Residency Program

The Upstate Medical Physics Diagnostic Imaging Residency Program

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 Applicants Students Accepted Students Graduating Students Achieving ABR Certification Graduates Working in Clinical Positions Graduates Working in Academic Positions
6/2010-6/2011 10 1 1 0 1 0
6/2011-6/2012 12 1 1 2 2 0
6/2012-6/2013 25 1 1 0 (in process) 3 0
6/2013-6/2014 18 1 1 0 (in process) 4 0
6/2014-6/2015 67 1 2 0 (in process) 6 0
6/2015-6/2016 33 3 2 2 (all others in process) 8 0
6/2016-6/2017 27 1 1 3 (all others in process) 9 0
6/2017-6/2018 31 1 3 2 (all others in process) 12 0