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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 (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

    • 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