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Student Education and Training Program

Student Education and Training

Stony Brook Medicine is a highly acclaimed academic and regional hospital. Our mission is to provide excellence in patient care, education, research, and community service. This mission is achieved through the commitment to the core values of Quality, Excellence, Integrity, Honesty, and Respect. In compliance to this mission, the Radiation Oncology Department fosters and supports four nationally recognized programs that encourage the Stony Brook University community to continue its education in the fields of Radiation Oncology, Medical Dosimetry and Medical Physics.

MD Residency Training Program

The program provides the trainees with comprehensive structured cognitive and practical clinical education that will enable them to be competent, proficient and professional oncologists.  The trainees will have comprehensive knowledge in oncology in general and in clinical and basic science.  They will learn the techniques, practice, knowledge, and methodology of radiation oncology, and be prepared for board certification.  The training will be fully covered by the faculty supervision in the expertise fields of radiation oncology at SBUH where they can have sufficient clinical experience with diverse oncological cases.The program will provide the trainee with advanced and concentrated training and will also provide rotations from other specialty residents.  The program is committed to developing an environment of collaborative teamwork, compassionate care, and committed to the training of physicians for academic practice and community cancer care.

 

Medical Dosimetry Program

The Medical Dosimetry Program is accredited by JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiation Technology). The Medical Dosimetry Program is a 1-year Post-Baccalaureate program offered as a continuation of the Health Science major and provide students eligibility for the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board exam.   Students work alongside the Radiation Oncology staff within the department, as well as several satellite facilities as to further their experience. Students work clinically to hone their skills in a professional setting while continuing academic classes taught by departmental faculty and staff.

The Post-Baccalaureate Medical Dosimetry program offers accepted students a first-hand experience in treatment planning, dose calculations, and responsibilities pertinent to that of a board certified Medical Dosimetrist. As the students continue with a regular regimen of classes, the program concurrently prepares students to handle clinical responsibilities that one would encounter on a daily basis as well as obstacles that may appear on an occasional agenda. During the clinical year, students also undergo a series of tasks that render them competent in basic dosimetry techniques.

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Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program

The Medical Physics Residency Program is 24 months in length. The residency training will take place under the close supervision of experienced therapeutic radiologic physicists. The program emphasizes all areas of clinical training and experience that will be required by a therapeutic radiologic physicist to practice in a "state-of-the-art" treatment facility.

Medical Physics Resident Program Statistics

Year

# of Applicants

#  Accepted

#  Have Graduated

#  Now Certified

#Currently Clinical Employments

# Currently Academic Appointments

2006

6

1

1

1

1

 

2007

12

1

1

1

1

 

2008

18

1

1

1

1

 

2009

20

1

1

1

1

 

2010

23

1

0

1

1

 

2011

25

1

0

 

 

 

2012

15

0

0

 

 

 

2013

24

1

1

1

1

 

2014

15

0

0

 

 

 

2015 

31   1  1  1  1  

2016

20 0 0      

2017 

30 1 1 0 1  

Training Schedule for Medical Physics Resident

Year 1 - Freshman

Month 1-Simulation

  1. Patient positioning and immobilization
  2. Treatment simulation
  3. Target and structure delineation
  4. Field definition
  5. Simulation techniques for curative intent cases
  6. Simulation techniques for palliative intent and emergency cases
  7. Treatment time and monitor unit calculations

Months 2-4-Basic Training in Treatment Planning

  1. Data transfer and planning tools
  2. Basic treatment planning concepts
  3. Prescription, evaluation, and dose reporting guidelines
  4. Treatment planning techniques for different sites

Months 5-6- Clinical Treatment Planning

  1. Clinical aspects of treatment planning
  2. Clinical treatment delivery
  3. Clinical treatment planning and delivery of electron beams

