Medical Physics

Graduate and Residency Programs
Medical physics residents and staff.

Residency in Medical Physics

The University of Chicago Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology offers a two year Medical Physics Residency Program. The training program is based on the Guidelines for Accreditation of Medical Physics Residency Programs as published by Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program (CAMPEP). The program is directed toward providing a 2 year program of progressive supervised clinical training for graduates of CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate education programs or graduates of other programs such as the University of Chicago graduate program in Medical Physics. Additional medical physics didactic training will be provided to graduates of other physics-related programs.

The objective of the residency program is to provide training in radiation oncology physics in a structured clinical environment for individuals wishing to practice professional radiation oncology physics. Residents, under the supervision of board-certified medical physicists, will participate in the routine clinical duties of a radiation oncology physicist. At the conclusion of the program, the resident will be able to demonstrate competency in all areas of radiation oncology physics and will be prepared to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiology Physics.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Chicago is comprised of 3 divisions: Clinical Radiation Oncology, Medical Physics, and Cancer Biology. The department provides service to four clinical sites: University of Chicago Medical Center in Hyde Park section of Chicago, University of Illinois/Chicago campus, University of Chicago Medicine Cancer Center at Silver Cross, and University of Chicago Medicine Cancer Center at Orland Park. Radiation Oncology staff includes 8 Ph.D. physics faculty, 10 clinical physics staff, 8 dosimetrists, 2 physics residents, 10 M.D. radiation oncology faculty, 10 medical residents, and 6 Ph.D. cancer biology faculty. Total external beam treatments number 165 – 200 per day. Brachytherapy procedures are performed at the University of Chicago Medical Center and University of Illinois/Chicago campus. Patients are routinely enrolled on national and institutional protocols.

Details of the University of Chicago Medical Physics Residency program can be found in Resident Handbook.

The medical physics residency program is housed in the Division of Medical Physics. Physics residents report to the Director of the Residency Program in Medical Physics (Kamil M. Yenice, Ph.D.). The Medical Physics Residency Steering Committee oversees the medical physics residency program and reviews the clinical training and didactic education program on an annual basis.

Graduation Year Applicants Offers Accepted Graduates Certified Positions Held
2006 63 1 1 1 1 Clinical
2007 65 2 1 2 2 Clinical, Academic
2008 60 2 1 1 1 Academic
2009 69 3 1 1 1 Clinical
2010 73 1 1 1 1 Academic
2011 100 3 1 1 1 Academic
2012 96 4 2 1 1 Academic
2013 - - - - - -
2014 145 3 1 1 1 Clinical
2015 183 1 1 1 1 Academic
2016 60 1 1 1 1 Clinical
2017 58 1 1 1 1 Academic
2018 58 1 1 1 1 Clinical
2019 51 1 1 1 1 Clinical
2020 51 1 1 1 1 Clinical
2021 47 1 1 1 1 Industrial
2022 48 1 1 1 1 Clinical
2023 114 1 1 1 - Academic
2024 109 1 1 1 - Clinical

To apply to the University of Chicago Medical Physics Residency Program in Therapy, please use the Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP). In order to be eligible for this residency all applicants must have the following:

  • MS Applicants: Completion of a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program
  • PhD Applicants: Completion of a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program or a certificate program

Applications for a residency position starting on July 1st in a given year should be submitted online through the AAPM MP-RAP system between October 15 and December 15 in the preceding year.


Graduate Program in Medical Physics

The Radiation Oncology Department co-sponsors this CAMPEP-accredited graduate program along with the Department of Radiology. For more information go to the program's official website.