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Radiation Medicine




Medical Physics Residency Program

 Program Goal & Objectives
The CAMPEP accredited Medical Physics Residency Program’s primary goal is to offer clinical training opportunities for students wishing to become practitioners in Radiation Therapy Physics. The 24 month training program is designed to meet existing professional standards for Medical Physics Residency Programs and to provide additional training in evolving special procedures.

Program History

The University of Kentucky enjoys a long and rich history of providing clinically-oriented
Medical Physics education. The graduate program began in 1968 and has graduated over 150 students. It received CAMPEP accreditation in 1998. The University of Kentucky Graduate Medical Physics Program (UKGMP) has always placed a strong emphasis on clinical training for its students. Unlike other MS degree granting programs, we do not require a research thesis; rather, the students participate in a clinical practicum. This provides hands-on experience in the major aspects of radiation therapy physics.

Program Structure & Governance

Lobby.jpgThe Medical Physics Residency is housed in the Department of Radiation Medicine at the
University of Kentucky. Administrative oversight for the program flows through our Graduate Medical Education (GME) office. The UK Department of Radiation Medicine is chaired by Dr Marc Randall, MD. Its academic and clinical components are integrated under the College of Medicine and the UK Health System. Local program administration and oversight is performed by the Radiation Medicine Director of Medical Physics, Dr. Janelle Molloy, Ph.D. The Medical Physics faculty consists of 4 members who are board certified and 2 members who are in the process of achieving certification.

Training Requirements

It is the goal of a residency program to instill in their students the ability to operate in a confident and independent manner. As the capabilities of a resident increase with their time in the program, more responsibility will be given to them at the discretion of the academic staff of the program and with the approval of the Program Director. Residents are trained in all aspects of Radiation Therapy Physics as specified by AAPM Report 90. 

Tomo 1.jpgResidents must complete a series of 8 rotations, each lasting 1-4 months, followed by a period of full time clinical service. These are:

  • Machine QA (3 months)
  • Treatment Planning (4 months)
  • Brachytherapy, including radiopharmaceuticals (3 months)
  • Radiation Protection/Radiation Safety (1 month)
  • Special Procedures (3 months)
  • Dosimetry Systems and Treatment Aids (3 months)
  • Information Systems (1 month)
  • Research/Clinical Improvement Project (3 months)
  • Full time clinical service (3 months)

The residents  also participate in all aspects of clinical medical physics services, including weekly chart check, plan check and machine quality assurance.

Residents  participate in relevant departmental conferences and seminars including;

  • New Patient Conference
  • Radiation Oncology Medical Residents Educational Conference
  • Department Journal Club
  • Medical Physics Graduate Seminar Course
  • Medical Physics Journal Club


9-30-09 035.jpgThe intent the residency program is to provide residency education for graduates of our Masters Program in Medical Physics.
Our intent for the foreseeable future is to accept only diplomats of CAMPEP accredited graduate programs with preference given to graduates from the UK Medical Physics Graduate program. In the event that circumstances evolve such that we deem it necessary to consider applicants from related backgrounds, the components of the residency will be modified in order to comply with existing CAMPEP guidelines regarding didactic and clinical educational requirements.

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UK Radiation Medicine is part of the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center. Our facilities have been very recently upgraded to include a complete renovation of our clinical facilities. Recent equipment installations include Tomotherapy, wide-bore 4DCT simulation, On-Board Imaging including cone-beam CT, and Gamma Knife Perfexion. In addition, our information management system was upgraded to Mosaiq and a PACS system was installed. We offer a full range of clinical services to our patients including IMRT, SBRT, 3D conformal, TBI and TSI.

We are fortunate to have one of the most active brachytherapy programs in the region. We treat approximately 300 patients per year using our Varisource HDR unit, as well as numerous LDR procedures, including prostate brachytherapy, eye plaques for ocular melanoma, gold seed implants and Cs137 endocavitary applications. Radiopharmaceutical applications are also performed (i.e. Sm) As such, our residents are exposed to a uniquely diverse range of brachytherapy procedures.

Treatment planning is performed using our CMS Xio planning system. We have 6 full-function workstations located in our large, newly renovated dosimetry space, as well as 3 remote simulation/review workstations. Web-based connectivity is available clinic-wide via CMS Focal-Pro® remote viewing software.

All resident have access to the UK library system. This system houses multiple physical libraries including one in the College of Medicine, located in an adjacent building. On-line access to journals and search engines (e.g. Medline) is provided.

Planning Room - Dosimetry 1.jpgOur two residents share an office. They each have a desk top computer issued by the department of radiation medicine. They have access to a suite of software including Microsoft Office products, Mosaiq, Matlab, Adobe acrobat and other items. Our department conference room is equipped with two computers and two "smart board" screens that facilitate didactic teaching efforts.


For inquiries or questions, please contact:

Maria Renee Horn
Department of Radiation Medicine
University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital
800 Rose Street, Pavilion H, Room C-123
Lexington, KY 40536-0293
Phone: (859) 257-7616
Fax: (859) 257-4060

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