Medical Physics

What is Medical Physics

Medical physics is a branch of physics concerned with the application of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. This includes activities in the treatment of cancer by ionizing radiation (radiation oncology), in diagnostic imaging, such as x-ray radiography and CT scanning, ultrasound, nuclear magnetic resonance (MRI), and in nuclear and biomolecular/radionuclide imaging. Additionally, medical physicists are involved in the study of the biological impact of ionizing radiation on the body and in radiation protection and safety (health physics).

 

M.S. in Medical Physics at OSU

The OSU Department of Physics offers a CAMPEP-accredited Masters Degree in Physics with an option in Medical Physics. This degree provides interdisciplinary training in the areas of diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy physics, and health physics. Objectives of the M.S. degree program are to provide the necessary course work, research opportunities, and introductions to clinical work to prepare a student to pursue a career as a medical physicist.

 

Medical Physics LabMedical Physics studies at OSU consist of three core components:

 

In addition to course work and research students have the opportunity to learn about the clinical environment through research projects and clinical rotations conducted at local hospitals and treatment centers such as St. John Medical Center in Tulsa and the ProCure proton therapy center in Oklahoma City.

 

Upon completing an M.S. degree with an option in Medical Physics, students will receive a certificate indicating their completion of a degree from a CAMPEP accredited program. Graduates from the OSU medical physics masters program will be prepared to enter a clinical medical physics residency, to work as a junior medical physicist under the direction of a certified medical physicist, or to pursue further education in a Medical Physics PhD program.

 

Statistics on Applications, Enrollments and Graduations (M.S. Program in Medical Physics)

 


Applicants

Students Offered
Admission

Students
Enrolled


Graduated

2010-2011

1

1

1

0

2011-2012

4

4

5

1

2012-2013

3

1

5(1)

3

2013-2014

13

2

3

1

2014-2015

33

4

3

2

2015-2016

10

3

3(1)

0

2016-2017

11

2

5(3)

0

2017-2018

17

6

8(6)

 

Note: Students offered admission includes existing PhD students newly enrolled in the M.S. Program in Medical Physics. (#) represents the number of students simultaneously enrolled in the PhD program in Physics.

 

Our CAMPEP medical physics program is relatively young and the statistics are for our medical physics program (M.S.) graduates only. However, we have a historically long and strong radiation physics program (Landauer's core dosimeter technology is from OSU radiation physics group) and the majority of our alumni (including both radiation and medical physics) work as medical physicists in different cancer hospitals, medical physics consulting companies (such as Landuaer Medical Physics Consulting) and also as medical physics professors at institutions such as MD Anderson Cancer Center and University of Maryland Medical Center.

 

Statistics on Initial Placement of Graduated Students (M.S. Program in Medical Physics)

 



Residency



Clinical

Another
Degree
Program


Industry /
Government


Other
Activities

2011-2012

-

1

-

-

-

2012-2013

1

2

-

-

-

2013-2014

-

1

-

-

-

2014-2015

-

1

1

-

-

2015-2016

-

-

-

-

-

2016-2017

-

-

-

-

-

 

Ph.D. in Physics at OSU

The OSU Department of Physics offers a Ph.D. Degree in Physics with focus in Medical Physics. Our Ph.D. Degree Program is not yet CAMPEP accredited, however, we perform active Medical Physics research (Radiation Physics, Imaging Physics, and Nuclear Medicine research) and provide medical physics didactic course work and clinical trainings for Ph.D. students. Many graduates from our M.S. and Ph.D. programs are successful leaders as academic and clinical medical physicists at different institutions including MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Maryland Medical Center and many other local hospitals.

 

Research Colaborations

The OSU Department of Physics has much expertise in proton and heavy ion therapies and has long-term research collaborations with institutions such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Procure Proton Treatment Center and Landauer, Inc. Many of our graduates joined these institutions for another medical physics degree, residency, post-doctoral fellowships and also as medical physicists.