Overview

The Department of Radiation Oncology works in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology and Physics to operate an active medical physics graduate program.  

We offer a two-year medical physics residency program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center. The objective of the program is to provide clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics and prepare the resident for board certification. While we encourage residents to participate in research throughout their training period, this curriculum is primarily clinical.  

Medical Physics Clinical Residency

The Department of Radiation Oncology works in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology and Physics to operate an active medical physics graduate program.

We offer a two-year medical physics residency program in the Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU Massey Cancer Center. The objective of the program is to provide clinical training in all aspects of radiation oncology physics and prepare the resident for board certification. While we encourage residents to participate in research throughout their training period, this curriculum is primarily clinical.  

The residency program is currently structured to meet the requirements for accreditation and has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).  

Incoming medical physics residents will join a team that includes faculty medical physicists, dosimetrists, research and clinical trainees and two to three other medical physics residents. 

Admission Information

Candidates from both CAMPEP-approved and non-CAMPEP graduate programs are welcome to apply.

Prospective residents should have completed an M.S. or Ph.D. in physics, medical physics or a closely related discipline such as biomedical engineering.  

Candidates from programs that are and are not CAMPEP-approved programs are welcome to apply. Those from non-CAMPEP programs cannot have more than two unfulfilled CAMPEP course requirements, and they may take one course per semester for a maximum of two semesters to complete those requirements. This is consistent with the standards set forth by the American Board of Radiology 

How to Apply

To apply, download and fill out the application below. Submit the completed application along with your CV, a personal statement, and transcripts via email to medphys@vcu.edu

2020 Medical Physics Residency Application

Timeline

Applications must be received by October 20, 2019 for a start date of July 1, 2020. On-site interview invitations will be sent out on November 8, 2019.

Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health are equal opportunity/affirmative action institutions providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, disability, or any other protected characteristic.

How to Apply

To apply, download and fill out the application below. Submit the completed application along with your CV, a personal statement, and transcripts via email to medphys@vcu.edu.

2020 Medical Physics Residency Application

Our Department

The Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU provides a full range of clinical services at the VCU Medical Center and its six satellite facilities within Virginia.

The Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU provides a full range of clinical services at the VCU Medical Center and its six satellite facilities within Virginia. Services provided include IMRT, VMAT, SBRT, image-guided brachytherapy, hyperthermia, and stereotactic radiosurgery.

Radiation Oncology, in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology and Physics, operates an active Medical Physics graduate program. Residents who have not fulfilled CAMPEP requirements may take one course a semester for a maximum of two semesters to complete them. For a complete list of available courses, refer to "Courses" below.

The physics faculty conducts research in various areas of radiation therapy including IMRT/VMAT dosimetry and optimization, brachytherapy dosimetry and applicator development, CT image reconstruction, image-guided radiation therapy, deformable image registration, 4D MRI, clinical bio-marker study, and motion-adaptive radiation.

Course Listing

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Residents

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Resident

Christopher Guy

Christopher Guy

Resident

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Chris earned his PhD in Medical Physics at VCU in 2017. His dissertation work focused on deformable image registration of the lung, specifically with improving registration accuracy when large geometric changes occur such as resolution of atelectasis. Chris began his residency at VCU in July 2017 where he continues to pursue research in addition to his clinical training.

Email: christopher.guy@vcuhealth.org

Matthew Riblett

Matthew Riblett

Resident

Matthew Riblett

Matthew Riblett

Resident

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Matt graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and entered the VCU Medical Physics program in the fall of 2013. In the interim, he worked for the Rensselaer Radiation Measurement and Dosimetry Group producing tools for patient dose tracking and voxelized computational phantom simulation. Additionally, Matt worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory developing GPU-accelerated Monte Carlo methods for the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division for use on OLCF's TITAN supercomputer. His research work has focused on novel computational methods and HPC implementations for both Health and Medical Physics applications and he hopes to pursue similar work at VCU. When not in a classroom or a lab, Matt enjoys volunteering for US FIRST, vegetarian cooking and baking, spending time with friends, and playing with his dogs.

Advisor: Elisabeth Weiss

Email: matthew.riblett@vcuhealth.org

Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon

Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon

Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Nicky graduated from the University of Virginia in December of 2009 with a BS in Physics and a minor in Theater Arts. She entered the Medical Physics program at VCU in the fall of 2013 as a MS student and graduated in 2018 with her Ph.D., after spending the interim time working as the Master Electrician and a Lighting Designer at Riverside Dinner Theater and as the Math Instructional Assistant for Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. While at UVA, she worked with the Quantum Optics, Quantum Fields research group on Poling Lithium Tanatalate crystals for various modes of quantum entanglement and quantum tomography sparking her research interest in medical imaging. During her time as a student at VCU, she conducted research in the feasibility of conducting PET/SPECT/CT imaging with simultaneously present PET/SPECT isotopes with the Center for Molecular Imaging, researching using imaging and texture features with CT and MRI images acquired throughout patent treatment to build predictive models for tumor response in patient with non-small cell lung cancer, and using deep convolutional neural networks to predict the interface of the tumor with normal tissue under the direction of Dr. Weiss and Dr. Hugo. Nicky currently serves on the Student and Trainee Subcommittee of the AAPM and she hopes to one-day work abroad as a Medical Physicist. In her free time, Nicky enjoys fencing saber, embroidery, musical theater, and tango.

Email: rebecca.mahon@vcuhealth.org

Mark Ostyn

Mark Ostyn

Resident

Mark Ostyn

Mark Ostyn

Resident

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Mark graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho in 2011 with a BA in Physics, and then moved Bloomington, Indiana to attend Indiana University for graduate work. While in Indiana, he completed a BS in Engineering Physics from NNU in 2013, before earning a MS in Medical Physics in 2014 from IU. While at IU, he worked on a system for hyperpolarizing Helium-3 gas through MEOP techniques. He entered the Medical Physics program at VCU in the Fall of 2014 and is working on systems to manage patient motion. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing violin and guitar, grilling, and spending time with his wife.

Email: mark.ostyn@vcuhealth.org

Matthew Wagar

Matthew Wagar

Resident

Matthew Wagar

Matthew Wagar

Resident

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Email: matthew.wagar@vcuhealth.org

Joseph Nalluri

Joseph Nalluri

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Joseph Nalluri

Joseph Nalluri

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Joseph J. Nalluri holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pune, India. He got his M.S. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas in 2012. His Master's thesis involved working with hyperspectral images on parallel computing frameworks. He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017 with a focus on bioinformatics/computational biology. His doctoral thesis was on developing network theoretic algorithms and applications to decipher patterns and associations between miRNAs and its interaction with genes, transcription factors and SNPs within the context of cancerous diseases. He is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Dept. of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University. His current work includes - (i) developing an integrated data analytics platform capable of data aggregation, quality assessment and predictive analytics of radiation therapy (RT) treatment plans consisting of clinical data and RT imaging (e.g., DICOM), (ii) creating pseudo-CT images from MRI images using convolutional neural networks and other approaches. His interests lie in developing applications that leverage machine learning in clinical data. Outside of work, he enjoys reading books and playing tennis and badminton competitively.

Supervisor: Jatinder Palta

Email: matthew.riblett@vcuhealth.org