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Medical Physics Residency Consortium: collaborative endeavors to meet the ABR 2014 certification requirements.

Authors
  • Parker, Brent C
  • Duhon, John
  • Yang, Claus C
  • Wu, H Terry
  • Hogstrom, Kenneth R
  • Gibbons, John P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of applied clinical medical physics / American College of Medical Physics
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Volume
15
Issue
2
Pages
4490–4490
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1120/jacmp.v15i2.4490
PMID: 24710434
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In 2009, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) established a Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program to provide opportunities for medical physics residency training to MS and PhD graduates of the CAMPEP-accredited Louisiana State University (LSU)-MBPCC Medical Physics Graduate Program. The LSU-MBPCC Program graduates approximately six students yearly, which equates to a need for up to twelve residency positions in a two-year program. To address this need for residency positions, MBPCC has expanded its Program by developing a Consortium consisting of partnerships with medical physics groups located at other nearby clinical institutions. The consortium model offers the residents exposure to a broader range of procedures, technology, and faculty than available at the individual institutions. The Consortium institutions have shown a great deal of support from their medical physics groups and administrations in developing these partnerships. Details of these partnerships are specified within affiliation agreements between MBPCC and each participating institution. All partner sites began resident training in 2011. The Consortium is a network of for-profit, nonprofit, academic, community, and private entities. We feel that these types of collaborative endeavors will be required nationally to reach the number of residency positions needed to meet the 2014 ABR certification requirements and to maintain graduate medical physics training programs.

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