The following details are relevant for the Medical Physics Residency Program for the 2015/16 application cycle. Cancer Care Ontario will announce details for the 2016/17 Program by April 2016.
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 specialized medical physics applied to the field of radiation oncology through the Medical Physics Residency Program. The program exists at a number of cancer centres across the province that are or are soon anticipated to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP), a non-profit organization whose activities include independent review of the quality of educational programs in medical physics (http://www.campep.org).
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The aim of the program is to train medical physicists to perform duties competently, professionally and safely in a clinical oncology environment, and to help meet future staffing needs in medical physics departments at cancer centres across Ontario.
Qualifications and Basis of Admission
Residencies are open to post-graduates (MSc/PhD) in physics or a closely-related discipline in a recognized university program (preferably PhD in medical physics or medical biophysics from a CAMPEP-accredited university program). Admission is granted on the basis of academic achievement and the potential for a professional career as a medical physicist in Ontario. Residency Programs having CAMPEP accreditation may have additional requirements as specified on their individual training program websites.
Duration and Stipend
Residencies are approximately two years in duration. Resident salaries are made up of two components: (1) a minimum base salary of $54,000 per annum provided by CCO and (2) centre-specific adjustments for local cost of living and training needs such as supplies or travel.
Residencies are offered at Regional Cancer Centres located in Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Oshawa, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Windsor. Availability of these positions at specific locations will vary from year to year, and are subject to annual budget approvals by CCO and the MOHLTC.
Residents are required to maintain appropriate performance throughout their program. They are expected to report regularly on their progress, and programs will evaluate performance through documented procedures. These procedures may vary from center to center (e.g. use of CAMPEP standards). All centers require candidates to defend acquired clinical skills at a final oral examination before a panel of certified medical physicists at the end of their program.
Successful candidates become eligible for employment in Ontario cancer centres upon completion but are not guaranteed a position. The Ontario training program is well-recognized and serves as excellent preparation towards subsequent national certification by the Canadian College of Medical Physicists (CCPM), normally after an additional period of clinical practice in a hospital setting.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, an up-to-date résumé (CV) including a list of publications, and official university transcripts to Medical Physics Residency Program Directors at locations of interest to the applicant (contact information below). The cover letter should highlight the applicant’s academic background, relevant work experience, publication record, clinical and research interests, and future career goals. References should be listed and may be contacted.
For more information regarding application deadlines for Toronto area cancer centres, applicants should refer to the University of Toronto Department of Radiation Oncology website: http://www.radonc.utoronto.ca/medical-physics-residency.
Some centres have set dates for recruitment; individuals should review specific program websites regularly to comply with site-specific deadlines or contact the Medical Physics Residency Program Directors at the centres they are interested in applying to for more information.
For general information and submission of an Ontario-wide application, please contact the Provincial Coordinator of Medical Physics Education Programs:
Dr. J. Battista, Provincial Program Director
Medical Physics Education Programs
Cancer Care Ontario
620 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L7
519-685-8600 ext. 53613
Regional Program Directors
Note: CAMPEP-accredited Centres are designated with (*)
Centres in the process of gaining CAMPEP accreditation are designated with (*pending)
- Dr. Andrea McNiven
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (*)
610 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9
416-946-4501 ext. 4273
- Dr. Joseph Hayward
Juravinski Cancer Centre (*pending)
699 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario L8V 5C2
905-387-9711 ext. 67040
- Dr. Andrew Kerr
Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario(*)
25 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario K7L 5P9
613-544-2631 ext. 6832
- Dr. Ernest K. Osei
Grand River Regional Cancer Centre (*pending)
835 King Street West
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1G3
519-749-4300 ext. 5407
- Dr. Scott Karnas
London Regional Cancer Program (*)
790 Commissioners Rd. East
London, Ontario N6A 4L6
519-685-8500 ext. 54050
- Dr. Konrad Leszczynski
Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Program (*)
Health Sciences North
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 5J1
705-522-6237 ext. 2147
- Dr. Peter McGhee
Northwestern Ontario Regional Cancer Program (*)
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
980 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6V4
- Dr. Miller MacPherson
The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (*)
501 Smyth Road, Box #927
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8L6
613-737-7700 ext. 70011
- Dr. William Song
Odette Cancer Centre (*)
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5
416-480-6100 ext. 1091
- Jeffrey Richer
Windsor Regional Cancer Centre (*)
2220 Kildare Road
Windsor, Ontario N8W 2X3
519-253-3191 ext. 58544
- Dr. Raxa Sankreacha
Carlo Fidani Peel Regional Cancer Centre (*)
Trillium Health Partners - Credit Valley Hospital Site
2200 Eglinton Avenue W.
Mississauga, Ont. L5M 2N1
905-813-1100 ext. 5075
- Dr. Katharina Sixel
R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre (*)
1 Hospital Court
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 3B9
905-576-8711 ext. 5441
- Dr. Ivan Yeung
Stronach Regional Cancer Centre (*)
Southlake Regional Health Centre
596 Davis Drive
Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 2P9
905-895-4521 ext. 6359
For more information, contact the Cancer Care Ontario Radiation Treatment Program: RTP@cancercare.on.ca