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BC Cancer's Medical Physics Residency Program is a two-year, structured training program supervised and mentored by qualified clinical practitioners.
Goal & Objectives

The goal of BC Cancer Medical Physics Residency Program is to prepare graduates of medical physics graduate degree programs for competent clinical practice in radiation therapy physics. 

The program has been accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) since 2011. This is a two-year, structured training program supervised and mentored by qualified clinical practitioners following the guidelines in AAPM report 90. 

The program helps to develop the appropriate awareness, knowledge and clinical and technical skills required in a resident to perform their role as a medical physicist competently and independently within the multidisciplinary clinical team. Included in this program are rotations through all areas of clinical practice, including treatment planning, brachytherapy, quality assurance, radiation protection, radiation biology, imaging and commissioning and support of radiotherapy equipment. 

The program provides the minimum clinical experience qualification for the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine membership examination. The resident may need to perform significant study in parallel with this training program to adequately prepare for this examination. There are opportunities for the resident to supplement their learning through the graduate medical physics courses offered at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria

BC Cancer is a multi-centre Cancer Care organization spanning the province of British Columbia. Currently, there are six treatment centres in operation: AbbotsfordFraser ValleyKelownaPrince GeorgeVancouver and Victoria. With the exception of Prince George, all centres formally participate in the residency program.

The residency program is designed such that residents may train at any participating centre under a standard curriculum, subject to standard evaluation mechanisms, and is coordinated by a core committee comprised of representatives from all participating centres. 

Program structure

The essentials of the program training curriculum include:

1. Clinical training rotations:

  • Introduction to the radiation therapy process
  • Quality assurance and commissioning
  • External beam treatment planning
    • Includes Case Study Series in conjunction with the BC Cancer Radiation Oncology Program
  • Brachytherapy
  • Radiation protection and radiation biology
  • Imaging in radiation therapy
  • Special techniques

2. Attendance at clinical conferences and seminars 
3. Teaching opportunities 
4. Education in professional aspects of medical physics 
5. Involvement in routine clinical practice tasks 
6. Clinical development project

Admission

The program prefers to accept candidates who are graduates of CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate education programs to ensure that all graduate and undergraduate physics course requirements are met. 

In the case where a candidate meets the undergraduate requirements but has not graduated from a CAMPEP approved graduate program, the supervisor and program director will perform an academic review to determine which graduate courses along with directed studies are required for successful completion of the residency program. All components described in the American Association of Physicists in Medicine TG Report #197 (Academic Program Recommendations for Graduate Degrees in Medical Physics), are required. Two remedial courses (three credit hour equivalent) will be permitted. 

A full range of graduate medical physics courses are available to BC Cancer physics residents through the CAMPEP accredited medical physics graduate programs at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.

Application procedures

BC Cancer enrols in the Medphys Match National Matching Program. Positions are posted annually on the website under "BC Cancer Medical Physics Residency Program", typically late in the calendar year (before December 1st) for July enrollment in the subsequent year.  Application timelines are available on the Medphys Match website.  Details on the matching program are found on the Medphys Match website.

Information on program graduates

See past statistics for the number of graduates, certification and employment appointments and more.

Applicants: 50+
Accepted: 2
Graduated: -
Certified: -
Clinical Employments: -
Academic Appointments: -

Applicants: 50+
Accepted:  3
Graduated:  -
Certified:  -
Clinical Employments:  -
Academic Appointments: -

Applicants: 50+
Accepted:  2
Graduated:  2
Certified:  -
Clinical Employments:  2
Academic Appointments: -

Applicants: 50
Accepted: 1
Graduated: 1
Certified: -
Clinical Employments: 1
Academic Appointments: -

Applicants: 72
Accepted: 2
Graduated: 2
Certified: 2
Clinical Employments: 2 
Acadamic Appointments: -

Applicants: 18
Accepted: 1
Graduated: 1
Certified: 1
Clinical Employments: 1 
Academic Appointments: -

Applicants: n/a
Accepted: 1
Graduated: 1
Certified: 1
Clinical Employments: 1 
Academic Appointments: -

Applicants: n/a
Accepted: 2
Graduated: 2
Certified: 2
Clinical Employments: 2 
Academic Appointments: -

Applicants: n/a
Accepted: 1
Graduated: 1
Certified: 1
Clinical Employments: 1 
Academic Appointments: -

Applicants: n/a
Accepted: 2
Graduated: 2
Certified: 1
Clinical Employments: 2 
Academic Appointments: -


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