Variability of physics education in radiation oncology medical residency programs

Indra J. Das, Vadim Moskvin

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the quality of medical physics education for radiation oncology medical residents. Methods: An independent survey regarding physics education was carried out using e-mail. The survey contained 12 questions addressing the duration, length, and quality of education. Responses were tabulated and compared with the recommended educational scheme. Results: Nearly 56% of institutions participated in this survey. Educational patterns were found to be significantly variable among institutions. Some have minimum physics education (10 lectures), and some have 90 lectures per year. In general, two-thirds of the institutions require residents to attend classes up to the third year. Conclusions: Significant variability of physics education for radiation oncology medical residents was observed, contrary to the national recommendations. With advanced treatment techniques, physics education should be given more importance, and the number of lectures should be increased to accommodate every aspect of radiation oncology practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-838.e1
JournalJACR Journal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • medical residents
  • Physics
  • residency
  • teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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