Program Overview:

The Clinical Physics Residency Program at the University of Virginia was established in 2008 and obtained CAMPEP accreditation in 2010. The two-year program provides clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics, including dosimetry, QA, machine commissioning, brachytherapy, and advanced treatment techniques such as Total Body Irradiation, Motion Management, IMRT, IGRT, and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. The program director is Jeff Siebers, Ph.D. (js2ub@virginia.edu). The program coordinator is Rebekah McComb (rm5dg@virginia.edu).

Department Overview:

The Department of Radiation Oncology currently employs seven radiation oncologists, seven physicists and four dosimetrists. There is also a medical residency program with six residents. The department, operated within the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center at the University of Virginia, uses a TomoTherapy HD and a Varian TrueBeam for external beam treatments. A dedicated brachytherapy suite is equipped with a Siemens CT-on-rails and Varian Varisource iX for an expanding image guided brachytherapy program. The department also operates the Moser Radiation Therapy Center, located three miles from the main center, which is equipped with a Varian Trilogy. The department has a joint venture with Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center (CMC), 45 miles to the north of the main campus. Treatments at CMC are performed with a TomoTherapy HD. External beam treatment modalities include IMRT, IGRT, TBI, SBRT, as well as Gamma Knife treatments.


The program currently admits one resident each year, for a total of two residents in the program at one time. The position is posted, in October of each year, on the AAPM website, as well as the AAPM Common Application Program website (aapm.org/CAP), with an application deadline of December 15. Offers to the residency program are made the first Friday in March. The program has a July 1 start date; although an alternate start date can be negotiated.

Program Graduates:

Graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers, including those with academic appointments at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Duke University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Program History:

Program Academic Year# Applicants# Accepted# Graduated# Now Certified# Currently Clinically Employed# Currently Academically Employed

*The resident who would have graduated in 2013 left the program after 1 year to take an academic position.