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Medical Physics Residency Program in Radiation Oncology
 

The following details are relevant for the Medical Physics Residency Program for the 2015/16 application cycle. Cancer Care Ontario will announce details for the 2016/17 Program by April 2016.

Background

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) support a number of post-graduate positions in clinical physics aimed at providing a solid foundation in specialized medical physics applied to the field of radiation oncology through the Medical Physics Residency Program. The program exists at a number of cancer centres across the province that are or are soon anticipated to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP), a non-profit organization whose activities include independent review of the quality of educational programs in medical physics (http://www.campep.org).

For the latest Medical Physics Residency Program centre statistics, please click here.

Aim

The aim of the program is to train medical physicists to perform duties competently, professionally and safely in a clinical oncology environment, and to help meet future staffing needs in medical physics departments at cancer centres across Ontario. 

Qualifications and Basis of Admission

Residencies are open to post-graduates (MSc/PhD) in physics or a closely-related discipline in a recognized university program (preferably PhD in medical physics or medical biophysics from a CAMPEP-accredited university program). Admission is granted on the basis of academic achievement and the potential for a professional career as a medical physicist in Ontario. Residency Programs having CAMPEP accreditation may have additional requirements as specified on their individual training program websites.

Duration and Stipend

Residencies are approximately two years in duration. Resident salaries are made up of two components: (1) a minimum base salary of $54,000 per annum provided by CCO and (2) centre-specific adjustments for local cost of living and training needs such as supplies or travel.

Location;

Residencies are offered at Regional Cancer Centres located in Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Oshawa, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Windsor. Availability of these positions at specific locations will vary from year to year, and are subject to annual budget approvals by CCO and the MOHLTC.

Final Evaluation

Residents are required to maintain appropriate performance throughout their program. They are expected to report regularly on their progress, and programs will evaluate performance through documented procedures. These procedures may vary from center to center (e.g. use of CAMPEP standards). All centers require candidates to defend acquired clinical skills at a final oral examination before a panel of certified medical physicists at the end of their program.

Successful candidates become eligible for employment in Ontario cancer centres upon completion but are not guaranteed a position. The Ontario training program is well-recognized and serves as excellent preparation towards subsequent national certification by the Canadian College of Medical Physicists (CCPM), normally after an additional period of clinical practice in a hospital setting.

Application Process

Applicants should submit a cover letter, an up-to-date résumé (CV) including a list of publications, and official university transcripts to Medical Physics Residency Program Directors at locations of interest to the applicant (contact information below). The cover letter should highlight the applicant’s academic background, relevant work experience, publication record, clinical and research interests, and future career goals. References should be listed and may be contacted.

For more information regarding application deadlines for Toronto area cancer centres, applicants should refer to the University of Toronto Department of Radiation Oncology website: http://www.radonc.utoronto.ca/medical-physics-residency.

Some centres have set dates for recruitment; individuals should review specific program websites regularly to comply with site-specific deadlines or contact the Medical Physics Residency Program Directors at the centres they are interested in applying to for more information.

For general information and submission of an Ontario-wide application, please contact the Provincial Coordinator of Medical Physics Education Programs:

Dr. J. Battista, Provincial Program Director
Medical Physics Education Programs
Cancer Care Ontario
620 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L7
519-685-8600 ext. 53613
jerry.battista@lhsc.on.ca

Regional Program Directors

Note: CAMPEP-accredited Centres are designated with (*) Centres in the process of gaining CAMPEP accreditation are designated with (*pending)

  • Dr. Andrea McNiven
    Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (*)
    610 University Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9
    416-946-4501 ext. 4273
    Andrea.McNiven@rmp.uhn.on.ca
  • Dr. Joseph Hayward
    Juravinski Cancer Centre (*pending)
    699 Concession Street
    Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2
    905-387-9711 ext. 67040
    jhayward@hhsc.ca
  • Dr. Andrew Kerr
    Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario(*)
    25 King Street West
    Kingston, Ontario K7L 5P9
    613-544-2631 ext. 6832
    Andrew.Kerr@krcc.on.ca
  • Dr. Ernest K. Osei
    Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (*pending)
    835 King Street West
    Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1G3
    519-749-4300 ext. 5407
    ernestkwaku.osei@grhosp.on.ca
  • Dr. Scott Karnas
    London Regional Cancer Program (*)
    790 Commissioners Rd. East
    London, Ontario N6A 4L6
    519-685-8500 ext. 54050
    scott.karnas@lhsc.on.ca
  • Dr. Konrad Leszczynski
    Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Program (*pending)
    Health Sciences North
    41 Ramsey Lake Road
    Sudbury, Ontario P3E 5J1
    705-522-6237 ext. 2147
    kleszczynski@hrsrh.on.ca
  • Dr. Peter McGhee
    Northwestern Ontario Regional Cancer Program (* pending)
    Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
    980 Oliver Road
    Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6V4
    807-684-7200
    mcgheep@tbh.net
  • Dr. Miller MacPherson
    The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (*)
    501 Smyth Road, Box #927
    Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8L6
    613-737-7700 ext. 70011
    mmacpherson@toh.on.ca
  • Dr. William Song
    Odette Cancer Centre (*)
    2075 Bayview Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5
    416-480-6100 ext. 1091
    William.Song@sunnybrook.ca
  • Jeffrey Richer
    Windsor Regional Cancer Centre (*)
    2220 Kildare Road
    Windsor, Ontario N8W 2X3
    519-253-3191 ext. 58544
    jeffrey.richer@wrh.on.ca
  • Dr. Raxa Sankreacha
    Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre (*)
    Trillium Health Partners - Credit Valley Hospital Site
    2200 Eglinton Avenue W.
    Mississauga, Ont. L5M 2N1
    905-813-1100 ext. 5075
    raxa.sankreacha@trilliumhealthpartners.ca
  • Dr. Katharina Sixel
    R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre (*)
    Lakeridge Health
    1 Hospital Court
    Oshawa, Ontario L1G 3B9
    905-576-8711 ext. 5441
    ksixel@lakeridgehealth.on.ca
  • Dr. Ivan Yeung
    Stronach Regional Cancer Centre (*)
    Southlake Regional Health Centre 
    596 Davis Drive
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 2P9
    905-895-4521 ext. 6359
    iyeung@southlakeregional.org

For more information, contact the Cancer Care Ontario Radiation Treatment Program: RTP@cancercare.on.ca

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