Residency Program

Clinical Residency in Radiation Oncology Physics

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 specialised medical physics applied to the field of radiation oncology.  These positions are located at many Ontario cancer centres, including The Ottawa Hospital.  Availability of these positions at specific locations will vary from year to year, and is subject to budget approvals by CCO and the MOHLTC.  The aim of these programs is to train medical physicists to perform duties competently, professionally and safely in a clinical environment, and to help fulfill the future physics staffing needs of cancer centres in Ontario. The Ontario training program is well recognised and serves as an excellent preparation towards subsequent certification by the Canadian College of Medical Physicists (CCPM).  The Ottawa Hospital Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) since 2007.

Program Statistics

Calendar year (position started) Number of residents applying Number of residents offered Number of residents accepted Number of residents graduated Number of residents certified (eg. MCCPM, ABR) First employment of graduates: Clinical First employment of graduates: Academic First employment of graduates: Industry First employment of graduates: Other
2008 53 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 0
2009 76 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
2010 * 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0
2011 * 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0
2012 * 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 0
2013 * 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0
2014 26 1 1 2 2 2 0 0 0
2015 29 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 0
2016 21,10 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
2017 10 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
2018 13 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 1
2019 * 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
  • Indicates no formal posting of positions
  • All table entries pertain to events occurring with the calendar year (applicants, admissions, graduations, secured jobs, certifications

Qualifications and Basis of Award

Admission requirements to The Ottawa Hospital program are as described by CAMPEP on its website, and the preferred entry requirement is a Ph.D. degree in medical physics from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate or certificate program.  In accordance with Canadian Employment and Immigration requirements, preference is given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Residency positions are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and the potential for a professional career as a clinical medical physicist. Residency candidates should have good verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated research ability and a strong interest in working with a multi-disciplinary medical team.

Duration and Stipend

Program duration is two years.  As these are unionized positions (PIPSC Ontario Medical Physicists), salary, benefits and other employment conditions are stipulated by the collective agreement.

Application Process

This program participates in the MedPhys Match, with September start dates.  Apply to advertised positions by submitting an online application through the hospital website:  http://ottawahospital.on.ca

Contact

For more information, please contact Lesley Buckley, Program Director: lbuckley@toh.ca

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