Medical Physics Residency Program

The objective of the program is to provide clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics and prepare the resident for board certification.

Overview

We offer a two-year medical physics residency program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center. The objective of the program is to provide clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics and prepare the resident for board certification. Our residents work alongside medical physicists, radiation oncologists, and supporting staff to deliver optimal care to all our patients.

Welcome from the Medical Physics Clinical Residency Director

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Welcome from the Medical Physics Clinical Residency Director

Welcome to the Department of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University! We are committed to teaching, mentoring, and providing the best clinical training for our Medical Physics residents with a multifocal intent to improve patient care, support self-awareness, and inspire innovation to become transformative leaders to the profession. Our goal is to prepare our medical physics residents for clinical careers, including ABR board certification, and to train the next generation of leaders and scientists. VCU’s Medical Physics Residency program is designed to provide broad, in-depth training and instruction regarding the principles and modern practice of clinical radiation oncology physics as well as teach residents the ethical practice of working collaboratively amongst other health professionals in a structured and regulated environment dedicated to patient care. Our program is Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) accredited, and we welcome all qualified individuals interested in developing a career in the exciting and rewarding field of medical physics to apply to our residency program.

Mihaela Rosu-Bubulac, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Medical Physics Clinical Residency Director

Mission

Our mission is to provide clinical and didactic training to prepare our residents for practice in all aspects of therapeutic medical physics.

The medical physics residency program:

  • Prepares residents to practice clinical medical physics with expertise in various treatment and imaging modalities important in radiation oncology
  • Imbues residents with technical knowledge, skills, and competencies required for safe application of technologies.
  • Develops analytical and critical thinking skills to research and develop solutions to problems in a clinical setting.

Medical Physics Clinical Residency

The Department of Radiation Oncology works in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology and Physics to operate an active medical physics graduate program.

We offer a two-year medical physics residency program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center. The objective of the program is to provide clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics and prepare the resident for board certification. While we encourage residents to participate in research throughout their training period, this curriculum is primarily clinical.  

The residency program is currently structured to meet the requirements for accreditation and has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).  

Incoming medical physics residents will join a team that includes faculty medical physicists, dosimetrists, research and clinical trainees and two to three other medical physics residents. 

Curriculum

Residents will complete eight core rotations that cover all aspects of therapeutic medical physics. The rotations include work in the following:

 

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  • CT and MRI Simulation
  • 3D and IMRT/VMAT Treatment Planning
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
  • HDR Brachytherapy for prostate and gynecological malignancies
  • HDR Brachytherapy for breast, skin, and soft-skin sarcoma malignancies
  • LDR Brachytherapy for prostate and pancreatic cancer
  • Total Body Irradiation
  • Total Skin Electron Therapy
  • MRI Guided Radiation Therapy
  • Commissioning and QA
  • Shielding, Radiation Safety, and Regulatory Compliance

Admission Information

Candidates from both CAMPEP-approved and non-CAMPEP graduate programs are welcome to apply.

Prospective residents should have completed an M.S. or Ph.D. in physics, medical physics or a closely related discipline such as biomedical engineering.  

Candidates from programs that are and are not CAMPEP-approved programs are welcome to apply. Those from non-CAMPEP programs cannot have more than two unfulfilled CAMPEP course requirements, and they may take one course per semester for a maximum of two semesters to complete those requirements. This is consistent with the standards set forth by CAMPEP. Further details, including their latest policies, can be found at the CAMPEP website.

To apply, download and fill out the application below. Submit the completed application along with your CV, a personal statement, and transcripts via email to medphys@vcu.edu.

2022 VCU Medical Physics Residency Program Application

Timeline

We are now accepting applications for two Residency positions through October 1, 2021 for a start date of July 1, 2022. A virtual interview invitation will be sent out by October 15, 2021.


Applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States. At this time, our Department is not sponsoring individuals for immigration benefits for this position. 

Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health are equal opportunity/affirmative action institutions providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

How to Apply

To apply, download and fill out the application below. Submit the completed application along with your CV, a personal statement, and transcripts via email to medphys@vcu.edu.2022 Medical Physics Residency Application

Our Department

The Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU provides a full range of clinical services at the VCU Medical Center and its six satellite facilities within Virginia.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU provides a full range of clinical services at the VCU Medical Center and its six satellite facilities within Virginia. Services provided include IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, image-guided brachytherapy, hyperthermia, and stereotactic radiosurgery.

 

Residents will rotate through modules based on simulation and set-up verification, dosimetry (3D and IMRT), SBRT, SRS, LDR brachytherapy, HDR brachytherapy, Quality assurance, and more. The curriculum is set in accordance with CAMPEP, but allows for residents to explore areas of interest. While the residency is clinical focused, residents may have the opportunity to work with faculty on projects throughout their rotations.

 

The physics faculty conducts research in various areas of radiation therapy including IMRT/VMAT dosimetry and optimization, brachytherapy dosimetry and applicator development, CT image reconstruction, image-guided radiation therapy, deformable image registration, 4D MRI, clinical bio-marker study, and motion-adaptive radiation.

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Residency Program FAQs

Residents

Mitchell Polizzi [View Image]

Mitchell Polizzi

Chief Resident

Mitchell Polizzi [View Image]

Mitchell Polizzi

Chief Resident

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Email: Mitchell.Polizzi@vcuhealth.org

Jooyoung Sohn [View Image]

Jooyoung Sohn

Chief Resident

Jooyoung Sohn [View Image]

Jooyoung Sohn

Chief Resident

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Email: Jooyoung.Sohn@vcuhealth.org

Han Liu [View Image]

Han Liu

Resident

Han Liu [View Image]

Han Liu

Resident

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Email: Han.Liu@vcuhealth.org

Matthew Wagar [View Image]

Matthew Wagar

Resident

Matthew Wagar [View Image]

Matthew Wagar

Resident

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Email: matthew.wagar@vcuhealth.org

Contacts:

Miranda Cox, MS (she/her) [View Image]

Miranda Cox, MS (she/her)

Graduate and Residency Program Coordinator

Miranda Cox, MS (she/her) [View Image]

Miranda Cox, MS (she/her)

Graduate and Residency Program Coordinator

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Phone: +1.804.628.7780

Email: medphys@vcu.edu

Mihaela Rosu-Bubulac, Ph.D. [View Image]

Mihaela Rosu-Bubulac, Ph.D.

Medical Physics Clinical Residency Director

Mihaela Rosu-Bubulac, Ph.D. [View Image]

Mihaela Rosu-Bubulac, Ph.D.

Medical Physics Clinical Residency Director

Radiation Oncology

Email: mihaela.rosu@vcuhealth.org

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