinical areas that comprise this training include radiation safety, radiation or related equipment calibration/quality assurance, radiation dosimetry, treatment planning, treatment simulation and delivery, radiation shielding and facility design, specialized clinical procedures (e.g., SRS, SBRT, TBI, TSET, Radiopharmaceuticals, etc.), brachytherapy, and as opportunities arise the resident(s) will participate in the acceptance, commissioning, and implementation of new technologies and approaches in the clinic.
In order to comprehensively cover all relevant topics during the 2-year training, residents will be fully integrated into the daily clinical operation of the Department of Radiation Oncology. While the majority of this training will be under the guidance of board-certified medical physicists, this will be supplemented by the resident working closely with other members of the interdisciplinary department (e.g., radiation oncologists, medical residents, medical dosimetrists, radiation therapists, nurses, etc.). There will also be ample opportunities to work with other departments in the cancer center (e.g., Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery, etc.), ensuring the development of necessary communication and interpersonal skills for a successful career in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. If necessary, the resident training and didactic background can be supplemented with medical physics courses within the CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate program operated by faculty members of our department in conjunction with the Department of Physics at the University of South Florida (shared campus).
Upon completion of training, the resident will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the clinical practice of medical physics with a particular emphasis on the role of patient safety. Graduation will be conditional on demonstrating the necessary technical knowledge to apply advanced technologies used in radiation oncology with patient safety in mind. This will be a point of emphasis during the evaluation of the resident throughout training and in end-of-rotation exams. As an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, Moffitt Cancer Center makes every effort to remain up to date and at the cutting edge. As such, residents will be imbued with an appreciation of evolving advanced practices/technologies and there will be ample opportunities to participate in the deployment of new strategies and technologies in the clinical environment.
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Since its inception in 1986, Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) has rapidly developed into one of the epicenters for advanced cancer care and novel cancer research in the south eastern United States. Moffitt is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center based in the state of Florida (since 2001) with its presence in the community continually expanding (new satellites with radiation oncology services established in 2009, 2011, and scheduled for 2020). The center has been top 25 in NCI funding (for the past five years), in the top 5 for its clinical trials portfolio, and ranked as the number 11 hospital for cancer by the US News & World Report. As a testament to the educational environment, MCC recently became the fourth cancer center in the country to attain the prestigious "Institutional Accreditation” from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. MCC’s main campus is located on the campus of the University of South Florida (USF), with which there exists a well-established academic relationship (recently extended through 2073), where all MCC faculty members have academic appointments.
The Department of Radiation Oncology has experienced impressive growth in recent years. Patient load has increased from ~3000 treated in 2014 to ~5000 patients treated in 2019. The staff has grown significantly and currently consists of 25 physicians, 18 physicists, 16 dosimetrists, 48 therapists, 26 nurses, 8 medical assistants, and 7 administrative assistants. In 2014, Dr. Louis Harrison took over leadership as department chair, with the support of Dr. Peter Johnstone as vice chair. Under this leadership, the department has not only grown in numbers and influence but has focused on the principles of Dr. Harrison’s vision of FORT (the Future of Radiation Therapy) to guide the evolution of the available technologies and advanced approaches within the department (e.g., the acquisition of an MR-guided adaptive radiotherapy system). Currently, the department has a wide array of treatment modalities (including 3 Varian Trilogy, 3 Varian TrueBeam, 1 Varian Halcyon/Ethos, 1 Helical Tomotherapy, and 1 ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerators, an HDR remote after loader, and an Intrabeam IORT system), treatment planning software platforms (Pinnacle, RayStation, iPlan, Brainlab Elements, Tomotherapy, ViewRay, Oncentra, and Variseed), and imaging modalities (3 CT-simulators, 2 PET/CT simulators, and an MRI simulator). Planned expansions includes replacement of older treatment machines on an ~1 machine per year rotating schedule, the addition of two new linear accelerator vaults at a satellite facility in 2020, a dual-energy CT simulator, and proton therapy capabilities.
As a Fellow employed by Moffitt Cancer Center during Academic Year 2020-21, you will receive the following benefits:
- Medical insurance: premiums off-set by a stipend for your own coverage, and at a shared-cost basis for your spouse and/or dependents.
- Other insurance coverage as described in the Benefits brochure provided at orientation.
- Paid time off for holidays, sick time, vacation time and personal time: 25 days (8 Moffitt official holidays and 17 days for vacation, sick, personal)
- Paid time off for educational needs: 5 extra days
- Education fund for conferences, books, program library educational materials, subscriptions and other needs specific to training in your program: $3500 (All funding use at discretion of Program Director)
- Benefits are subject to Moffitt Cancer Center and/or Moffitt Cancer Center Graduate Medical Education policies and procedures
The Moffitt Cancer Center medical physics residency program will participate in the MedPhys match via the AAPM Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP). Required application materials are as follows:
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement (describing the applicant’s motivation for pursuing a clinical medical physics career in radiation oncology, relevant experience/training, career goals, etc.)
- Official undergraduate transcripts
- Official graduate transcripts
- Three letters of recommendation