The Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN is accepting applications for our Medical Physics Residency Program in Therapeutic Radiological Physics. The program is in the process of applying for CAMPEP accreditation. We will NOT be participating in the NMS Match program this academic year, and therefore, will be able to make offers to preferred applicants before the official Match date. The qualified applicant may send application materials directly to the Program Director, Dr. Kenneth Homann, via email (information at end of listing). Application materials/requirements requested include:
MS or PhD from a CAMPEP accredited graduate program
Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae
Official Transcripts of Undergraduate and Graduate Work
Cover Letter/Personal Statement
3 Letters of Recommendation
GRE General Scores
Application is due January 1, 2020
The program is two years in length and begins ~June 20 of each year. Two residents will be brought on each year, bringing the total number of residents in the program to four at full capacity. Residents must have a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in medical physics from a CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate program or show proof of a completed CAMPEP accredited alternative pathway by the start of the residency (AAPM Report NO. 197S).
Successful candidates will possess the ability to work well in a strong team environment and have excellent communication skills. Residents receive a competitive salary and benefits package as well.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is currently staffed with eleven (11) board-certified Medical Physicists (7 Ph.D., 4 M.S.) and seven (7) Dosimetrists. The Downtown Nashville location is equipped with four (4) Varian linear accelerators: a Trilogy, Novalis Tx, and two (2) TrueBeams. All accelerators feature cone beam CT, kV on-board imaging, and MV portal imaging. The Novalis Tx system is additionally equipped with BrainLab’s ExacTrac image guidance system. A Varian Optical Surface Monitoring System (OSMS) is utilized for DIBH treatments on both TrueBeam systems.
Our four (4) satellite facilities house a total of five (5) Varian linear accelerators including two (2) True Beams, one (1) 21iX Clinac, one (1) 21EX Clinac, and our soon to be installed Varian Ethos system with Adaptive Radiation Therapy. All sites are located within a 50-mile radius of the main facility in Nashville proper.
Additional clinical equipment includes: (1) a Philips 16-slice, 4DCT-capable, large bore CT simulator; (2) a Varian VariSource HDR system (gynecological, intracavitary and interstitial), (3) an Axxent Xoft electronic brachytherapy system for intraoperative APBI, and (4) an intraoperative LDR seed implant program (prostate and eye plaque). Treatment planning systems include Varian Eclipse, BrainLab iPlan, and Varian BrachyVision/VariSeed. The Department also utilizes MIM Maestro for deformable image registrations and RadCalc as its secondary dose calculation engine. Varian’s ARIA suite serves as the Department’s record and verify system and VUMC utilizes EPIC for electronic medical record management.
RESIDENCY PROGRAM CURRICULUM
The residency will consist of twelve different modules over the course of the two-year training period. Each module will last for approximately two months. While effort will be made to present these modules in a logical progression, the program will have the flexibility to adjust the schedule to accommodate unique projects (e.g. equipment commissioning, annual tests, software implementation, etc.) and faculty availability. This will maximize both the resident’s exposure to potential onetime learning experiences in the clinic and their opportunity to directly learn from their mentors during their time at VUMC.
The level of responsibility for each resident will increase as proficiency and experience is gained and then validated. First year residents will be under direct supervision for all tasks initially with the goal of their independence continually increasing as the first-year progresses. Second year residents acquire even more responsibility as they continue to gain independence with the goal to be functioning as a junior physicist upon graduation.
For each rotation, quality assurance (QA) procedures and training will be a constant throughout the two-year training period. This includes:
Patient specific QA (IMRT QA, in-vivo measurements, etc.)
Linear Accelerator (Therapy and Imaging Components) and CT Simulator daily, monthly, and annual QA
New machine and software acceptance, commissioning, and implementation (when available)
In addition, over the course of their two-year training, the resident will:
Give 10-12 30-minute oral presentations to the physics group at bi-monthly physics meetings on either relevant Task Group reports or clinical projects currently being conducted
Sit for and successful pass 12 mock oral examinations covering the completed two-month module with the mentor physicists of that rotation asking questions closely simulating the ABR Part 3 Oral Exam
Submit an abstract to a regional/national conference or first draft to a peer reviewed publication over a Special Clinical Project (SCP) incorporated at the start of the 2nd year
Attend the following conferences/meetings when available including:
Physics meetings and presentations
Bi-weekly clinical chart rounds
For any further questions, please feel free to contact the Residency Program Director, Kenneth Homann, Ph.D., DABR.
About Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Managing more than 2 million patient visits each year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is one of the largest academic medical centers in the Southeast, and is the primary resource for specialty and primary care in hundreds of adult and pediatric specialties for patients throughout Tennessee and the Mid-South. The School of Medicine’s biomedical research program is among the nation’s top 10 in terms of National Institutes of Health peer review funding, receiving more than $500 million in public and private awards during 2016. The Medical Center is the region’s locus of postgraduate medical education, with over 1,000 residents and fellows training in more than 100 specialty areas. Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized each year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings as national leaders, with 19 nationally ranked adult and pediatric specialties. Through the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, VUMC is working with over 60 hospitals and 5,000 clinicians across Tennessee and five neighboring states to share best practices and bring value-driven and cost-effective health care to the Mid-...South. (Source: https://www.vumc.org/about/?_ga=2.253703049.1014420006.1570627926-222656014.1522957457)