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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 2025.

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.

Application materials must include:

  • a cover letter introducing your application and explaining your career goal
  • a CV
  • three letters of reference (sent directly by the candidate’s references
  • graduate transcripts

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. An Elekta MR linac is currently being installed and it is anticipated that patient treatment will begin in 2022.

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
2020003000
20211933312

Current Residents

Chen_ShupengShupeng Chen, Ph.D.

Dr. Shupeng Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics in 2021 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Chen’s Ph.D. research was conducted in the department of radiation oncology, Beaumont Health, Royal Oak, Michigan and the dissertation title is “18F-FDG PET/CT imaging Feedback for Tumor Voxel Dose-Response Assessment and Adaptive Dose Painting.” Dr. Chen has received a number of awards associated with his Ph.D. research project including the “Best-in-Physics” award from AAPM in 2019 and the “Basic/Translational Science” award from ASTRO in 2021. 

Dr. Chen has published 9 peer-reviewed papers and contributed over 30 abstracts to national or international conferences in the field of medical physics in radiation oncology. Dr. Chen has a broad research interest in multi-modality image guided treatment response assessment and adaptive radiotherapy.


King_EmilyEmily King, Ph.D.

Dr. Emily King received her Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after her Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her doctoral research was on the development and characterization of absolute dosimeters for kilo- and orthovoltage x-ray radiation. She designed and built a free-air ionization chamber to establish standard x-ray beams to match common radiobiology irradiators and established known-volume ionization chambers to investigate standard x-ray beams to be used in the higher orthovoltage energy range. In addition to research, Dr. King was heavily involved in teaching and clinical work during her Ph.D., including leading a student patient-specific QA team at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Myziuk_NicholasNicholas Myziuk, 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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