Medical Physics & Radiation Biology
Rush University Medical Center is located in the world-class city of Chicago. Also known as the "Second City," Chicago is a cultural and ethnic melting pot full of energy and excitement. Chicago is a vibrant city full of art, architecture, theatre, outdoor recreation and some of the most famous museums in the country.
Rush's main campus is located in the Illinois Medical District, one of the largest medical districts in the world. The Illinois Medical District consists of 4 of Chicago's major medical institutions: Rush University Medical Center, The University of Illinois Medical Center, Stroger (Cook County) Hospital, and the VA Chicago Healthcare System.
Rush University Medical Center has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the state, offering both ACGME-accredited and non-accredited training programs. Established in 1837 Rush University Medical Center has a history rich in innovation. Rush is well known throughout the country for its expertise in patient care, research, and teaching. This expertise has led to a number of scientific developments and clinical advancements over the years, for example:
1968: George M. Hass, MD achieves a medical first by producing leukemia and malignant lymphoma by restriction of magnesium in the diet of animals. This is the first instance of a causal relation between a normal, essential dietary constituent and the development of a malignant disease.
1975: Frank R. Hendrickson, MD, Former Chair, Dept., Radiation Therapy, Co-founds the Fermilab Cancer Therapy Facility (CTF) which is involved in groundbreaking clinical trials involving the use of neutrons in cancer therapy.
1982: Richard D. Penn, MD, J. A. Paice, PhD, and W. Gottschalk, MD, achieve a medical first at Rush by implanting a computerized programmable pump into the abdomen of a patient with cancer. The pump automatically delivers painkillers into the patient's spine.
1985: Rush opens the region's first comprehensive breast cancer center. A team of oncologists, surgeons, radiation therapists and nurses work together to coordinate individualized care for each patient, producing a full range of the latest and most innovative treatment options.
2002: Rush Oncologist Melody Cobleigh, M.D. leads a multi-center research initiative which identifies Herceptin as the first effective targeted therapy in Metastatic Breast Cancer when used as both a single agent and in combination with chemotherapy.
Present: Along with these medical achievements, Rush University has led the way in several clinical advancements; we are the first institution to incorporate computer controlled radiation therapy into patient treatment and Rush University Medical Center is the only test site in the world chosen to explore the use of the Perspecta Spatial 3D system to improve evaluation and planning of radiation treatments.
Our ACGME accredited residency program in Radiation Oncology is a four year post graduate training program. The program combines both didactic and clinical instruction in oncology patient care, medical physics, and radiation biology. The program curriculum is designed to allow residents progressive participation in their training which increases with the successful completion of each academic year.
Throughout training, residents are required to meet six core competencies outlined by the ACGME:
Patient Care: Residents must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
Medical Knowledge: Residents must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Residents must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Residents must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, patient families, and professional associates.
Professionalism: Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principals, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
System-Based Practice: Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of healthcare and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
Medical Physics & Radiation Biology
Medical Physics plays a key role in resident training. The Section of Medical Physics is responsible for the physics aspects of treatment delivery which includes; machine calibration and maintenance, treatment planning, accurate dose calculations, and delivery of treatments.
Radiation Biology explores strategies to improve radiation therapy outcomes by measuring cellular response to radiation. Residents attend a 30hr. Radiation Biology course during their training.
Both Medical Physics and Radiation Biology have active research projects underway. As a resident you will have the opportunity to participate in research initiatives offered by both sections.
The department is also equipped with state-of-the-art treatment technology which include:
- Trilogy Accelerator
- TomoTherapy Image Guided Radiation Therapy
- Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
- Three-Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy
- High and Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery
- Total Skin Electron Irradiation
- Total body Irradiation
- Endovascular Brachytherapy
Residents have the advantage of training in a state of the art clinical setting which allows access to a diverse array of cancers as well as a broad range of treatment equipment/options. The resident's office, located within the department's administrative offices, is equipped with individual workstations, as well as, reference materials, computer hardware/software and transcription equipment.