Columbia Imaging Physics CAMPEP Residency Program

Sachin Jambawalikar, PhD
Program Director

The Department of Radiology offers a CAMPEP approved Imaging Physics training program. The objective of the residency program is to provide clinical training to prepare graduates for a rewarding and challenging career 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. Graduates should be able to pass the remainder of the ABR board certification after the completion of the program.

One resident is accepted into the program each year and starts on or around July 1st. The duration of the residency is 2-3 years depending on the qualification of the candidate. Columbia offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.

Application Information


  • Candidates should possess a Doctoral or Master’s degree in medical physics, physics, or engineering.
  • Graduates from a CAMPEP-approved medical physics graduate program and those who have successfully passed Part 1 of the ABR Medical Physics examination are preferred.
  • Applicants must satisfy CAMPEP didactic requirements prior to beginning the residency.

How to Apply

For consideration, please apply online through the AAPM MP-RAP service. The Columbia imaging physics residency participates in the medical physics matching program.

Please be advised that at this time the program cannot offer non-immigrant visas.



Columbia University Medical Center consists of a main campus with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, a 1300-beds hospital located in northern Manhattan, and a number of satellite medical offices. As of January 2016, the imaging equipment includes 12 MRI units, 10 CT scanners, 4 PET/CT scanners, 6 gamma cameras, 2 SPECT/CT unit, 19 special procedures suites, 8 fluoroscopy units, 25 fixed radiographs rooms, 9 digital mammography units, more than 35 mobile radiographic units, more than 40 mobiles fluoroscopy units, and more than 30 ultrasound units. ACR Accreditation is maintained for mammography, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and CT. With older equipment constantly being replaced, facilities being modernized, and with the prospect of additional sites being opened, graduates will have the opportunity to experience the whole range of diagnostic medical physics activities as well as learn across all modalities on units from a large spectrum of manufacturers.

Resident Information

The Imaging physics CAMPEP residency program was approved in 2013 and our first resident joined the program on July 1, 2014. The site visit on September 28, 2015 resulted in the continuation of the accreditation (reaccreditation) through December 31, 2018.

Current Residents

  • Tiffany Lin, MS
  • Shirong Zhang, MS


  2016 2015 2014
Number of applicants 44 70 32
Number of applicants accepted 1 1 1
Number graduating 1 0 0
Number ABR certified 0 0 0
Placement information for graduates n/a n/a n/a