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Application and Selection

Physics Residency Application & Selection Process

1. MUSC participates in both the AAPM Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP RAP) and the National Matching Services Medical Physics Matching Program. You must register for both programs to be considered a candidate for our residency program.

2. Complete and submit a Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP) to MUSC.

3. Register for the MedPhys Match.

  • MUSC Program ID number: 15911

  • Note: We will not interview applicants who are not registered for the match.

4. Submit the following additional information to the MUSC Physics Residency Director, Dr. Jean Peng

  • List of courses remaining to be taken in your graduate academic program.

  • List all courses not completed and shown on your transcript

  • Visa status if not a resident of the United States

  • Additional work history

  • Other supplemental information you wish to provide

5. Any questions should be directed either to Jean Peng, Ph.D., program director, or Daniel McDonald, MS, associate program director

Eligibility Requirements

1. Possess an undergraduate physics degree or at least a minor in physics or the courses required by their undergraduate institution for a minor in physics

2. An MS or Ph.D. in medical physics from a CAMPEP accredited academic program a. Under highly exceptional circumstances, candidates with a doctorate in a closely related field and documented courses in compliance with the following guidelines may be considered

3. Be a U.S. citizen or authorized by the US Government to work in the United States a. MUSC does not sponsor visas for radiation oncology medical or physics residents

Selection Process

Interview Process

The Medical Physics Residency Selection Committee meets in January to rank all completed applications that were receive from applicants who enrolled in the match program. No more than 25 applicants will be selected for a telephone or video conference interview. Once these interviews have been completed, the committee meets to select no more than 15 candidates for an on-site interview, typically during the months of January and February. Two interview dates will be offered on a first come basis and each date will have a maximum of 10 available openings. Candidates are responsible for paying their own travel, lodging, and meals.

Selection Process

MUSC will rank the candidates who interviewed in Charleston and send the rank list to the National Matching Services. In accordance with the rules of the Medical Physics Matching Program, applicants will also send their rank list to the National Matching Services who will, in turn, implement the match process which is explained in more detail at the MedPhys Match. After the match has been announced, the match results constitute a binding commitment from which neither the applicant nor the program can withdraw without mutual written consent. MUSC will send a written letter of confirmation of the MedPhys Match result to the applicant within 10 days of the match and the applicant will sign and return the letters of confirmation within 30 days of the release of the match results. At a later date, a formal contract will be sent to the successful candidate from our GME office. All relocation expenses are the responsibility of the successful candidate.

Physicist Residency Statistics

Physics residency statistics

Year
# of Applicants
# Accepted
# Graduated
# ABR Certified (year of Graduation)
 2008  25  1  N/A  0
 2009  33  1  N/A  0
 2010  56  1  1  0
 2011  57  1  1  0
 2012  102  1  0  2 (2010, 2011)
 2013  101  1  1  0
 2014  87  1  1  0
 2015  153  1  1  1 (2014)
 2016  82  1  1  1 (2015)
 2017  90  1  1  1 (2016)
 2018  89  1  0  1 (2017)
 2019  88  1  1  0

CAMPEP accredited in 2011 and re-accredited in 2015

Post-Graduate Positions

Year
# in Clinical Positions
# in Academic Positions
# in Industry
# in Other Activities
 2010  0  1  0  0
 2011  0  1  0  0
 2012  0  0  0  1
 2013  0  0  0  1
 2014  0  1  0  0
 2015  1  0  0  0
 2016  1  0  0  0
 2017  0  1  0  0
 2018  0  0  0  0
 2019  0  1  0  0