Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
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Medical Physics Graduate Program

For Steve Avery and Richard Maughan

Medical Physics Graduate Program

The Medical Physics Graduate Program is a partnership among the departments of Radiation Oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine; the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Bioengineering in the school of Engineering and Applied Science. The Masters and Certificate programs are fully accredited by CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs).

PhD in Physics

Students interested in pursuing a PhD in physics who express a research interest in innovative concepts of physics in medicine can apply to the Doctor of Philosophy program in the department of Physics & Astronomy. These students will receive the necessary mentoring and coursework to complete their dissertation following the guidelines of the department of Physics & Astronomy in the School of Arts & Sciences. In addition, PhD recipients will have completed the requirements to apply for medical physics residency programs. Our eventual goal is to apply for accreditation of this PhD degree with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).

Masters of Medical Physics

The rigorous medical physics training in the Masters of Medical Physics program includes essential graduate physics, biology, and medical physics courses that balance classroom, laboratory, clinical and research experiences. The Masters of Medical Physics program at Penn takes medical physics training one step further by focusing on improving communication skills, ethics, and sense of responsibility in both clinical and research settings to promote the highest possible standards of patient care.

Students can choose a subspecialty of medical physics to be their focus in the Masters of Medical Physics program:

  • Radiation oncology
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Medical health physics

Medical Physics Certificate Program

The University of Pennsylvania’s Certificate Program in Medical Physics offers a pathway for individuals who have earned a Ph.D. in physics or a related field (e.g., engineering, computer science, or physical chemistry with a strong physics minor) to enter a CAMPEP-accredited residency program in medical physics. Penn’s CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Certificate Program will offer participants a curriculum based on the recommendations of AAPM report #197S. Coursework will include radiological physics, radiation protection, medical imaging, medical ethics/government regulation, anatomy and physiology, radiobiology, and the physics of radiation therapy. Students will complete a total of 6 CUs (18 semester hours) over the course of two semesters.

 



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