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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 ten high-energy linear accelerators (Elekta), as well as Pinnacle, RayStation and Monaco planning systems and MOSAIQ OIS, three large bore CT scanners (Philips), one large bore PET-CT (Philips) and one large bore 3T MRI (Philips)., The accelerators have onboard cone beam imaging and VMAT delivery capability with six degree-of-freedom robotic tables. The Royal Oak hospital has an IBA ProteusOne synchrocyclotron for proton therapy with pencil beam scanning and an Elekta Icon Gamma Knife unit. An Elekta Unity MR linac recently began treating patients.  Extra imaging and localization devices in external beam radiotherapy include 4D real-time ultrasound and Active Breathing Control devices (Elekta). In addition, three Elekta HDR units with online planning systems, ultrasound units, and C-arms are utilized in the brachytherapy program. 

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


Academic YearNumber of ApplicationsNumber offered admissionsNumber enrolled in programNumber completing programDestination of graduates - clinicalDestination of graduates - academic

Current Residents

Mark Stefani, Ph.D.

Dr. Mark Stefani earned his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering after completing his Masters in Physics from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. His academic research focused on the design, commissioning, and characterization of a compact magnetized electron gun for application in waste water treatment utilizing radiation. He then held a post-doc position through Jefferson National Accelerator Facility designing a polarized positron Source. Wanting a more medically focused career, Mark decided to complete a 2-year Medical Physics Graduate Certificate Program through Wayne State University in Detroit, MI; allowing him to pursue a Medical Physics residency. Along with his current residency position at Beaumont Health, Mark also works for his home county’s Emergency Medical Services. 

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.

Program Director

Patrick McDermott, Ph.D., FAAPM

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