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Radiation Oncology Physics Residency

The Department of Radiation Oncology at UC Irvine School of Medicine offers a two-year residency in Radiation Oncology Physics that is  accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).

The objective of the program is to provide the necessary knowledge base and clinical skills to ensure that upon successful completion the graduating resident is able to function safely and competently as an independent clinical radiation oncology physicist with minimal supervision.

Upon successful completion of the residency the resident would have met all eligibility requirements for the certification examination offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Therapeutic Medical Physics.

The program is administered by the Division of Medical Physics, a division within the Department of Radiation Oncology. One resident is accepted every two years. The training has both didactic and practical components and follows the guidelines for residency training recommended by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group 249.

The practical component consists of eight clinical rotations. Each rotation has its own learning objectives and is of three months duration. During these rotations, the resident is required to participate in all aspects of clinical activities of the Division of Medical Physics. The resident’s performance is evaluated at the conclusion of each rotation and (s)he is expected to be successful in order to proceed to the next rotation.

The resident attends didactic lectures in medical physics, radiation biology and clinical radiation oncology. Attendance at departmental and multidisciplinary clinical conferences is also required.

Part of the training is an assignment of several presentations as well as successful completion of clinical projects. The residents are encouraged to contribute to research activities.

Physics Residency Program Statisticsa

Year

Applicants

Accepted

Graduated

Certified

Clinical Employments

Academic Appointments

1999b

20

1

0

0

0

0

2001

15

1

1

1

0

1

2003

N/Ac

1

1

1

1

0

2005

36

1

1

1

0

1

2007d

64

1

1

1

1

0

2009

67

1

1

1

0

1

2011

42

1

1

1

1

0

2013

96

1

1

1

1

0

2015

96

1

1

1

0

1

2017

51

1

1

1e

1

0

2019

39

1

1

-

1

0

a   Program capacity is 1 resident every two years, i.e. there is only one resident in the program at any one time
b   First year of program
c   Data not available 
d   First CAMPEP accreditation (reaccredited in 2012, 2017)
e    Completed ABR Certification in 2019

Current Resident

Rasha Makkia

Rasha Makkia

Title: Physics Specialist

Graduate School:  MS in Applied Physics, East Carolina University

Graduate School: PhD in Biomedical Physics, East Carolina University

Hobbies/Activities: Traveling, Running, Reading, and spending time with family.

Favorite aspect of Orange County: Ideal weather, great parks to visit and restaurants to explore. 

  

For additional information regarding the Radiation Oncology Physics Residency program please contact the Residency Program Coordinator, Melanie Young, at melanidy@uci.edu