Clinical Training

The two-year program provides a structured rotation schedule covering all aspects of therapeutic medical physics with direct supervision by board-certified medical physicists. The clinical training program combined with the academic environment at UCLA is designed to fully prepare the candidate for a successful career in clinical medical physics.


The UCLA Radiation Oncology medical physics group is an integral part of the educational mission in the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine including a formal medical residency program and the CAMPEP accredited UCLA Physics and Biology in Medicine Graduate Program.

The two-year clinical training consists of 8 quarterly clinical rotations with each quarter representing a clinical rotation area.

  • Simulation, Treatment, Machine QA
  • Treatment planning
  • Radiosurgery/SBRT
  • Clinical development projects
  • Tomotherapy and Ethos
  • Brachytherapy
  • MRI guided RT (MRgRT)
  • Full practice

A radiation safety topic and specialty topic are included for each rotation quarter.

Sample Rotation Schedule

July- Sept Oct-Dec Jan-Mar Apr - June
Orientation/QA Treatment planning SRS/SBRT MRI guided RT
Clinical Projects Tomo/Ethos Brachytherapy Full Practice

Didactic Training

Regular didactic seminars, lectures and conferences are offered including:

  • Treatment site-specific Radiation Oncology Clinical Didactic Lecture Series (ROCDLS)
  • Multidisciplinary tumor boards and Chart rounds
  • Annual Physics Lecture Series designed for preparing medical residents for ABR written physics boards
  • Supplemental didactic lecture series

CAMPEP accredited UCLA Physics and Biology in Medicine (PBM) Graduate Program (formerly known as Biomedical Physics) which offers a certificate program and the following supplemental didactic courses

  • Introductory Radiation Biology
  • Physics of Diagnostic Radiology
  • Fundamentals of Dosimetry
  • Physic of Radiation Therapy
  • Radiologic Functional Anatomy
  • Physics and Chemistry of Nuclear Medicine