Medical Physics Residency
The Medical Physics Residency Program generally lasts two years, but may be extended to three. As the program is accredited, residents follow the CAMPEP syllabus, working through a series of clinical rotations and learning modules in radiation therapy. They cover such topics as:
- The overall radiation therapy process
- Dosimetry, quality assurance and accelerator calibration
- Treatment planning, dose calculation and optimization
- Specialized techniques, including in-vivo dosimetry, stereotactic, image guidance, orthovoltage and brachytherapy
- Radiation safety and treatment facility design
Physics residents participate in all aspects of the clinical physics workload, and each resident will take the lead on at least one research project during their term.
The residency program prepares its trainees through rigorous study and mentoring from senior physicists. Graduates are generally ready to apply for membership in the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine.
The funding of residency program positions throughout Ontario is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through Cancer Care Ontario. A general description of Medical Physics residency in Ontario is given at this link to the CCO Website. Some recent statistics (ex. number of positions, number of applicants etc. ) for the Kingston program is available here.
Medical Physics Graduate Students
Medical physics graduate students are part of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at Queen's, and their academic program largely mirrors that of their colleagues in other fields of physics. The medical physics program is research-based, culminating in the writing and defence of a thesis. Two courses in medical physics (PHYS 858 or its equivalent and PHYS 958 - see http://www.physics.queensu.ca/Courses/index.php ) are part of the program for all students; master's students take an additional two courses of their choice and doctoral students an additional five.
The program aims to produce well-rounded physicists who are experienced in a wide variety of situations. While the focus is on research in our non-accredited graduate program, most medical physics students will run several short investigative programs in dosimetry, radiation safety, quality assurance or other sub-fields of the profession, and will be exposed to many aspects of clinical physics at the CCSEO at KGH.
The requirements for admission into physics graduate studies at Queen’s University are described at here.
The medical physics department usually accepts one new resident per year, for a two-year term.
Candidates should have a Ph.D in medical physics or equivalent from a CAMPEP accredited university program. Additional graduate, undergraduate or industrial experience in physics and engineering, particularly in radiation physics, is an asset.
The requirements for admission into physics graduate studies at Queen’s University are described at:
Potential students should check current admission requirements with the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy. The medical physics master's program looks for candidates with a strong acadmeic record and an undergraduate degree in physics, engineering physics or a related field; Ph.D candidates should, in addition, hold a master's degree in one of these fields.
Kingston Medical Physics
Reverse Chronological List of Program Graduates
Date of Graduation
|Kurtis Dekker||PhD, Medical Physics||July 2020||Medical Physicist|
|Jean-David Jutras||PhD, Medical Physics||Sept 2019||Medical Physicist|
|Stefano Peca||PhD, Medical Physics||Sept 2018||Medical Physicist|
|Amr Heikal||PhD, Medical Physics||May 2016||Medical Physicist|
|Michel Lalonde||PhD, Medical Physics||Nov 2015||Medical Physicist|
|Tim Olding||PhD, Physics||Dec 2012||Medical Physicist|
|Lourdes Garcia||PhD, Physics||Dec 2012||Medical Physicist|
|Daxa Patel||MSc, Physics||May 2010||Medical Physicist|
|Xiangyang Mei||PhD, Physics||Apr 2009||Medical Physicist|
|Johnson Darko||PhD, Physics||Dec 2005||Medical Physicist|
|Shuying Wan||PhD, Physics||Oct 2004||Medical Physicist|
|Gregory Salomons||PhD, Physics||Jul 2002||Medical Physicist|
|Stephen Sawchuk||PhD, Applied Math||May 1996||Medical Physicist|
|Andrew Kerr||PhD, Med. Biophys.||May 1994||Medical Physicist|
|Frank Chisela||PhD, Physics||Jul 1992||Medical Physicist|
|Ted Sokolowski||MSc, Physics||Oct 1991||Medical Physicist|
|Moira Lumley||MSc, Physics||Jun 1998||Medical Physicist|
CCSEO-KGH receives between 20 to 30 applications for residency when a position is advertised.
Certification Attained: Of the past 12 graduates of our residency program, 11 have already attained certification through either the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, American Board of Radiology, or the American Board of Medical Physics.
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For information about program statistics for other programs in the province of Ontario, please go to this site.