What is Landauer Medical Physics?
Landauer Medical Physics (LMP) is the world’s largest medical physics practice group. We have over 100 physicists partnering with cancer centers across the United States to provide medical physics services. Landauer Medical Physics is a part of Landauer, Inc. In 2017, LANDAUER was acquired by Fortive under the umbrella of Fluke Health Systems.
Where is your residency located?
We have 4 residency locations:
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Atlanta in Newnan, GA
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Chicago in Zion, IL
- Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC
- Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers in Houston, TX
These sites were chosen based upon their wide range of clinical equipment and good clinical opportunities for resident training.
What kind of equipment does each site have?
All sites are primarily Varian equipment, but there are slight variances depending on preference of the clinic. All sites have current technologies for treatment and physics QA tools.
How is your residency structured?
We are a 2 year therapy residency program starting July 1. The purpose of the residency program is to train residents to become clinical medical physicists. We have divided the 2 years into several different areas including: clinical patient management, treatment delivery, patient specific physics, instrumentation, treatment planning, IS/EMR, imaging, brachytherapy, clinical program development, radiation safety, special procedures, SRS/SRT, SBRT and commissioning. Each area has a list of publications to read, skills to acquire, projects to perform and a practice exam to assess your mastery of the topic. All rotations are performed at the clinical site with the exception of the commissioning rotation which is taught on actual commissioning trips performed by LMP’s commissioning team.
In addition to the structured residency, you are also actively involved in the clinic acquiring real-world clinical experience. Residents are given increasing clinical responsibility as they progress through the program, always under the safety of direct supervision by a Qualified Medical Physicist.
What does M.S. preferred mean?
M.S. preferred means that our program is designed to train residents to become clinical medical physicists. Candidates who are interested in a research medical physics track would benefit more from other programs with a heavier research focus. In general, a candidate who has pursued an M.S. in medical physics is interested in becoming a clinical medical physicist, therefore we advertise to those candidates. Sometimes candidates with a PhD or certificate in Medical Physics decide to pursue clinical instead of academic careers. We gladly consider and accept those candidates as well.
So does that mean your residency has no research opportunities?
Not at all! Residents in our program have had abstracts accepted at several major conferences including ASTRO, ESTRO, ABS and AAPM and residents are provided with funding to attend national meetings. Since clinical medical physics is the focus of the residency, research is limited to applied clinical medical physics topics and usually revolves around new clinical technologies or QA procedures. On average, about 5% of your time will be spent on research with 95% of your time spent on applied clinical medical physics.
What is your interview process like?
We participate in the AAPM common residency application. All members of the residency program are clinical medical physicists at busy clinics, so it tends to take us longer to review applicants than other programs. Our goal is to review all paper applications by the end of January. Then, video interviews with the top candidates are scheduled. The results of the video interviews determine which candidates will be invited to on-site interviews, which typically occur around the first week of March. In the interest of reducing your travel costs, we have representatives from all locations in our residency program travel to a single site so that you may interview with all of our locations in a single interview. Following the interview, we submit our lists to the National Match Program.
How does the match work with multiple locations?
We will list a separate match ID for each location. Candidates will then rank each location separately on the match list. This allows candidates to express location preferences within the match. Also, each location may have a different order of candidates depending upon the best fit for that particular location.