Residency Program

Clinical Residency in Radiation Oncology Physics

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) 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 specialised medical physics applied to the field of radiation oncology.  These positions are located at many Ontario cancer centres, including The Ottawa Hospital.  Availability of these positions at specific locations will vary from year to year, and is subject to budget approvals by CCO and the MOHLTC.  The aim of these programs is to train medical physicists to perform duties competently, professionally and safely in a clinical environment, and to help fulfill the future physics staffing needs of cancer centres in Ontario. The Ontario training program is well recognised and serves as an excellent preparation towards subsequent certification by the Canadian College of Medical Physicists (CCPM).  The Ottawa Hospital Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) since 2007.

Program Statistics:  The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre

Calendar year (position started) # applying # offered # accepted # graduated # certified
(eg. MCCPM, ABR)
First employment of graduates
Clinical Academic Industry Other
2008 53 2 2 2 1 2      
2009 76 2 2 1 1 1      
2010 * 2 2 2 2 2      
2011 * 2 2 2 2 2      
2012 * 2 2 2 2 2      
2013 * 1 1 1 1 1      
2014 26 2 1 0      1  
2015 29 2 2            
2016 21 1 1            
2017 10 1 1            
  • Graduate statistics refer to the residents who entered the program in that calendar year
  • indicates no formal posting of positions

Qualifications and Basis of Award

Admission requirements to The Ottawa Hospital program are as described by CAMPEP:, and the preferred entry requirement is a Ph.D. degree in medical physics from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program.  In accordance with Canadian Employment and Immigration requirements, preference is given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Residency positions are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and the potential for a professional career as a clinical medical physicist. Residency candidates should have good verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated research ability and a strong interest in working with a multi-disciplinary medical team.

Duration and Stipend

Approximately two years.  As these are unionized positions (PIPSC Ontario Medical Physicists), salary, benefits and other employment conditions are stipulated by the collective agreement.

Application Deadline

Applicants may submit a letter of interest, an up-to-date resume (CV) and academic transcripts to the program director at any time.  The letter should highlight their academic background (including CAMPEP admissibility), their status in Canada (for example, Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada), relevant work experience, interests, and future career goals.

Our program does not participate in the medphys match.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Henderson, Program Director.