Why is Stage 1 called a Boot Camp?
Stage 1 is very intensive training similar to military boot
camp. Students are very extensively trained with a repeating pattern
which has proven to be very successful.
How long is Stage 1?
Stage 1 is 4 weeks long with lectures varying from 3 hrs –
10 hrs per day. Assignments and hands on practice will vary from 3 hrs
– 10 hrs per day. Group study sessions frequently occur in the
evenings and on weekends.
Are there exams during the Boot Camp?
Yes. There are 3 written exams and 1 cumulative Oral Examination.
All students must pass the oral examination. There are no grades. Students
either meet criteria and pass or they fail.
Should the Facility have a Medical Physicist and Radiation
Oncologist for oversight?
Yes. A certified medical physicist is desired. In the event
that the facility does not have full time physics support, arrangements
can be made with GPS to provide an auditing / oversight type role. The
facility’s radiation oncologist should play an active and supportive
role in the growth of the student during this rotation cycle.
What type of project work is required during Stage 2?
Stage 2 is the clinical rotation cycle lasting 11 months. Didactic
work to include labs, case presentations, case reports, literature review,
journal review, and case comparisons are examples of work that will
Where do the students stay during Stage 1?
Stage 1 is 4 weeks long. Lodging is available at a variety
of sites and price ranges. The Administrative Assistant for GPS can provide
you with a listing of housing options during this time period.
Are there hands-on exercises during Stage 1?
Yes. Students will be required to demonstrate hands on competency
in areas of CT Simulation and Treatment Planning.
What responsibilities do facilities have?
Facility responsibilities are outlined in the Memorandum of