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Summary of Proposal for Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke Kunshan University (MPGP-DKU). Fang-Fang Yin, PhD James Dobbins, PhD Nora Bynum, PhD. What is Medical Physics?.

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summary of proposal for medical physics graduate program at duke kunshan university mpgp dku

Summary of Proposal for Medical Physics Graduate ProgramatDuke Kunshan University(MPGP-DKU)

Fang-Fang Yin, PhD

James Dobbins, PhD

Nora Bynum, PhD

what is medical physics
What is Medical Physics?
  • An interdisciplinary, cutting-edge field at the intersection of physics, engineering, and medicine
  • Medical physics provides the key science behind three notable specialties of modern medicine:
    • Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Nuclear Medicine

and contributes substantially to others:

    • Cardiology, Molecular Medicine, …
  • Fulfilling careers in academia, clinical work, industry, government labs

James T. Dobbins III, PhD, FAAPM – Director

Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke

  • Approved by Board of Trustees in 2004; in 9th academic year
  • Balanced MS and PhD training programs
  • 2nd largest graduate program in the U.S.
  • Among the top 3 or 4 programs in quality
  • Draws 50 faculty from 5 departments
  • 59 students in 2013-14; >120 grads; excellent placement
  • Outstanding scholarly output: >400 publications and presentations by students
  • A leader in the national MP educational enterprise

Rationale for Proposed M.S. Degree in Medical Physics at DKU

    • The need for medical physics professionals in China and other Asian countries
      • Growing facilities need scientifically prepared practitioners
      • China alone needs >1500 medical physicists by 2020
    • Opportunities for Duke medical physics faculty
      • Enriching teaching and research experiences/collaborations
    • Advancing best practices via Duke-DKU exchanges
  • Furthering the Duke mission
    • Civic and global engagement
    • Promoting and enhancing Duke brand of academic quality
master of science m s curriculum 40 credit hours 2 years
Master of Science (M.S.) Curriculum40 credit hours; 2 years
  • Emphasize 3 tracks (from existing 4 at Duke)
    • Radiation therapy • Imaging • Nuclear medicine

Class Size, Timing and Location

  • Class size (5-year): 15, 15, 15, 18, 20 per year
  • 1styear Fall: Courses at DKU
  • 1styear Spring: Courses at DKU
  • June to Dec.: Research and courses at Duke
  • 2ndyear Fall: Qualifying exam to graduate (or to move to Duke PhD)
  • 2ndyear Spring: Research and courses at DKU Completing and defending thesis
  • Research work could be done at
    • Duke campus or
    • DKU affiliated hospitals or
    • DKU campus

Teachingand Mentoring: Faculty

  • All faculty members will be Duke Faculty or DKU/Adjunct faculty approved by Duke graduate school
  • All courses will be taught in English
  • Flexible schedule for courses
  • Classroom teaching
  • Locally hired DKU faculty or adjunct faculty
  • Faculty at Durham travelling to DKU (pool of 27 faculty)
  • Faculty at Durham via remote learning tools (Seminar)
  • Co-mentorship for each student:
    • Durham faculty as primary advisor (in Durham or visitation)
    • DKU-faculty or DKU adjunct faculty as co-advisor (at DKU)
    • Quality of research: presented in national or international meetings (ideally write up a manuscript for publication)

Duke Quality and Ethical Standards

  • Academic quality
    • Initial Durham based Director (MPAC selected Fang-Fang Yin)
    • Durham MPAC oversight
    • 3rd semester at Durham with co-mentorship arrangement
    • Duke graduate school re-evaluation after 3 years
  • Ethical and scientific integrity training
    • Mandatory training at beginning of program
  • Research design ethics
    • Duke IRB or IACUC approval for ALL projects involving human subjects or animals
    • Additional required local approvals to meet regulatory and ethics requirements for projects in China or other countries
    • At a MINIMUM, all projects will meet Duke IRB/IACUC standards

Financial Model

  • Major income
    • Tuition (tuition minus scholarships: ~$1.3 million steady state)
  • Major expenses (~$0.8 million steady state)
    • Faculty teaching and administrative effort
    • Administrative staff
    • Operational/office expenses
    • Faculty mentoring and travel – minor
  • Notes on the financial model
    • Financial model prepared with assistance of budget staff in Provost’s office
    • Program covers direct costs including start up by fifth year
    • Contribution to overall DKU expenses built into budget
    • Any surplus from program remains in China; however, Duke bills DKU for all necessary expenses of Durham program, including faculty time
    • DKU and Provost will backstop finances; no negative impact on finances of Durham program