of 2014, the American Board of Radiology is requiring two years of supervised
clinical experience prior to entry into a medical physicist’s board
meet this requisite, Howard Elson, PhD, professor and director of graduate
education for the UC College of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology,
has revamped UC’s medical physics master’s program to provide students with this
experience, eliminating the need for graduates to find a separate medical
physics residency program.
revised program will begin Aug. 25 with three new students, who will then go on
to work at the UC Barrett Cancer Center to complete their third and fourth
years of training.
program is only the second of its kind in the country—the other is at
says medical physicists collaborate with radiation oncologists to design
treatment plans for cancer patients, monitor equipment and procedures to ensure
that patients receive the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct location
and develop improved imaging and therapeutic techniques.
specialists bridge the gap between physics and medicine and as the medical
community embraces more radiation-based techniques in health care, the need for
highly skilled medical physicists is growing so training programs must begin
growing to fill the need,” he says. "This program provides four years of
education with guaranteed clinic time, as opposed to other programs that require
separate residencies, which are sparse, and with the high demand, many students
are unable to secure spots, delaying their transition into the workforce.”
says accreditation for the program is being sought, with hopes of gaining it
information about the medical physics program can be found here.