A regional consortium of cancer care organizations has announced its 2019 medical physics residency training program graduates, which include John Doiron, Fei Duan, Nicholas Marsh, and Brittany Moore.
In order to address a nationwide shortage of medical physicists, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge established a medical physics residency training consortium in 2009. The consortium received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs in 2012, and currently includes training sites at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. The consortium program allows for the significant expansion of residency training opportunities and created one of the largest medical physics residency training programs in the United States.
“Together with our affiliate partners, our consortium has continued producing highly-trained medical physicists who are now serving cancer patients in the Gulf South region and throughout the country,” said Jonas Fontenot, PhD, program director of the residency consortium. “This year’s exceptional group of graduates is a shining example of the dedicated, highly-skilled professionals produced by our program. We congratulate these graduating residents as they enter the workforce and join their fellow alumni in elevating cancer care in the communities they serve.”
Doiron entered the residency program at Mary Bird Perkins after receiving a master’s degree in medical physics from the Louisiana State University program, which is jointly supported by Mary Bird Perkins. Following graduation, Doiron will join a private practice medical physics group, HannLeb Physics, Inc., where he will practice at Ballad Health Care System clinics in Johnson City, Tenn. and Abingdon, Virg.
Duan entered the residency program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center after receiving a master’s degree in medical physics from San Diego State University. Following graduation, he will join 21st Century, where he will practice in Wellington, Fla.
Marsh entered the residency program at the Willis Knighton Cancer Center after receiving a master’s degree in medical physics from Indiana University. Following graduation, he has accepted a medical physics staff position at Ironwood Cancer and Research Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
Moore joined the Mary Bird Perkins residency program after receiving a master’s degree in medical physics from the Duke University program. During her second year, Moore served as the program’s senior resident, having been chosen by her co-residents to act as liaison with the residency program’s oversight committee. Following graduate, Moore will join the staff at McLeod Health in Florence, South Carolina as part of the organization’s medical physics team.
There are approximately 4,000 board-certified medical physicists in the United States. In 2009, Mary Bird Perkins became the first cancer center in Louisiana to establish a medical physics residency training program, which is required for eligibility for board certification from the American Board of Radiology. Together with its partners at Willis Knighton Cancer Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, 33 medical physics residents have completed their training with the consortium. Those graduates have experienced a 100 percent job placement rate and enjoyed great success in completing their board certification examinations.
A regional consortium of cancer care organizations has announced its 2019 medical physics residency training program graduates. Pictured, left to right, are Sarah Larson, operations manager, Willis Knighton Cancer; Dr. Jonas Fontenot, chief operating officer and chief of physics, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; John Doiron, resident graduate, Nick Marsh, affiliate resident graduate, Brittany Moore, affiliate resident graduate, Fei Duan, affiliate resident graduate and Dr. Claus Yang, residency director, University of Mississippi Medical Center.