The Imaging Physics Residency is a 24 to 36 month term, depending on the form of the individualized training. However, any additional activities deemed non-clinical (e.g., attending courses to meet the program admission prerequisites) may require time outside of the clinical term. The residency training will include instruction in both clinical and technical areas of imaging physics for all imaging modalities, as well as assignments in teaching, clinical research, and administrative activities.
Rotations and Practical Skills
The residency includes rotations through nine clinical and technical modules of imaging physics, each lasting at least two months. The resident will be evaluated on competencies within each of the nine modules, with pass/fail criteria for each module clearly indicated. The following is a list of the nine rotations (in no particular order):
- General Radiographic Imaging
- Computed Tomography
- Radiation Safety
- Information Technologies
- Nuclear Medicine/PET
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
During these clinical rotations, the resident's progress is monitored by the rotation's direct mentor and reviewed by the Program Director during frequent meetings. At the conclusion of each rotation, a comprehensive formal review will be delivered by the mentor of the rotation along with the Program Director. Each review includes an oral exam along with examination of the resident's portfolio, which consists of equipment evaluation reports, competencies achieved, bibliography of references, etc.
In addition to reviewing literature during each clinical rotation, residents participate in educational events in the academic medical center. Residents are required to attend physics related seminars, lectures, and presentations at the university and at neighboring universities. Some of the lectures include the hospital’s Radiology Grand Rounds (covering interesting case reviews by radiologists) and the weekly Medical Physics Seminar Series in the Fall and Spring semesters (covering topics related to imaging physics). The university also sponsors multiple lecture series dedicated to medical physics related topics. Residents are also encouraged to attend the medical physics thesis defense presentations.
Residents are required to complete the RSNA/AAPM Online Modules on Ethics and Professionalism during their first-year of residency.
The residents are expected to present case-based imaging physics lectures to the Radiology residents. These lectures are typically scheduled on a monthly basis and cover basic clinical radiology topics with a case-based approach intended to prepare the Radiology residents for their board exam. Residents also have the opportunity to conduct presentations for clinical staff on radiation safety topics, implementation of new technology, and other clinical topics.
Residents have the opportunity to become involved in medical physics related research projects. The RAI Labs research groups meet regularly, and residents are able to sit-in on the meetings and participate on an as-needed basis depending on the clinical relevance of the topic.
The Imaging Physics Residency program maintains an agreement with the Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program that allows residents to audit medical physics courses; they may be provided with lecture materials for self-directed study if required. Resident are required to address any deficiencies in their competencies in any area of imaging physics through this resource. Fulfillment of these deficiencies may extend the residency beyond the clinical training. Any courses required to fulfill deficiencies will be clearly defined at the beginning of their resident experience.
The Duke Imaging Physics Residency Program received its initial CAMPEP Accreditation in 2016.