Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program

The Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program in the Department of Radiology is a CAMPEP-accredited two-year clinical training program at the University of Chicago Medicine. The training program is based on the Guidelines for Accreditation of Medical Physics Residency Programs as published by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).  The residency program provides broad clinical training and experience, including 20 weeks of rotations in nuclear medicine and PET, to prepare graduates for a professional career in diagnostic radiological physics, and also to prepare them for the certification examination of the American Board of Radiology (ABR). Ultimately, the goal of the residency program is to train fully competent and qualified medical physicists who can have a positive impact on patient care.

 

Program History

The Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program began on July 1, 2013. It was selected as a recipient of the Imaging Physics Residency Grant sponsored by the AAPM and RSNA in 2014. Program statistics are shown below:

  2013* 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Applicants 15 12 50 35 30 38
Positions offered 1 1 1 1 1 1
Residents enrolled 1 1 1 1 1 1
Residents graduated N/A N/A 1 1 1 1
Graduates certified N/A N/A N/A 1 1 1
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*Residency program started July 2013

 

Department and Facility

The Clinical Imaging Medical Physics Residency Program is administered under the Department of Radiology and the Committee on Medical Physics. The Department of Radiology at the University of Chicago includes 43 clinical faculty members with M.D. degrees and 15 physics faculty members with Ph.D. degrees or M.D./Ph.D. degrees. The department succeeds in its tripartite mission of education, clinical care, and research through the close interactions of its clinical and physics faculty in their daily efforts. The clinical facilities at the University of Chicago include Mitchell Hospital, an adult hospital facility; Comer Children’s Hospital with 172 beds; the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, a 525,000 square foot outpatient clinic and surgery facility; and the Center for Care and Discovery, a 436-bed hospital. There are two remote facilities – Orland Park and South Loop. In addition, a Level I Trauma Center opened in May, 2018. The Department of Radiology operates facilities in all of these locations to provide multidisciplinary care and education. The medical physics residents have access to these facilities for their clinical training.

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Program Leadership

Program Director - Zheng Feng Lu, PhD, DABR
Associate Program Director - Steffen Sammet, MD, PhD, DABR

Program Faculty

Bill O’Brien-Penney, PhD, DABR
Ingrid Reiser, PhD, DABR
Samuel Armato III, PhD, Chair of the Committee on Medical Physics

Nicholas Gruszauskas, PhD, Technical Director - HIRO

Maryellen Giger, PhD, A. N. Pritzker Professor of Radiology, Vice Chair of Basic Science Research, Department of Radiology

Outside Advisor
Beth A. Schueler, PhD, DABR,
Director of the Clinical Medical Physics Residency Program at Mayo Clinic.

 

Current Residents

Vahe Mamyan, PhD, First-year Resident
Emily Marshall, PhD, Second-year Resident

 

Residency Curriculum

Standardized Curriculum over 2 years:

  • Orientation/Safety – 2 weeks
  • Radiography – 10 weeks
  • Fluoroscopy – 6 weeks
  • Interventional Radiology – 6 weeks
  • Mammography Rotation – 8 weeks
  • Computed Tomography – 10 weeks
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging – 12 weeks
  • Ultrasound – 6 weeks
  • Nuclear Medicine and PET – 20 weeks
  • Imaging Informatics – 6 weeks
  • Radiation Safety – 4 weeks
 

Admission

We seek candidates with an excellent foundation in medical physics and a strong desire to thrive in a clinical environment. Preferred candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in medical physics from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program or have a CAMPEP-accredited certificate n medical physics.

 

How to Apply

We are registered with Medical Physics Match and accept applications through AAPM Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP). The two-year residency commences on July 1 and is 100% clinical.  The two-year residency commences on July 1 and is 100% clinical.  The application must include a comprehensive curriculum vitae, statement of personal interests and goals, three letters of reference, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies.

