In 2017, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute program has applied for initial accreditation by the CAMPEP and now our program is accredited through 12/31/2020.
Please note that the CAMPEP accreditation status can be applied to the non-proton therapy curriculum only.
As stated in the official letter from CAMPEP, this is a result of the lack of CAMPEP standards for a proton physics residency. Non-proton therapy curriculum is emphasized through the first two years of the Residency, while proton therapy medical physics training is done primarily during the third year of the Residency.
The Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program at the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute (UFHPTI) was a part of a two year Radiation Oncology Physics Residency Program at University of Florida in Gainesville. The latter was established in July 1995, initially accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) in 2000 and re-accredited in 2010. As of January 2016, the total number of graduates of UF Gainesville program was twenty-five. Nine of these graduates were educated primarily on UFHPTI (Jacksonville) campus.
The UFHPTI campus was established in 2006 followed by the opening of UFHPTI as a training site of the UF Radiation Oncology Physics Residency program. As a healthcare institution, UFHPTI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in 2015. Of the 23 proton therapy centers in the U.S., it is one of three proton therapy facilities to achieve this recognition. Also, UFHPTI is one of the four cancer centers in Florida that are designated Cancer Centers of Excellence. All the UFHPTI graduates have gone on to positions in radiation oncology physics at reputable institutions. The list of the graduates from UF Gainesville Medical Physics Residency can be viewed here. Please see the tab Current Residents to view our program statistics.
Starting November 2017, UFHPTI continues the residency program independently from the UF Gainesville campus with collaboration between two programs. The duration of the UFHPTI Clinical Medical Physics Residency is designed to provide all CAMPEP-required clinical training in radiation therapy physics, with an additional emphasis in proton therapy. We offer 2 or 3 years of training depending on the previous proton therapy experience of the successful candidate accepted into the Program. The experience of each candidate is evaluated during the admissions process.