Residency Program in Medical Physics

The mission of the Residency Program in Medical Physics at East Carolina University (ECU) Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) is to prepare individuals to practice independently as certified medical physicists in radiation oncology. Those who successfully complete the residency will gain the experience and knowledge necessary to oversee routine clinical procedures and to establish novel techniques.

Mentors in the Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Residency Program offer a wealth of experience and are engaged academically and professionally at local, national, and international levels. Among our experienced mentors are Diplomates of the American Board of Radiology (ABR); a Fellow in the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM); a Member of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) Advisory Council; a Panelist on MIT’s Technology Review Global Panel; a Certified Medical Dosimetrist (CMD); and members of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

The primary objectives of the Residency Program in Medical Physics include:

  • Prepare graduates for certification in therapeutic medical physics by an appropriate certification board;
  • Provide graduates with onsite training under the close supervision of experienced therapeutic physicists; and
  • Enable graduates to immediately contribute to the quality of patient care in radiation therapy clinics by providing a broad-based and in depth medical physics training experience.

The Residency Program in Medical Physics emphasizes all areas of training that will be needed by a therapeutic medical physicist in an ACR accredited, state-of-the-art treatment facility. Specific clinical training areas include: 1) 3DCRT/IMRT/VMAT, robotic and linac-based SBRT, Gamma Knife SRS, HDR brachytherapy, and unsealed radiopharmaceutical therapies. Additionally, the program will also expose residents to management of a single accelerator, community-based, free-standing facility. Over the past ten years, nine residents have been trained and obtained jobs in therapeutic clinics, most of whom have been certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

The Residency Program in Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at East Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) and participates in the Medical Physics National Matching Program (i.e., “MedPhys Match”).

Residency Admission Requirements

Position Type

Medical Physics Resident/Clinical Instructor/Clinical Fellow

Full Time Equivalent (FTE)



The Residency Program consists of two years of rotations, giving the Resident experience with a complete range of therapeutic medical physics clinical procedures. The Resident will join a clinical team to include Medical Physicists certified by the American Board of Radiology; Dosimetrists; and Radiation Oncologists. Faculty physicists also support the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physicists Education Program (CAMPEP) accredited degree program in Medical Physics, offered through the Department of Physics at East Carolina University.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will join a clinical program in a University setting with a full range of radiation therapy offerings, to include Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), High Dose-rate Radiotherapy (HDR), and radio-pharmaceuticals. The Medical Physics team provides clinical support for a Gamma Knife Perfexion Stereotactic Radiosurgery facility, an M6 CyberKnife, two TrueBeam linac machines, and a third Varian Edge linac machine to be operational early in the Resident term. In March 2018, a new six-story Cancer Tower is scheduled to open at ECU Health Medical Center, which will house this equipment.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s Degree from an appropriately accredited institution in Medical Physics or PhD’s degree in medical physics or related field and completed a CAMPEP-accredited certificate program.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation

Board Certification or eligibility for certification by American Board of Radiology.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

PhD preferred in Medical Physics or a closely related field.

Special Instructions to Applicant

East Carolina University requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. In addition to submitting a candidate profile online, please submit online the required applicant documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Interest
  • List of Three References (noting contact information)


East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at 252-737-1016 (Voice/TTY).

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


1OrientationProvide resident with detailed information on the program’s administrative procedures, department and university expectations, workflows, clinical systems and equipment, and radiation safety.Year 1 Month 1
2Dosimetric MeasurementsAllow resident to study dosimetric measurement systems and protocols used in the clinic and provide practical experience working with each.Year 1 Quarter 1
3Machine QATrain resident to work in comprehensive commissioning and QA programs for a linac, Gamma Knife, CT scanner, and imaging systems, in accordance with AAPM guidelines.Year 1 Quarter 2
4Treatment Planning I and Physicist Of The Day (POD)Introduce resident to dosimetry and treatment planning systems (TPS), informatics used in radiation therapy clinics, and the duties of the POD.Year 1 Quarter 3
5Treatment Planning II and Physicist Of The Day (POD)Build upon previous rotation by training resident on advance treatment planning using 3D conformal, IMRT and VMAT techniques, commissioning TPS, administration of informatic systems, and continuing rotations with POD.Year 1 Quarter 4
6Radiation SafetyTrain resident to examine all aspects of a radiation safety program, working with sealed and open sources, transport of radioactive materials, design of facilities, and the process for acquiring, accepting, and commissioning new equipment.Year 2 Quarter 1
7BrachytherapyTrain resident in brachytherapy applications, including planning and treatment, QA, ordering and managing source inventories, and radiation safety.Year 2 Quarter 2
8Special ProceduresInstruct resident on specialty techniques in Total Body Irradiation (TBI), Total Skin Electron Irradiation (TSEI), and proton therapy.Year 2 Quarter 2
9SRS-SABRTrain resident on Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR), also known as Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), with applications to Gamma Knife, CyberKnife, and linac-based treatments.Year 2 Quarter 3
10Professional Development and Full Clinical ParticipationPrepare resident to find employment as a junior clinical physicist.Year 2 Quarter 4

Enrollment and Graduate Data

YearApplicantsApplicants Offered AdmissionApplicants EnrolledGraduates

Former Resident Data

Position No.Initials*StartEndLast Known Status
966531DSNov 2007Mar 2008Medical Physicist, Nash UNC Health Care, Rocky Mount, NC
966521MFNov 2007Dec 2008 Medical Physicist, Landauer Medical Physics, Charlotte, NC
966535EG Nov 2007Oct 2008 Medical Physicist, Genesis Care, US
966531QTSep 2008Aug 2010Chief Medical Physicist, MaineGeneral Health, Augusta, ME
966521SS Mar 2009Oct 2011 Medical Physicist, Hannleb Physics, Charlotte, NC
966535JC Mar 2009Sep 2011Medical Physicist, Elliot Health System, Manchester, NH
966531CL Sep 2011Aug 2013Lead Instructor of Physics, ARCH Education, Hong Kong, China
966521MFJul 2013Feb 2015Medical Physicist, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
966521MC Aug 2014Oct 2015Therapeutic Medical Physicist, Landauer Medical Physics, Charlotte, NC
966521WJ Oct 2016Nov 2017Medical Physicist, GenesisCare, Greenville, NC
966531JY Jan 2017May 2019Assistant Professor of Medical Physics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
966521KYSep 2018Sep 2020Assistant Professor of Medical Physics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
966531KMJul 2019 Jul 2021 Medical Physicist, West Michigan Cancer Center, Kalamazoo, MI
966521APOct 2020 Feb 2021Real Estate Agent, eXp Realty, Greenville, NC
966521MYApr 2021Apr 2023Assistant Professor of Medical Physics, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
966531RCJul 2021Jul 2023Assistant Professor of Medical Physics, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
*Initials as of time of residency