Residency Program in Physics

Thank you for your interest in the medical physics residency program at UCSF. As a hospital-based service with a major academic role within the UCSF School of Medicine, our department considers resident training its most important academic function.


Lijun Ma PhD

Lijun Ma PhD

Director, Medical Physics
Residency Program


Martina Descovich PhD

Associate Director, Medical Physics 
Residency Program 


The Medical Physics Division of the Department of Radiation Oncology has a strong medical physics residents education program. The department has three facilities; one at Long Hospital, and one at Mount Zion, and one at Mission Bay. The residency program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). This has been spearheaded by the previous Director of the Physics Division, Jean Pouliot, PhD and the Residency Program Director, Lijun Ma, PhD.

The medical physics residency at UCSF is a two-year training program (PGY 1-2). Residents will be expected to have completed a comprehensive curriculum in Medical Physics with a strong foundation in basic physics and a degree in physics or related engineering or physical science with coursework equivalent to a minor in physics.  Some clinical experience during graduate education is preferred.

The Objective

The objective of the residency program is to provide training in radiation oncology physics in a structured clinical environment for individuals wishing to practice professional radiation oncology physics. Residents, under the supervision of board certified therapeutic radiologic physicists, will participate in the routine clinical duties of a Radiation Oncology staff physicist. At the conclusion of the program the resident will be able to demonstrate competency in all areas of radiation oncology physics and will be prepared to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiology Physics.


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