Columbia Imaging Physics CAMPEP Residency Program

The Department of Radiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) offers a CAMPEP approved Imaging Physics Residency Program. The program utilizes the AAPM Medical Physics Residency Application Program (MP-RAP) for admission and participates in the Medical Physics National Matching Services (NMS). Accepted residents usually start around July 1st and the duration of the program is 2 years. The objective of the residency program is to provide clinical training to prepare graduates for a rewarding and challenging career as a medical physicist in radiological imaging physics. The program provides full-time training, under the direction of experienced diagnostic imaging physicists whose duties include patient care, acceptance testing, shielding design, QA compliance, ACR accreditation survey, medical research, and medical education. Training in diagnostic imaging modalities (general X-ray, fluoroscopy, angiography, mammography, ultrasound, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, PET, and informatics) will be provided, along with research and teaching opportunities. Furthermore, it is desired that the graduates will able to pass the remainder of the ABR board certification after the completion of the program.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center includes more than 1,800 physicians supporting more than 2400 certified beds. The Columbia University Imaging Physics Residency is a part of CUIMC's Department of Radiology – Physics. Currently, there are 6 physicists in diagnostic radiology and 1 in nuclear medicine responsible for quality control (QC) testing and regulatory compliance of imaging equipment throughout the medical center. QC testing of imaging equipment includes radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine imagers, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, and primary diagnostic monitors (PDM). ACR Accreditation is maintained for mammography, MRI, ultrasound and CT. Most of the equipment and facilities were recently modernized and with the prospect of additional facilities being opened, graduates will have the opportunity to experience the whole range of diagnostic medical physics activities.

Columbia offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. For consideration, please apply on-line through the AAPM MP-RAP service: http://www.aapm.org/CAP. Applicants must satisfy CAMPEP didactic requirements prior to beginning the residency. Please be advised that at this time, the program cannot offer non-immigrant visas. Questions about the program may be directed to the Program Director Sachin Jambawalikar, Ph.D.: 212-305-5005, sj2532@columbia.edu.

Program History

The Imaging physics CAMPEP residency program was approved in 2013 and our first resident joined the program on July 1st 2014.

Admissions Standards for Incoming Residents

Residents admitted to the Imaging Physics residency program are expected to have:

This is to ensure that only those residents having potential to complete the program in two years will be admitted. Graduates of a medical physics certificate program will also be considered for admission if the certificate program is accredited by CAMPEP. Candidates who have successfully passed Part 1 of the ABR Medical Physics examination are preferred.

Compensation and benefits

The annual compensation for the residency position will be $50,000. The initial appointment will be for one year, which is renewable up to a total period of two years. As a full-time Associate in Radiology at CUIMC, residents will be eligible to participate in the generous benefits package offered by Columbia University. Details of the benefits package can be viewed at: http://www.hr.columbia.edu/hr/benefits/page-section.html. Funding will also be provided to cover AAPM Resident Membership fees. Residents whose abstract, poster, or presentation have been accepted at national meetings and conferences will receive up to $1000 per year in funding for travel to these meetings.

Faculty

Sachin Jambawalikar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Physics) of Radiology at CUIMC
Chief of Medical Physics
CAMPEP Program Director
Specialty: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Physics

Education:
Highest Degree: Ph.D., 2005, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Certification:
American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiological Physics, 2010
American Board of Medical Physics in MRI, 2008
NYS License in Diagnostic Medical Physics

Contact Information:
Address: MHB 3- 124B, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 212-305-5005
Email: sj2532@cumc.columbia.edu



Klaus A. Hamacher, Ph.D., M.S.E.E.
Associate Professor (Physics) of Radiology at CUIMC
Chief Nuclear Medicine Physics
Specialty: Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Medical Physics

Education:
Highest Degree: Ph.D., 1998, University of Missouri – Columbia, Columbia, MO

Certification:
American Board of Radiology in Nuclear Medicine Physics, 2004
American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiological Physics, 2004
NYS License in Medical Nuclear Physics
NYS License in Diagnostic Medical Physics

Contact Information:
Address: MHB 3-265B, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 212-342-3589
Email: kah2212@cumc.columbia.edu



Michael Zenkay Liu, M.S.
Associate in Clinical Radiology (Physics)
Associate CAMPEP Program Director
Specialty: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Physics

Education:
Highest Degree: M.S., 2013, Columbia University, New York, NY

Certification:
American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiological Physics, 2017
American Board of Medical Physics in MRI, 2016
NYS License in Diagnostic Medical Physics

Contact Information:
Address: MHB B-341, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 646-317-5343
Email: mzl2104@cumc.columbia.edu



Boyu Peng. M.S.
Associate in Clinical Radiology (Physics)
Specialty: Diagnostic Medical Physics


Education:
Highest Degree: M.S., 2014 Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Certification:
American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiological Physics, 2019
NYS License in Diagnostic Medical Physics

Contact Information:
Address: MHB B-341, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 646-317-3011
Email: bp2517@cumc.columbia.edu



Tiffany Lin, M.S.
Associate in Clinical Radiology (Physics)
Associate CAMPEP Program Director
Specialty: Diagnostic Medical Physics

Education:
Highest Degree: M.S., 2014, Columbia University, New York, NY

Certification:
American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiological Physics, 2019
NYS License in Diagnostic Medical Physics

Contact Information:
Address: MHB 3-265B, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 212-305-9020
Email: tl2570@cumc.columbia.edu



Peter Caracappa, PhD, CHP
Chief Radiation Safety Officer
Executive Director of Radiation Safety Programs
Adjunct Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at CU

Education:
Highest Degree: PhD., 2006, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Certification:
American Board of Health Physics, 2005
NYS License in Intern Engineering, 2002

Contact Information:
Address: Georgian Building Rm 262, 617 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032 Telephone: 212-305-0303
Email: pc2837@cumc.columbia.edu



Benjamin Navot, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Education:
Highest Degree: M.D., 2012, New York University, New York, NY

Certification:
American Board of Radiology, 2018

Contact Information:
Telephone: 212-305-9222
Email: bn2290@cumc.columbia.edu



Imani Dean
CAMPEP Program Administrative Assistant

Contact Information:
Telephone: 646-317-5743
Email: id2276@cumc.columbia.edu



Residents

Yu-Cheng Liu M.S.
(Joined July 2019)

Contact Information:
Address: MHB 3-265B, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 212-317-2127
Email: yl3830@cumc.columbia.edu



Priyanka, M.S.
(Joined July 2020)

Contact Information:
Address: MHB 3-265B, 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 646-317-2127
Email: pc2951@cumc.columbia.edu



Student and graduate achievements:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Number of applicants 40 31 36 28 37 44 70 32
Number of applicants accepted 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Number graduating 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Number ABMP Certified 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Number ABR Certified 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Post Graduate Destination - Clinical Position 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Post Graduate Destination - Academic Position 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0




Last Updated 10/13/2017