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Radiation Therapy Physics Residency

The purpose of the residency is to provide the training necessary for the medical physics resident to become an independent academic clinical medical physicist in radiation therapy. This is achieved through a 3 year residency program, with two years focused on clinical training (preparing the resident for certification by the American Board of Radiology (ABR)), and a third research year, giving the resident the opportunity to establish a research path which can be expanded and further explored upon graduation from this program.

The Beaumont Health radiation therapy physics residency is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). The program follows all CAMPEP guidelines. The curriculum provides comprehensive, mentored, hands-on experience, and progressive responsibility providing the opportunity to work towards becoming fully independent by the time residents complete the program. 

The program currently supports three residents. We do not anticipate any openings until early 2022.

Applicants should have a Masters or PhD in medical physics from a CAMPEP accredited program or a PhD from a closely related field and a certificate from CAMPEP. “A certificate program is a program of didactic coursework offered by a CAMPEP-accredited graduate or residency program, intended to enable individuals with a doctoral degree in physics or a related discipline to meet the didactic requirements needed to enter a CAMPEP-accredited residency program.” The Beaumont Medical Physics Residency is a clinical training program. The applicant is expected to have the necessary formal coursework in this field.

The Clinical Physics Division of Radiation Oncology at Beaumont is currently staffed with 20 physicists and 17 dosimetrists. We provide a full range of clinical services at three cancer centers at Royal Oak, Troy and Dearborn, including:

  • Proton therapy with pencil beam scanning (IBA ProteusOne superconducting synchrocyclotron)
  • IMRT
  • VMAT
  • SBRT
  • SRS
  • IGRT and Adaptive RT 
  • HDR/LDR brachytherapy, intravascular brachytherapy and electronic brachytherapy

The three centers maintain three large bore CT scanners (Philips), one large bore PET-CT (Philips), one large bore 3T MRI (Philips), one Gamma Knife unit (Elekta), ten high-energy linear accelerators (Elekta), as well as Pinnacle and RayStation planning systems and MOSAIQ OIS. Eight of the ten accelerators have onboard cone beam imaging capability; five of them have dynamic VMAT delivery function and six degree-of-freedom robotic table. Extra imaging and localization devices in external beam radiotherapy include 4D real-time ultrasound and Active Breathing Control device (Elekta). In addition, three Elekta HDR units with online planning systems, ultrasound units, and C-arms are utilized in the brachytherapy program. It is anticipated that an Elekta MR linac will be installed in 2020.

Beaumont also has a medical residency program in radiation oncology and a dosimetry education program. 


Statistics

Academic YearNumber of ApplicationsNumber offered admissionsNumber enrolled in programNumber completing programDestination of graduates - clinicalDestination of graduates - academic
20163022000
2017002000
2018002000
20191533211

Current Residents

Vadas_JessicaJessica Vadas, Ph.D

Dr. Jessica Vadas received her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics and graduate certificate in Medical Physics from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. For her dissertation, Dr. Vadas studied nuclear fusion reactions involving neutron-rich light and mid-mass nuclei. Her work included investigating the survival of cluster structure following fusion of light alpha cluster nuclei, and measuring the fusion cross-sections of neutron-rich nuclei as well as their beta-stable counterparts to explore the impact of the additional neutrons on fusion. In her dissertation year, Dr. Vadas simultaneously pursued her graduate certificate in Medical Physics. During that time, she held an internship position at the IU Health Radiation Cancer Center, where she worked primarily on treatment planning in Eclipse and QA on a Varian TrueBeam.

Andy_QinAndy Qin, Ph.D

Dr. Andy(An) Qin has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on multi-modality image-guided adaptive radiotherapy, deformable image registration, motion management, proton arc therapy, and deep learning applications in radiation oncology. He has published 14 peer-reviewed papers and over 20 abstracts in national/international meetings in the field of therapeutic medical physics. 

His representative projects: 

  • Adaptive Auto-segmentation/4D-inverse planning for prostate cancer patient
  • Biomechanical model based Deformable image registration 
  • Convolutional Neural Network based Synthetic CT generation for MR-only planning
  • 3D/4D CBCT-based treatment dose accumulation system
  • Real-time KV-streaming based vertebrate tracking system
  • Spot-scanning proton arc therapy for lung and H&N cancer patient

Myziuk_NicholasNicholas Myzuik, Ph.D

Dr. Myziuk has a multi-disciplinary background that started with a double undergraduate major in mathematics and physics, He began his career as a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the United States Navy. This was followed by a civilian career in geophysics where he found an interest in developing bandwidth-enhancing tools for the seismic data industry. After acquiring an MS in Geophysics in 2014, he began working as a frontier Geophysicist for a leading E&P service provider, ION geophysical. 

Dr Myziuk left the oil and gas industry in early 2016 to pursue a PhD in Medical Physics at Wayne State University. He applied his skills to advancing detection of pulmonary embolisms with non-contrast 4D CT imaging in the Emergency Department at Beaumont Hospital. He has been involved in the implementation of a wide range of clinical projects and inventions throughout the hospital. He has also participated in multiple capstone projects with students from Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine.


Program Director

Patrick McDermott, Ph.D., FAAPM


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