Schools and Residency Programs

Radiation Therapy and Medical Physics Radiation Oncology Residency Programs

Radiation Therapy Program

CARTI offers a one-year educational program to meet the demand for qualified radiation therapists. The program is a continuous resource for well-educated, quality-oriented, professional radiation therapists and is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), (http://www.jrcert.org/). The program has a full 8-year accreditation with the next review date in 2015 and licensed by Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education (www.sbpce.arkansas.gov).

Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide competent and compassionate entry level radiation therapists to meet the needs of today’s changing healthcare community in an educational atmostphere of distinction.

A Tradition Of Excellence

The performance of the program is demonstrated through program goals, student learning outcomes and program effectiveness data as defined by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Effectiveness data for the programs is available at the following links.  This information can also be obtained at www.jrcert.org/resources/program-effectiveness-data.

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
Program Effectivenss Data

Admissions/Applications

Students are selected on the basis of their applications, official transcripts, professional references, interviews, and within the limits of the program’s student capacity. Please keep in mind that selection for the program is highly competetive. CARTI is unable to select every applicant due to limitations of program capacity and availability of clinical space.

Program Brochure with Admission Requirements
Application for Admission Form

Student Handbook:
Table of Contents
Didactic Handbook
Clinical Education Handbook

For more information or questions concerning the radiation therapy program, please email the CARTI Education Department at email hidden; JavaScript is required or call 501-660-7623 or toll-free at 1-800-482-8561, ext. 7623.

For questions concerning accreditation of this program, you may contact the
JRCERT at the following:
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: 312.704.5300
Fax: 312.704-5304
www.JRCERT.org
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Medical Physics Radiation Oncology Residency Program

Each year, CARTI offers a medical physics radiation oncology residency program to prepare students entering the field of medical physics.  This program is CAMPEP accredited.

This 24-month program will be strongly clinical and professional, and not didactic. CARTI will offer the resident a dynamic clinical learning environment and a vigorous and aggressive adoption of new and proven technology.

Requirements

Pre-Requisites:
Applicants must satisfy the following criteria in order to be considered for acceptance into the residency program:

1. Graduate of a CAMPEP approved Medical Physics program with a Masters or Doctoral degree.
2. Graduated with at least a 3.0 cumulative overall GPA.
3. Meets CARTI employee requirements.

For more information, contact the Department of Physics & Engineering at 501-296-3254 or toll-free at 1-800-482-8561, ext. 254.

To view the following information regarding the CARTI Medical Physics Residency Program, click on the following links.

Program Objectives

The objective of the program is to prepare students entering the program with adequate didactic training to become capable of functioning independently in a clinical environment that includes a full complement of treatment modalities and uses state-of-the-art technology.

Program History

Completion Requirements & Training

The requirements for completion of the residency will be the demonstrated ability to perform independently all tasks generally recognized as fundamental clinical physics duties, as outlined in Task Group 90 of the AAPM. The residency program will be of 24-month duration. The objective of the first year will be the attainment of the ability to manage, with necessary supervision from the CARTI clinical physics staff, the broad range of clinical duties necessary for the daily operation of a radiation oncology clinic; primarily the safe planning and delivery of radiation therapy to cancer patients, state licensing maintenance, radiation safety issues, etc. The objective of the second year will be to build on the first year and to develop areas of specialization and expertise, and to develop a greater level of responsibility and independence.
One advantage that CARTI offers residents is its multiple (5) clinical sites, each staffed with its own radiation oncologist, dosimetrist(s), therapists, and administrative staff. It is expected that in the second year of the residency, the resident will join the clinical travel rotation with the other staff physicists. This will enhance the resident’s ability to work independently; while at the same time have access to support from the other physics staff.It is expected that the resident will attend or participate in departmental and clinical conferences, in-services, and e-learning programs which have direct or indirect educational or clinical relevance. Examples of ongoing conferences are:

• weekly physics staff meetings
• weekly chart rounds
• weekly stereotactic conference
• weekly radiation oncologist case review
• monthly radiation oncologist journal club
• monthly e-learning clinical programs

Application Process

All items must be received by January 1. Applicants must satisfy the following criteria in order to be considered for acceptance into the residency program:

1. Graduate of a CAMPEP approved Medical Physics program with a Masters or
Doctoral degree.
2. Graduated with at least a 3.0 cumulative overall GPA.
3. Meets CARTI employee requirements.
4. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted.

Prospective applicants to the residency program should make contact with CARTI prior to January 1 of the year of the desired residency. The application must include:

1. Letter requesting consideration for the program and any information the candidate would want the committee to consider that is not in the application or transcripts.

2. CARTI employment application form.

3. Graduate program transcript. Transcripts must be official and with the CAMPEP school’s seal for authenticity. Photocopies and unofficial transcripts are unacceptable. These should be mailed to:

Dr. Homayoun Hamidian, PhD
CARTI
PO Box 55050
Little Rock, AR 72215

4. Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be emailed directly from the individual referring the applicant to the CARTI residency program director, Dr. Homayoun Hamidian, PhD , at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

a. One letter of recommendation must be from the program director or dean of your CAMPEP program.

b. One letter of recommendation must be from an instructor of your graduate studies.

All applicants will be notified by email that the application is complete when all materials have been received.

Interviews:
The applicants who complete the application submission process and meet the pre-requisites will be ranked according to the information provided in the packet. The top 3-5 applicants will be chosen for interviews.

The interview process will be standardized and formal questions will be the basis for the interview. The interview process will be designed to assess the applicant’s general aptitude, commitment to the profession, and ability to complete the program successfully. It is preferred that interviews be conducted on the CARTI campus, however, the admissions committee may decide to allow the interview to be conducted via telephone should there be extraordinary circumstances preventing a timely on-site interview.

Travel expenses will not be covered by CARTI.

Status of Application, Determination of Award, Time for Acceptance:
Based upon all of the information obtained, the top 3-5 candidates will be selected and ranked according to their overall performance. CARTI follow the “gentlemen’s” agreement implemented by CAMPEP program directors. There is a common date – usually the first Friday in March of each year – when offers are made. The top candidate will be notified first. and will have 72 hours to respond to the offer. If the top candidate does not accept the position, the program will move down the list to contact other candidates according to their rank by the committee

Program Application
CARTI Employment Application