If you have a PhD in physics or a related field, you can pursue an alternative pathway to becoming a medical physicist.
To become a clinical medical physicist, you will need to fulfill the following requirements:
- CAMPEP-Accredited Medical Physics Certificate Program
Medical Physics certificate programs in North America are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP), and provide medical physics didactic coursework required to enter a residency program.
- CAMPEP-Accredited Medical Physics Residency
Medical physics residency programs provide hands-on clinical training in diagnostic/nuclear medical physics or therapeutic medical physics. Residency training is required in order to be board eligible and work as a Qualified Medical Physicist (QMP) in the clinic.
- Board Certification
Clinical medical physicists typically seek board certification in their clinical specialty. Board certification is organized by entities such as the American Board of Radiology (ABR), the American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP), the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM), or the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine (ABSNM). A certificate showing that you’ve graduated from a CAMPEP-accredited residency program is required to take the board exam.
- SDAMPP Student Guide to a Medical Physics Career
The Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs (SDAMPP), 2016
- Academic Program Recommendations for Graduate Degrees in Medical Physics
AAPM Report #197, 2009
- Essentials and Guidelines for Clinical Medical Physics Residency Training Programs
AAPM Report #249, 2013
- The Essential Medical Physics Didactic Elements for Physicists Entering the Profession Through an Alternative Pathway
AAPM Report #197S, 2011
- Alternative Clinical Medical Physics Training Pathways for Medical Physicists
AAPM Report#133, 2008