Goal & objectives
The goal of the BC Cancer Agency 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.
The BC Cancer Agency is a multi-centre Cancer Care organization spanning the province of British Columbia. Currently, there are six treatment centres in operation: Abbotsford, Fraser Valley, Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria. All centres participate in the residency program except Prince George as it was only opened in October 2012.
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.