Months 7-9-Brachytherapy Treatment Planning and Dose Delivery

  1. High dose rate brachytherapy (HDR) basics
  2. Treatment time calculations for HDR brachytherapy
  3. 2D Treatment planning for HDR brachytherapy
  4. 3D Treatment planning for HDR brachytherapy
  5. Eye treatments
  6. LDR brachytherapy
  7. Permanent implants

Months 10-12- Advanced External Beam Treatment Planning and Delivery Techniques

  1. 3D Conformal Radiation Therapy and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
  2. ARIA Oncology Information System
  3. SRS and SRT: Stereotactic RadioSurgery and RadioTherapy
  4. SBRT: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy and ExacTrac
  5. Respiratory GatingIGRT: Image Guided Radiation Therapy and ExacTrac ® X-ray 6DTBI: Total Body Irradiation

Year 2-Senior

Months 1-5- Quality Assurance

  1. QA program
  2. Guidelines for radiation oncology QA programs
  3. QA equipment
  4. QA measurement
  5. Technical specification, acceptance testing, and commissioning of treatment units
  6. Specification, acceptance testing, and commissioning of treatment planning systems
  7. Clinical reference dosimetry
  8. External QA audits
  9. Absolute dosimetry

Month 6- Radiation Protection

  1. Radiation safety program
  2. Regulations
  3. Licensing
  4. Radiation safety issues
  5. Facility design and radiation surveying techniques

Months 7-12-Clinical Physics Practice and Project

  1. Clinical rotation
  2. Chart review
  3. Project
  4. Teaching

Clinical Medical Physics Application Process

The applicant must have a MS or PhD (or equivalent degree) in medical physics or in a related science or engineering field. To better homogenize the experience gained in the two-year residency program and in recognition of the need to focus the residency period on clinical experience rather than didactic education CAMPEP now requires that:

  1. Students applying for a Medical Physics Residency programs shall have acquired a strong foundation in basic physics. This should be documented by either an undergraduate degree in physics or a degree in a related engineering or physical science with coursework equivalent to a minor in physics (including two general physics courses with calculus and three upper level courses in, for example, electricity and magnetism, atomic physics, nuclear physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, or mechanics).
  2. Students applying for a Medical Physics Residency program shall have a masters or doctoral degree in medical physics, radiologic physics, physics or other relevant physical science or engineering discipline. The candidate should have taken a minimum of three graduate courses in medical physics. These might include, for example, General Radiation Physics (equivalent to BME 517at Stony Brook), Medical Health Physics (equivalent to BME 519 at Stony Brook), Radiation Oncology Physics (equivalent to BME 540 at Stony Brook), Clinical Radiation Oncology Physics (equivalent to BME 617 at Stony Brook), and in addition, one in Biology or Radiation Biology and one in Anatomy or Physiology are required.

There is one position in the Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Residency Program each year on a competitive basis. To apply for the program please submit:

  • Application Form (requires Adobe Reader)
  • A letter explaining your interests in our program
  • College and graduate school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application materials should be sent to the address below. For more information regarding the Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Residency Program please contact:

Zhigang (Josh) Xu, Ph.D., DABR
Director, Medical Physics
Department of Radiation Oncology
Stony Brook University Hospital 
Stony Brook, NY 11794

Tel: (631)444-3617

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CAMPEP approved Medical Physics graduate program.


The Medical Physics Graduate Track resides in the Biomedical Engineering Department and offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) has accredited our Program (2010). The Stony Brook Medical Physics track is interdisciplinary with faculty from: radiology, radiation oncology, biomedical engineering, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. We offer sub-tracks in Imaging Physics and Oncology Physics. Our faculty is involved in Medical Physics research and clinical service. Faculty expertise include magnetic resonance imaging, image processing, virtual imaging, positron emission tomography, detector physics for imaging, microplanar beam radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, dynamic infrared imaging, and dosimetry, etc. For more information, please follow the link:

http://bme.sunysb.edu/grad/medicalphysics.html