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     San Diego State University (SDSU) has been graduating students in the area of Medical Physics since the early 1990’s.  In the fall of 2007, Dr. Usha Sinha joined as the Chair of the Physics Department and the Director of the Radiological Health Physics (now Medical Physics) program and the Master’s program in Medical Physics received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) in Fall of 2010.  Strong educational (lab courses and clinical internships) and research collaborations with local cancer centers have been established as a result of this graduate Medical Physics program
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     In August 2012, a Board Certified Medical Physicist (Dr. Mauro Tambasco) was hired by the Department of Physics at SDSU.  Dr. Tambasco came to SDSU with ten years of clinical/academic experience in Radiation Oncology Physics.  Eight of those years were at the University of Calgary/Tom Baker Cancer Centre where he participated in the CAMPEP accredited training of Medical Physics Residents.

     The residency program was launched with our first two residents in August 2014 by Dr. Mauro Tambasco (SDSU), Dr. Usha Sinha (SDSU), Dr. Richard LaFontaine (Naval Medical Center), and Dr. George Mardirossian (Genesis Health Partners).  Sharp Grossmont Hospital also joined the program in January 2016.

     The program follows the hub and spoke model with Genesis Healthcare Partners serving as the hub and the affiliated sites serving as the spokes. This model seeks to diversify the resident’s exposure to newly emerging technologies available at the different partner clinics, and provide enhanced teaching and learning opportunities.  This formalized clinical training program has four 6 month rotations through the partner clinics, and is designed to meet the standards of CAMPEP and the AAPM Reports No. 249 & 133. Our residency program has been granted provisional CAMPEP accreditation through December 31, 2018.


     Unlike conventional residency programs in medical physics, the Radiotherapy Physics Residency at Genesis Healthcare Partners & Affiliated Sites is a two year tuition based program (~ $16,500/year) that offers a Certificate through the College of Extended Studies (CES) at SDSU.  The tuition collected by the CES at SDSU is used to support the program costs (i.e., administrative and educational costs associated with a certificate program in the CES at SDSU).