Medical Physics Residency in Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) has developed a two-year Medical Physics Residency Program in Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine. This is a structured program supervised by qualified medical physicists (CCPM/ABR certification) and expert scientists. This is a program led by VCH in partnership with collaborators from the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the University of British Columbia.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of the VCH Medical Physics Residency Program in Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine is to ensure residents entering clinical physics in these disciplines are equipped with the skills required to be successful as a team player and subject matter expert in Medical Imaging and/or Nuclear Medicine to contribute to the overall health of patients and staff.
In alignment with the VCH Values, VCH Strategic Priorities and CAMPEP requirements, the program has the following objectives:
- Understand the role of a medical physicist specialized in either diagnostic or nuclear medicine specialty to provide clinical and technical service to improve health care outcomes of patients, while ensuring both staff and patient safety.
- Understand past, current and new technologies that enable diagnosis of illness and injury to improve health care outcomes,
- Equip residents with tools to evaluate and implement new technologies that will improve the health care outcomes in a safe and reliable manor,
- Understand the role of Medical Physicists to provide support to clinicians, nursing or technical staff to improve both patient and staff safety, as well as improve patient outcomes,
- Critically evaluate scientific literature and provide recommendations towards improving clinical practice through implementation,
- Equip residents with knowledge and communication and technical skills to ethically engage with other health care professionals to improve health care outcomes, or the purchase of new imaging equipment,
- Instilltechnical skills to evaluate and monitor new imaging technologies, including the ability to develop new quality assurance or quality control programs,
Instill the need for lifelong learning to develop new techniques that utilize new technology for the betterment of patient outcomes, the program has received accreditation (2021) by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). This is a two-year program structured training program based on the guidelines from AAPM Report 90 and will provide the clinical experience necessary to write obtain certification by the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) and the American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification exams in either Diagnostic Medical Physics or Nuclear Medical Physics.