|Medical Physics Residency Program|
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
graduate Medical Physics program
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
Calgary/Tom Baker Cancer Centre where he participated in the CAMPEP
accredited training of Medical Physics Residents.
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).