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ASTRO/AAPM Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Training Grant

The application deadline for this award has passed.
Please check back in November 2009 for 2010 information.

The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Education and Development Fund, together with the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), has approved funds to facilitate the development of radiation oncology physics residencies across the United States and Canada.

The roles and responsibilities of the medical radiation physicist are diverse, demanding, and pivotal for the safe and effective delivery of radiation treatments to cancer patients. Radiation oncology physicists are employed in hospitals, universities, and clinics. Career opportunities are excellent however; there is an acute shortage of qualified professionals.

The initiation and development of radiation physics residency programs in the United States would lead to more graduates and more qualified professionals entering the workforce. However, the colleges and universities that could potentially house medical radiation physics residency programs are under severe financial stress due to cuts in state and federal funding. Because clinical radiation oncology physics residency programs are expensive to create and operate, these schools are not likely to open a program unless they receive financial support.

Purpose

To promote the development of radiation physics residency programs in the United States leading to more graduates and more qualified professionals entering the workforce. The purpose of the Grants is to provide assistance to newly established programs working towards accreditation.

Award Amounts

Up to $72,000.00 in total funding will be awarded each year. Individual program grants will not exceed $12,000.00 each.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications will be accepted from radiation oncology physics residency programs that meet the criteria set forth by AAPM Report #90, “Essentials and Guidelines for Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Training Programs.”


If you have questions you may contact:

Morgan Honeycutt 703-839-7370 (ASTRO) or Jacqueline Ogburn (AAPM) 301-209-3394.

 

2009 ASTRO/AAPM Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Training Grant Recipients

Jay W. Burmeister, Ph.D. Karmanos Cancer Center
John P. Gibbons Jr., Ph.D. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
X. Allen Li, Ph.D. Medical College of Wisconsin
John W. Wong, Ph.D. John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Cheng-Shie Wuu, Ph.D. Columbia University
Ning  J. Yue, Ph.D. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Additional recipient information can be found here.