We at UCSF take your care seriously. Click here for COVID-19 information

University of California San Francisco

Physics Residency Program Information

Foreground Victoria Cheung

Welcome to the Medical Physics
Residency Program at UCSF.

As part of a major academic institution, our department considers residents training one of its most important functions.  We have a long history of training residents and postdoctoral fellows in radiation physics. The physics residency training program was established in September 1993 with the specific goal of training clinical medical physicists.

Our program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP – https://www.campep.org), and provides structured clinical training in an academically rich environment. Residents gain competencies in all areas of radiation oncology physics and are well prepared to achieve certification by the American board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiology Physics (ABR – https://www.theabr.org). The program is governed in part by the UCSF Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) office, which offers full benefits and privileges to all the residents. The duration of the clinical training is 2 years, with the availability for an optional year dedicated to research.  UCSF promotes an inclusive atmosphere that provides mentorship and support for trainees from diverse environment, and foster multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Physics residents become an integral part of the Department, performing clinical duties while interacting closely with the entire faculty and staff in a collegial manner. The UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology is comprised of three campuses located within the city of San Francisco (Parnassus, Mount Zion and Mission Bay) where we offer one of the largest varieties of treatment techniques in the country. The broad technologic portfolio includes six gantry-based linacs (Siemens Artiste, Elekta Versa, 3 TrueBeam and 1 TrueBeam STx with Exactrac), Tomotherapy, CyberKnife, Gamma Knife Icon, Intraoperative radiotherapy (Mobetron and Intrabeam), HDR and LDR brachytherapy, hyperthermia and a proton beam line dedicated to ocular treatments.

The diverse treatment delivery environment is matched by a variety of treatment planning platforms including RayStation, Pinnacle, Precision, GammaPlan, Oncentra with IPSA and MIM Software. Motion management solutions include 4DCT and 4D CBCT capability, breath-hold treatments with SDX and real-time tumor motion tracking on the CyberKnife. Residents at USCF gain hands-on experience on each of these platforms. With expert teams of clinicians, scientists and technical staff, UCSF prides itself on continually pushing the potential of the technology to offer the highest quality therapy.

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 are exposed to a variety of didactic activities such as chart rounds, case-based teaching rounds, physics lecture series, task group presentations and journal club.  The Medical Physics Residency Steering Committee (MPRSC) oversees the operation and the evaluation of the Physics Residency training program.

Residents participate in the clinical rotations under the direct supervision of physics faculty and board-certified medical physicists.

Faculty at UCSF are leading many exciting and novel research projects to deliver superior, personalized cancer therapy. Faculty mentors are committed to complement clinical training with research experience for residents interested in a career in academic medical physics.

Martina Descovich

Martina Descovich, PhD
Director, Medical Physics
Residency Program

Katelyn Hasse

Katelyn Hasse, PhD
Associate Director, Medical Physics
Residency Program

How to Apply

Designed to meet the requirements of CAMPEP, our program aims to prepare our residents for a career in clinical medical physics with a strong academic emphasis.  We participate in the Medical Physics Matching Program and fill all our positions (2 per year) though the Match. We accept applications through AAPM’s common application system MP-RAP

Typically, the application deadline is in early December and the interviews are held in late January/February for a July 1st start date.

The NMS ID for the UCSF Physics Residency Program is 11011.

All candidates applying to the Physics Residency Program must have a Ph.D. or M.S. degree in medical physics, physics, biophysics, radiological sciences, engineering, or a related field with a particularly strong background in physics.  In addition, applicants must have either graduated from a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program, have completed a CAMPEP-accredited certificate program, or have taken and passed coursework that satisfies the CAMPEP admissions criteria

Current and Former Residents

Previous Physics Residents

  • Katelyn Hasse, PhD (2020)
  • Yutaka Natsuake, PhD (2020)
  • Alon Witztum, DPhil (2019)
  • Benjamin P. Ziemer, PhD (2019)
  • Mareike Held, PhD (2018)
  • Vasant Kearney, PhD (2018)
  • Dae Han, PhD (2017)
  • Justin Philips, PhD (2017)
  • Joey Cheung, PhD (2016)
  • Peng Dong, PhD (2015)
  • Christopher McGuinness, PhD (2015)
  • Sarah Geneser, PhD (2015)
  • Atchar Sudhyadhom, PhD (2014)
  • Ke Nie Geneser, PhD (2013)
  • Neil Kirby, PhD (2013)
  • Lisa Goggin, PhD (2012)
  • Sebastien Gros, PhD (2011)
  • Dilini Pinnaduwage, PhD (2011)
  • Olivier Morin, PhD (2010)
  • Andrew Hwang, PhD (2010)
  • Tarek Halabi, PhD (2009)
  • Martina Descovich, PhD (2007)
  • Josephine Chen, PhD (2007)
  • Hong Chen, PhD (2006)
  • Ningsheng Zhu, PhD (2005)
  • Edwardo Villareal, PhD (2004)
  • Katja Langen, PhD (2003)
  • Cynthia Chuang, PhD (2002)
  • Lei Wang, PhD (2001)
  • Djay Wieczorek, PhD (2000)
  • Jenny Hai, PhD (1998)
  • Ping Xia, PhD (1997)
  • Greg Bednarz, PhD (1996)
  • Bruce Hill, PhD (1995)

Medical Physics Program Overview

Designed to meet the requirements of the CAMPEP residency, our program aims to prepare our residents for a career in clinical medical physics with a strong academic emphasis. The UCSF program is part of the national match for application selection (www.aapm.org/cap).

The interview process is performed in accordance with the equal opportunity standards of UCSF and complies with UCSF GME rules governing the program.

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 will be trained in all areas of radiation oncology physics by board certified therapeutic radiological physicists.

Redefining Possible