 

Publications and Presentations by Physics Residents 

Resident Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. X Jiang, M Baad, I Reiser, KA Feinstein, ZF Lu, “Effect of comfort pads and incubator design on neonatal chest radiography”, Pediatric Radiology, 2016; 46: 112-118. (This article was featured on the newsletter of Applied Radiology by staff news brief: http://appliedradiology.com/articles/comfort-pads-and-incubator-design-impact-radiation-dose-of-neonates)
  2. KJ Little, I Reiser, L Liu, T Kinsey, AA Sánchez, K Haas, F Baker-Mallory, C Froman, ZF Lu, “Unified database for rejected image analysis across multiple vendors in radiography”, J Am Coll Radiol 2017; 14(2):208-216. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacr.2016.07.011
  3. AA Sánchez, I Reiser, T Baxter, Y Zhang, JH Finkle, ZF Lu and K Feinstein, “Portable abdomen radiography: Moving to thickness-based protocols”, Pediatric Radiology, 2018; 48(2):210-215. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00247-017-4025-4

Resident Conference Presentations:

  1. X Jiang, M Baad, I Reiser, K Feinstein, ZF Lu, “To remove or not to remove: comfort pads from beneath neonates for radiography”, oral presentation at AAPM annual meeting, Austin, TX, July 20-24, 2014.
  2. X Jiang, A Dachman, I Reiser, K Little, ZF Lu, “Staff radiation protection for oropharyngeal motility studies”, poster presentation at 2015 AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting, St. Louis, MO, March 7-10, 2015.
  3. Baad M, Jiang X, Reiser I, Lu ZF, Feinstein K:  “Effect of comfort pads and incubator design on radiation dose and image quality of chest radiographs in neonates.”  Presented at the Fifty-eighth Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Radiology, Seattle, WA, April 29, 2015.
  4. K Little, Z Lu, H MacMahon, I Reiser, “Effect of image processing parameters on nodule detectability in chest radiography”, Oral presentation at the 2015 AAPM annual meeting, Anaheim, CA. (Best in Physics Award), July 12-16, 2015.
  5. K Little, L Liu, K Haas, A Sanchez, I Reiser, Z Lu, “Unified database for rejected image analysis across multiple vendors in radiography”, finalist in young investigator clinical symposium, 2016 AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 5-8, 2016.
  6. Z Lu, K Little, I Reiser, V Kagan, A Sanchez, H MacMahon, “Electromagnetic Interference Artifacts in Digital Radiography Caused by Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)”, poster presentation in 2016 AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 5-8, 2016.
  7. M Baad, A Sanchez, K Little, I Reiser, Z Lu and K Feinstein, “Ultrasound artifacts: where have all the shadows gone?”, education exhibit, The International Pediatric Radiology 7th Conjoint Meeting and Exhibition, Chicago, IL, May 15 – 20, 2016.
  8. A Sanchez, M Baad, K Little, I Reiser, Z Lu and K Feinstein, “The old and the new – How time-tested antiscatter grids interact with portable digital radiography technology”, oral presentation, The International Pediatric Radiology 7th Conjoint Meeting and Exhibition, Chicago, IL, May 15 – 20, 2016.
  9. A Sanchez, K Little, M Baad, I Reiser, ZF Lu and K Feinstein, “Investigating the interplay of antiscatter grids with modern detectors and image processing in digital radiography”, poster presentation, the AAPM 58th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, July 31 – Aug 4, 2016.
  10. A Sanchez, K Little, J Chung, ZF Lu, H MacMahon, and I Reiser, “Validation of a Channelized Hotelling Observer to Optimize Chest Radiography Image Processing for Nodule Detection: A Human Observer Study”, oral presentation, the AAPM 58th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, July 31 – Aug 4, 2016.
  11. K Little, I Reiser, A Sanchez, J Chung, H MacMahon, and ZF Lu, “Effect of CT Reconstruction Filter On Measured Hounsfield Values in Lung Nodules”, oral presentation, the AAPM 58th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, July 31 – Aug 4, 2016.
  12. K Little, L Liu, K Haas, A Sanchez, CM Froman, T Kinsey, I Reiser, ZF Lu, Application of a Unified Database for Rejected Acquisition Analysis in Radiography, Quality Storyboards at 2016 RSNA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, 2016.
  13. A Sanchez, I Reiser, Y Zhang, J Finkle, Z Lu, K Feinstein, “Transitioning to thickness-based protocols in pediatric abdomen radiography”, poster presentation at 2017 AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 18-21, 2017.
  14. Sanchez A, Reiser I, Baxter T, Zhang Y, Finkle J, Lu Z, Feinstein K, "Portable Abdomen Radiography: Moving to Thickness-Based Protocols", oral presentation at the 2017 Society of Pediatric Radiology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 16-20, 2017.
  15. A Magee, A Purakal, I Reiser, ZF Lu, K Kulkarni, C Straus, A Sanchez, C Yang, “Allow me to introduce you: facilitating medical student exploration of the field of diagnostic radiology through an interactive, multi-format expo”, accepted to the 2017 ACR Annual Meeting, Washington DC, May 21-25, 2017. (selected as High-impact Abstract)
  16. A Sanchez, I Reiser, T Baxter, Y Zhang, ZF Lu, K Feistein, “Analyzing portable abdomen radiography techniques to guide size-specific pediatric protocol development”, oral presentation at 2017 AAPM Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, July 30 – Aug. 3, 2017.
  17. Y Zhang, K Little, A Sanchez, I Reiser, J Chung, H MacMahon, ZF Lu, “Measured Hounsfield Units in Lung Nodules Varies with CT Reconstruction Filters and Slice Thickness”, ePoster presentation at 2017 AAPM Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, July 30 – Aug. 3, 2017.
  18. Wang S, Zhang Y, Fan X, He D, Medved M, Antic T, Yousurf A, Karczmar G, Oto A, “Comparison of Cardiac Output Calculated from Low Dose Ultra-fast DCE MRI to the Values Measured from Cardiac MRI, 26th Scientific Meeting, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Paris, France, June 2018.
  19. E Marshall, ZF Lu, Y Zhang, J Finkle, K Feinstein, I Reiser, and A Jones, “When to Use a Breast Shield in Pediatric CAP CT Studies: Understanding the Limitations of Global Dose Reduction Strategies”, submitted for oral presentation at the AAPM Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, July 29 – August 2, 2018.
  20. A Sanchez, I Reiser, T Baxter, Y Zhang, J Finkle, ZF Lu, and K Feinstein, “Implementing Thickness-Based Protocols in Pediatric Portable Abdomen Radiography”, submitted for oral presentation at the AAPM Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, July 29 – August 2, 2018.
  21. EL Marshall, T Baxter, G Anderson, Y Zhang, ZF Lu, D Schacht, I Reiser, K Kulkarni, “Embracing EQUIP in our daily mammography environment: best practices and lessons learned (the EQUIP way or the highway)”, 2018 RSNA Annual Meeting, ePoster presentation, Chicago, IL, Nov. 25 – 30, 2018.

