Using a collaborative approach, Mary Bird Perkins formed a medical physics consortium with multiple affiliate sites, including Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport, LA and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. This has allowed for the expansion of residency training opportunities and resources. In conjunction with its affiliates, Mary Bird Perkins now has one of the largest and most comprehensive radiation oncology physics residency training programs in the United States.
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The CAMPEP-accredited Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) Therapeutic Physics Residency Training Program provides training in clinical radiation oncology physics in preparation for American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification and independent practice in clinical medical physics in radiation oncology. The program covers the majority of topics found in AAPM Report 249, through a combination of supervised training and independent work. After successful completion of the program, the resident will have covered the essential curricula for the board certification examination for radiation oncology physics.
MBPCC has reached agreements with two regional cancer centers to serve as partner programs in the residency program. These affiliate sites were chosen based on their interest in the program, and sufficient clinical staff and resources to effectively train residents. Partner locations include Willis-Knighton Cancer Center (Shreveport, LA) and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS). Each site has a local program director who is also a member of the Program Committee. This type of collaborative endeavor enables us to train additional residents, and provide access to more special procedures than are available at any one site.
Medical physicists and administration at all locations have shown a great deal of support in developing these partnerships. The partner sites began resident training in July 2011, and currently, each has two to three residents in the program. Details of the Consortium Affiliate Sites may be found at:
The program is located within the Department of Physics, Radiation Oncology Services at MBPCC and is headed by the Residency Program Director, Dr. Garrett Pitcher.
The direction and content of the program is governed by the Residency Program Steering Committee, which consists of:
All clinical operations of the program are administered by board certified or board eligible staff (medical physicists and medical dosimetrists).
MBPCC and its Physics department have been actively involved in Medical Physics education and training for over 25 years through the training of Medical Physics graduate students at LSU. In 2004, MBPCC entered into a formal agreement with LSU for an integrated academic-community cancer center model for Medical Physics. This agreement was integral in the 2006 CAMPEP accreditation of the M.S. in Medical Physics and Health Physics Program and the 2011 CAMPEP accreditation of the Ph.D. in Physics with specialization in Medical Physics within the LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy. Development of a CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Residency Program was the next planned step in the training of clinical medical physicists.
In 2004, MBPCC administration granted approval for the creation of a Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Training Program. Over the next four years, departmental faculty and staff were added to a level adequate to establish and sustain the Program. Program development began in March 2009, under the supervision of Program Director Dr. John P. Gibbons, Jr. The first resident began the Program on July 1, 2009 and completed residency training on August 31, 2011.
In October 2014, Dr. Jonas Fontenot succeeded Dr. Gibbons, serving Program Director for until December, 2021. At that time, Dr. Garrett Pitcher was appointed as Program Director, while Dr. Fontenot continues to serve as Chief Executive Officer of MBPCC.
In 2021, the program received re-accredited by CAMPEP through December 2026.