Medical Physics: Resident Program Description & Availability

The University of Minnesota's Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Residency Program is conducted at the University of Minnesota Department of Radiation Oncology. The residency training program is conducted in accordance with AAPM Report 90 Guidelines and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP).  

The program duration is 2 years.

The intent of the program is to provide hands-on clinical education and to prepare the graduate for the ABR board certification examination and a professional career in radiation therapy. Extensive training is provided in the area of patient setup and positioning, treatment planning and planning computers, clinical dosimetry, brachytherapy, linac calibration and quality assurance, and radiation safety. Experience is offered in the special procedures of stereotactic radiosurgery (Gamma Knife), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), TomoTherapy, VMAT, SBRT, and low and high dose rate brachytherapy. 

The applicant must have an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics from a CAMPEP accredited program, or an M.S. or Ph.D. in physics or a closely related field with courses equivalent to a minor in Physics. For the latter two categories, the applicant must have completed at least 4 of the 6 required Medical Physics courses listed in AAPM Report 197S, in a CAMPEP accredited graduate or certificate program. No more than two required Medical Physics courses can be remediated during the two-year residency program. 

The program participates in the AAPM Common Application Program (CAP) program and the following information must be part of the application: personal information (name, address, contact information), ABR certification status, disclosure of criminal behavior, academic violations, and/or licensure actions, employment history, military service history (if applicable), education (undergraduate and graduate), three letters of recommendation (including one from your current advisor or department head), a personal statement (max 3000 characters) indicating why you want to go into Medical Physics, and anything else you want to communicate to the applications reviewers (this is instead of a cover letter), a CV (should include awards, publications and presentations), and official transcripts and a copy of TOEFL results (if applicable). More information regarding the official University of Minnesota employment posting and University employment application will be sent to applicants upon receipt of CAP application.

Application materials should be received before the December 19, 2017, deadline, and the position is contingent upon the applicant's legal eligibility to work in the United States. Decisions for filling the position will be completed by April 12, 2018.  It is hoped that the successful applicant will start July 1, 2018.

 Emails may be sent to for information regarding the Medical Physics Residency program.

Written correspondence may be directed to the following address:

Eric Ehler, PhD.
Director, Medical Physics Residency Program

University of Minnesota
Department of Radiation Oncology

Mayo Mail Code 494
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455