Medical Physics Graduate Program students are engaged in both clinical and research aspects of medical physics through the University of Pennsylvania Health System's state-of-the-art medical imaging and therapy facilities.
The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM) is an outpatient facility designed to create an ideal environment for patient-focused care and collaboration among healthcare professionals and home to the Department of Radiation Oncology. Clinical opportunities at PCAM include the full-semester clinical practicum experience, paid work to perform quality assurance measurements on patient plans being treated on traditional linear accelerators, and preparation and presentation of treatment plans at department chart rounds.
Students get valuable hands-on clinical experience at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, the largest and most advanced facility in the world for proton therapy.
In addition to clinical and research opportunities available throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Medical Physics Graduate Programs work in collaboration with a variety of hospitals to offer our students additional practicum experiences and hands-on medical physics training. Our partner facilities include 21st Century Oncology (Florida), Cooper Health System (Philadelphia area), and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center (Philadelphia).
Students have the opportunity to do research with faculty from the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Radiology through our interdisciplinary curriculum.
Students fully participate in Perelman School of Medicine educational activities such as the Department of Radiation Oncology Physics Division Lecture Series, Radiation Oncology Invited Speaker Seminar Series, and Radiobiology and Imaging Program Seminar Series .
The Medical Physics Graduate Program works hard to make you competitive for the Medical Physics Matching Program (MedPhys Match) process. We have one of the highest residency placement rates in the country.
MSMP graduates have the opportunity to compete for preferentially awarded positions in our CAMPEP-accredited Penn Medical Physics residency program in the University of Pennsylvania Health System. It is a comprehensive two-year program (with one three-year position available) designed to educate and train physicists in all aspects of modern radiation oncology physics. The residency provides didactic instruction in medical physics, anatomy and radiation biology, and clinical experience in a wide spectrum of clinical physics problems, as well as preparation for the American Board of Radiology certification exams.
The MPGP Student Room is a dedicated space for study and meetings, conveniently located in PCAM near classrooms and the clinic.