Medical Physics Imaging Residency Program

David W. Jordan, Ph.D., DABR, DABMP, DABSNM

David W. Jordan, Ph.D.,
DABR, DABMP, DABSNM
Program Director

The goal of the medical physics residency program in the Department of Radiology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is to prepare residents for competent independent practice as certified medical physicists in diagnostic medical physics, nuclear medicine physics or both. Graduates are expected to have the knowledge, experience and demonstrated competencies to implement and maintain routine clinical procedures and practices and to evaluate, establish and monitor novel techniques for safety and efficacy.

Program Objectives

This residency program has several specific objectives supporting the attainment of this goal. Upon or before completion of the program, each resident should demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

  • The technical knowledge and skills related to the sophisticated technologies used in the practice of medical physics in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, or both
  • A critical awareness and evaluation of research and scholarship in the fields of diagnostic and nuclear medicine physics, extending to the fields of diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, molecular imaging, cardiology, surgery, and various medical specialties relying on imaging and image guidance
  • An understanding of the protocols and practices essential to the deployment of technologies to detect, diagnose and treat various illnesses and injuries
  • The ability to use analytical and research methods to solve problems arising in the clinical environment
  • The professional attributes and the ethical conduct and actions that are required of medical physicists
  • The communication and interpersonal skills that are necessary to function in a collaborative environment
  • An awareness of the complexity of knowledge in the field and a receptiveness to other interpretations, new knowledge, and different approaches to solving problems
  • An awareness of the need for confidentiality of patient information and familiarity with relevant regulations
  • An appreciation of the clinical purpose and applications of sophisticated technologies
  • The acknowledgement of the role of medical physicists in a clinical environment in which physicians, nurses, technologists and others work in cooperation
  • The sensitivity to potential hazards that residents may encounter and appropriate measures to take to prevent risks to themselves and equipment
  • The recognition and correction of suboptimal application or unsafe use of technologies
  • The commitment to continued education so that practice knowledge and skills remain current

Accreditation

Our residency program is currently pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). There are three training pathways in the program: two-year diagnostic medical physics, two-year nuclear medicine physics, and three-year combined (diagnostic and nuclear). All positions in this program are full time training positions.

Year # of Applicants # of Accepted # of Graduated # of Certified # of Clinical Position # of Academic Position # of Industry Position
2015 9* 2* N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 N/A 0 1 0 1 0 0

Note: One position will be available starting July 2018.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted through American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP) (CAP) and filled via the Medical Physics Match (MedPhys Match) administered by National Matching Services. Candidates will be required to complete an employment application and pre-employment screening with University Hospitals Human Resources, including criminal background checks, immunization history, and drug testing, prior to receiving a formal acceptance to the residency program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must graduate from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate degree program to be eligible for admission to the residency.

Applicants who hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in physics or a closely-related field (as determined and approved by the program director) and who complete a CAMPEP-accredited certificate program are eligible for admission to the residency.

Applicants who do not hold a graduate degree or certificate from a CAMPEP-accredited program will be considered on a case-by-case basis if they meet specific admission criteria; candidates from foreign degree programs with CAMPEP-equivalent accreditation, and Ph.D. graduates with coursework equivalent to the core requirements of a CAMPEP certificate program, should contact the Program Director for further information prior to applying. Such candidates may be responsible for obtaining CAMPEP approvals of their educational qualifications at their own expense.

Candidates are permitted to take up to two didactic courses to fulfill admission requirements after admission. Applicants are advised that didactic graduate courses are not offered or available within the residency program at UHCMC.

Candidates requiring such coursework during residency may complete it via courses at local universities or distance-learning opportunities in other medical physics graduate programs. Tuition costs for such coursework, and any CAMPEP reviews and approvals for courses offered outside CAMPEP-accredited programs, are the responsibility of the resident.

Contact Information

Program Director: David W. Jordan, Ph.D.
Phone: 216-286-6911
Email: David.Jordan@UHhospitals.org

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