Residency

The Upstate Medical Physics Diagnostic Imaging Residency Program is a 2 year program which  provides the experience required to take the American Board of Radiology certification examination, and, more importantly, prepares the individual to independently practice in the complex world of imaging physics.  

All residency applicants must have obtained their graduate degree from a CAMPEP accredited Medical Physics graduate program, or completed all required didactic coursework.  Individuals must be enthusiastic about diagnostic medical physics and interested in helping clients not only meet accreditation and regulatory requirements, but also improve the quality of radiology imaging and practices.   The UMP Residency Program participates in the MP-RAP and the Med Phys Match program.  Our positions are typically open for applications from November 1-December 31.

 
Our residents participate in imaging system surveys (acceptance testing and annual evaluations), imaging department design and acquisition of equipment, radiation shielding design, support of facilities for ACR accreditation programs, patient and fetal dose calculations, and institutional radiation safety committee meetings. The Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency Program provides the experience required to take the American Board of Radiology certification examination, and, more importantly, prepares the individual to independently practice in the complex world of imaging physics.

The residency program is based in Victor, New York, in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Our 5,000 square-foot facility, with state-of-the-art training, IT, and teleconferencing capability, has been recently renovated to include additional office space and meeting rooms.  We also have offices in Providence, Rhode Island and Buffalo, New York.  We offer a unique and diverse educational experience through client facilities, which range from small private practice imaging centers to major academic radiology departments, and we are proud to have been the first private practice consulting group to be awarded CAMPEP accreditation in 2010.

Our professional practice group has many years’ experience. We are best characterized as a collegial group of medical physicists, working together for the benefit of our clients and for the development of our own careers. The group meets in person and via teleconferencing on a regular basis for education and staff meetings, which include discussion of issues impacting image quality, patient and staff doses, and regulatory requirements.  The group includes young diagnostic medical physicists early in their careers, senior members with over 30 years’ experience, and medical physics assistants.  Employees have various educational backgrounds, including R.T., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees; five of our residency faculty members have successfully achieved ABR certification in recent years. The program currently consists of four residents.

In addition, a former resident, now staff physicist, was recently involved in the following Point/Counterpoint topic published in the Medical Physics Journal "Medical Physics residency programs in nonacademic facilities should affiliate themselves with a university-based program".  The article can be found here.  

 
Upstate Medical Physics Diagnostic Imaging Residency Program Statistics

 

Residency Program Statistics
Year
Number of applicants

Number of Students Accepted

Number of Students Graduating

Number of Students Achieving ABR Certification

Number of Graduates Working in Clinical Positions

Number of Graduates Working in Academic Positions

6/2010-6/2011
10
1
1
0
1
0
6/2011-6/2012
12
1
1
2
1
0
6/2012-6/2013
25
1
1
0 (in process)
1
0
6/2013-6/2014
18
1
1
0 (in process)
1
0
6/2014-6/2015
67
1
2
0 (in process)
2
0
6/2015-6/2016
33
3
2

2 (all others in process)

1
0
 

“Today, we held our first Journal Club meeting and I’m still supercharged from the tremendous energy we all felt in our discussions and information exchange. The UMP conference room environment is ideal for both learning and connection, with a giant LCD monitor for easy viewing and demonstrations of anatomy and physiology. This unique partnering template of radiologist and physics residents having open discussion and exchange of ideas is nothing short of brilliant! The format allows the resident to “get inside the diagnostician’s head” and vice versa. This interactive formula is a win-win for all participants and I cannot wait for our next meeting!”

Daniel Wopperer, MD, FACR
Former Managing Partner and CEO, Borg Imaging Group
Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology, URMC
 

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