Medical Physics Imaging Residency Program

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

David W. Jordan, Ph.D.,
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


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 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Note: One position will be available for June 2017. 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.

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