The program is overseen by the Program Director, Program Coordinator, and Physics Residency Program Education Committee. The committee consists of physicist, a physician, and dosimetrist representatives. The committee meets twice a year to discuss major changes to the program.
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego
Graduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI
Dr. Schubert is the Director of the Medical Physics Residency Program, having been involved in the program since its inception and has successfully led it through accreditation since. Dr. Schubert joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2012. She received her PhD in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2009, where her research was focused on image guided radiotherapy. Following graduation, she joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she was involved in treatment planning systems, external beam, brachytherapy, and teaching in the medical physics residency program and the radiation therapist training program. At the University of Colorado, Dr. Schubert’s clinical responsibilities include external beam physics coverage, Tomotherapy Hi-Art II machine and planning coverage, HDR brachytherapy for standard and complex cases, and eye plaque LDR brachytherapy. She serves as Physics Chair of the department’s active Quality Safety and Operations Committee. Dr. Schubert is active in numerous national societies, including AAPM, SDAMPP, ABR, and ACR, serving on committees that are focused on patient safety and resident education. Dr. Schubert’s research interests include patient safety, quality improvement, and innovations in resident education.
What do you like to do outside of work? I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Growing up in Alaska probably instilled this in me. When I moved to Colorado, I quickly realized that I would never become bored in this state due to large amount of easily accessible outdoor opportunities. My family and I love exploring Colorado, camping in the numerous national forests and exploring various trails. When in the city, Denver is a great place for live music and excellent restaurants. We also love to travel, ranging from road tripping to nearby national parks and interesting areas or farther abroad internationally.
What do you think are the strengths of the residency program here? I think that a training program is only as good as the people doing the training. We have an incredibly strong, well-functioning team of physicists. This allows the resident to benefit from a great learning environment. The physicists are invested in the resident’s learning and are genuinely interested in helping the resident succeed. Additionally, we are known for being a thorough, organized program. The quality of our treatment planning training is particularly noteworthy. Residents come out of our training extremely well prepared and well supported for the next steps of their careers.What do you like best about working here? The faculty and staff in this department are impressive and are great at their jobs. This includes physicists, physicians, dosimetrists, therapists, and administrative staff. The different staffing groups work exceedingly well together and the collegial atmosphere is second to none. Not only is this important for quality and safety, but residents hugely benefit from such a positive dynamic. This is especially important because our program emphasizes multi-disciplinary learning and broader involvement in the department.
Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergraduate: Colorado State University
Alyssa Aguilar joined the Medical Physics Residency Program as Program Coordinator in the summer of 2020. Before coming to the Department of Radiation Oncology, Alyssa served as an Administrative Assistant to one of the Special Education Programs within Littleton Public Schools, where she organized and ran student events and activities. As Program Coordinator, Alyssa assists in running all aspects of the Medical Physics Residency Program. Alyssa also acts as one of the department’s many administrative assistants, helping to coordinate all parts of the department’s business logistics.
What do you like to do outside of work? I love spending time with my fiancé and dogs! I enjoy taking the dogs to their favorite places, traveling, and cooking! I also really love finding and trying new food places around Colorado, that’s where I can usually be found!
What do you think the strengths of the residency program are? Our program’s strengths come from the pillars on which we’ve built it: our structure, our team, and our hands-on approach to teaching. We have a lot to teach our residents in the short time they’re here, all with the goal of ensuring they graduate as full-fledged, independent medical physicists. There’s only one way to accomplish that: having a well-organized training program, a team of teachers that deeply care for their craft and passing it on, and opportunities for residents to be a part of our awesome team!
What do you like best about working here? The people! Our physicists and extended Radiation Oncology team are always helpful and friendly! Everyone works together to support one another and provide the best care and education!