Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term-Care (MOHLTC) support a number of post-graduate positions in clinical physics aimed at providing a solid foundation in specialized medical physics applied to the field of radiation oncology through the Medical Physics Residency Program. The program exists at cancer centres across the province that are or are soon to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP), a non-profit organization whose activities include independent review of the quality of educational programs in medical physics.
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Duration and Stipend
Residencies are approximately 2 years in duration. Resident salaries are made up of 2 components:
- A minimum base salary of $54,000 per year provided by Cancer Care Ontario
- Centre-specific adjustments for local cost of living and training needs such as supplies or travel
Residencies are offered at regional cancer centres in Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oshawa, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto and Windsor. Availability of these positions at specific locations will vary from year to year, and are subject to annual budget approvals by Cancer Care Ontario and the ministry.
Residents are required to maintain appropriate performance throughout their program. They are expected to report regularly on their progress, and centres will evaluate performance through documented procedures. These procedures may vary from centre to centre (e.g., use of CAMPEP standards). All centres require candidates to defend acquired clinical skills at a final oral examination before a panel of certified medical physicists at the end of their program.
Upon completion of the residency, successful candidates become eligible for employment in Ontario cancer centres but are not guaranteed a position. The Ontario training program is well-recognized and serves as excellent preparation towards subsequent national certification by the Canadian College of Medical Physicists (CCPM), normally after an additional period of clinical practice in a hospital setting.