Posters at UCM Annual Quality and Safety Symposium:

  1. X Jiang, A Dachman, I Reiser, K Little, ZF Lu, “Staff Radiation Protection for Oropharyngeal Motility Studies”, May 5th, 2015.
  2. K Little, I Reisder, ZF Lu, F Baker, T Kinsey, L Cole, K Dill, S Montner, A Funaki, B Greenberg and H MacMahon, “Image Quality and Radiation Dose for PA and Lateral CXRs”, May 5th, 2015.
  3. K Little, L Liu, T Kinsey, C Froman, I Reiser, K Haas, A Sánchez, ZF Lu, “United database for rejected acquisition analysis in radiography”, May 12th, 2016.
  4. I Reiser, A Sánchez, K Little, ZF Lu, P Mosebach, A Oto, J Chung, “Managing CT dose levels at UCM: comparison with national benchmarks”, May 12th, 2016.
  5. ZF Lu, K Little, I Reiser, V Kagan, A Sánchez, J Chung, H MacMahon, “Electromagnetic interference artifacts in digital radiography caused by left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)”, May 12th, 2016.
  6. A Sanchez, I Reiser , T Baxter, Y Zhang, J Finkle, ZF Lu, K Feinstein, “Transitioning to Thickness-Based Protocols in Portable Pediatric Abdomen Radiography”, May 4th, 2017.
  7. Y Zhang, K Little, A Sanchez, I Reiser, J Chung, H MacMahon, ZF Lu, “Hounsfield Units in Lung Nodules Vary with Reconstruction Parameters”, May 4th, 2017.
  8. A Sanchez, I Reiser, T Baxter, ZF Lu, Y Zhang, E Marshall, J Finkle and K Feinstein, “Implementation and Clinical Impact of Thickness-Based Protocols in Portable Pediatric Abdomen Radiology”, 2018 UCMC Quality & Safety Symposium, May 2nd, 2018.
  9. E Marshall, Y Zhang, A Jones, J Chung, M Malaniuk, M Mason, I Reiser and ZF Lu, “Institution Wide Comparisons of CT Diagnostic Reference Levels and Achievable Doses to National Benchmarked Values”, 2018 UCMC Quality & Safety Symposium, May 2nd, 2018. (Awarded the “Poster of Distinction”)
 

Resources

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc.