Professional Education

We set high standards for cancer care – now and for the future.

That is why CARTI is proud to offer accredited training, including our Radiation Therapy Program and our Medical Physics Residency Program.

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, www.jrcert.org/). The program has a full eight-year accreditation with the next review date in 2024 and is licensed by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

School Handbook

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide competent and compassionate entry-level radiation therapists to meet the needs of today’s changing health care community in an educational atmosphere 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. 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 Effectiveness 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 competitive. CARTI is unable to select every applicant due to limitations of program capacity and availability of clinical space.

Program Brochure and Admission Requirements 

Application for Admission Form

For more information or questions concerning the radiation therapy program, please email the CARTI Education Department at Tiffany.Young@CARTI.com or call 501.660.7621 or toll free at 1.855.552.2784 ext. 7621.

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
mail@jrcert.org

MEDICAL PHYSICS 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. The 24-month program is strongly clinical and professional, not didactic. CARTI offers the resident a dynamic clinical learning environment with a vigorous and aggressive adoption of new and proven technology.

Admissions
Pre-Requisite Requirements

Application Process

Number of Residents

New Resident Orientation
Upon entering the program, the resident will be given a residency handbook that covers all resources, opportunities and requirements for successful completion of the CARTI residency program. The program director and all staff physicists will always be available to answer questions and give clarification, should the resident request it. In addition, the resident will be given his/her own CARTI employee manual.

During the two-year residency program, continuing education will be required on a monthly basis. This continuing education is the same as that required of CARTI employees and covers areas such as radiation protection, patient confidentiality, infection control and clinical expectations.

Evaluation of Resident Progress
Residents are monitored throughout the program by the program director. Residents will meet with the program director, as well as the assigned resident mentor, at least once a month. In addition, at the completion of each rotation, the resident will receive written feedback on his/her performance. By the completion of the residency, the physics resident is expected to be able to perform all radiation oncology physics functions.

Financial
The medical physics residency position at CARTI will be a full-time salaried new employee. As such, this position will qualify for the same benefits as any other new employee, including health and dental insurance plans, CARTI holidays, paid time off, 403(b) tax-deferred annuity and retirement plan (the retirement plan is not fully vested for five years). This position also includes paid registration, travel and lodging, and meals to one meeting or workshop, as well as membership dues to one related professional society. Transportation to CARTI sites outside of Little Rock is provided by CARTI, or reimbursed at the current mileage level set by CARTI.

All other financial burdens are the responsibility of the resident, including all travel and living expenses, out-of-pocket health care, books, supplies, uniforms/lab coats, etc.

Training Requirements
For Completion

Clinical Rotations
Sections

Evaluation
The method for evaluating the resident’s performance in each clinical rotation will be determined by the CARTI physics staff. Possible methods for evaluation include:

Program Administration
Role of Program Director

Role of Admissions Committee and Review Board

Review Board Committee Members Include:

Equipment and Facilities
The resident will use all CARTI facilities, with occasional travel to satellite centers. Technology available includes:

The CARTI Cancer Center also has a Varian TrueBeam accelerator with a 6D table used for cranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). TLow dose rate (LDR) prostate implants using I-125 and Pd-103 seeds are performed at the CARTI Cancer Center and Mountain Home at a local, or adjacent hospital. For example, the CARTI Cancer Center implants are performed in the operating room at St. Vincent Infirmary. 

In addition, CARTI/Baptist treats high dose rate (HDR) treatments using Nucletron MicroSelectron v3. HDR is primarily used for gynecological applications and Mammosite breast therapy. Brachytherapy planning utilizes Oncentra for HDR and Variseed planning system for LDR seed implants.

Physics equipment available is extensive, and includes two iba Blue Phantom scanning system systems with micro-diamond, diode and ion chamber detectors, an iba linear diode array (LDA), assorted phantoms and phantom  materials, cylindrical, parallel-plate and well type ionization chambers of various sizes, electrometers and a MOSFET system for in-vivo measurements. 

Additional QA phantoms include a MapCheck2, ArcCheck and Quasar. There is also a Profiler diode array system. Special CT phantoms and a Victoreen Nero mAx radiation output detector are used for CT- simulator QA.

Educational facilities include conference rooms with video teleconferencing at each site. Office space for the resident’s use is provided. There are at present no formal library facilities within the physics department; however, the department purchases necessary and useful textbooks and reference materials and several online subscriptions to journals which are made readily available to department members, including residents. In addition, extensive personal libraries of the department members are available for sharing. The resident will have ready access to the internet and other electronic resources.

Program History:

Contact Bobby Mathews at BMathews@CARTI.com for more information.