I'm have a PhD in Nuclear Engineering, and all of my research has been on the radiological health and dosimetry side. I am interested in a career in Medical Physics and plan to apply to several residencies this upcoming year. I am currently working at a research laboratory, and although the work is semi-interesting, I don't get much fulfillment because I am not able to see the benefits of my work. I want to go into a career where I can see the fruits of my labor first-hand, and I have always been interested in Medical Physics, so I'm planning on applying for several CAMPEP residencies. Having read the majority of the Medical Physics threads on this forum (including the 14 pg one that was closed ), I see that there are mixed feelings on the job market. Some say it's OK, some say it's horrible. All pretty much agree that it is slower than it was 5 years ago (but that's the case with all job markets). Also, I have heard mixed opinions on applying for a residency with a PhD in an areas besides MP. I have contacted residencies to see if I am a eligible candidate, and they ask me to apply because I am definitely qualified, but then I see some people here saying that your chances aren't that good if you don't have a PhD in MP. Saying all that, I have a basic list of concerns, and I'm wondering if some of the MP folks on here could give me their advice: 1. I'm worried that I may be leaving my current job as a research scientist paying about $90k for a job in MP that doesn't exist (this fear is due to the shoddy job market in MP that I has come up several times). Also, it just never feels comfortable walking away from something you have (a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush). 2. I'm worried that by asking my current boss to write several recommendation letters, I may make things a bit awkward at work for the time period from application to hearing back from the residencies. If I don't get into a residency, I don't know if things will be "the same" as work considering my boss knows that I was willing to leave my current job for something else. 3. Finally, I'm a worried that if I don't give Medical Physics a shot, I will regret not taking the chance. (My mind cycles through these 3 worries 1->2->3->1 ...) Also I have a few questions: 1. Are there any statistics for CAMPEP residency acceptance rates available? 2. Are there any statistics for residency job placement rates upon completion of a CAMPEP residency? 3. Based on my background, what do you think my chances are of getting into a residency? About me Age - 27 Degree - PhD Nuclear Engineering Research - 7 papers published in peer reviewed journals Thank you for taking the time to read this and respond. Your input is much appreciated.