Medical Physics What, why and how?
Overview • Overview of Medical Physics • Educational Options • Career Opportunities
What is Medical Physics? Primarily, Medical Physics is divided into four areas: • Radiation Therapy Physics • Diagnostic Radiology Physics • Nuclear Medicine • Radiation Safety and Health Physics
Health Physics Protecting the public from radiation What is the hot topic in Health Physics? Terrorist Attack
Undergraduate Major in Physics With a Concentration in Medical Physics P314 A Physics Minor or Some useful classes
Thinking about Medical Physics? Think about enrolling in: Physics P314 Prerequisite P201 with P202 strongly recommended P221 and P222 satisfy the prerequisite. Medical Physics is the application of physics to medicine. P314 – Introduction to Medical Physics – A survey of the field of Medical Physics including - ● radiation biology ● oncology physics ● imaging science ● therapy technology Instructor: Dr. Susan Klein Biophysicist and Medical Physicist Department of Physics Department of Radiation Oncology
Thinking about Medical Physics? Think about enrolling in: Anatomy A480/580* *580 for Graduate Students *480 for Undergraduate Students (seniors) Medical Physics is the application of physics to medicine. A480/580 - Human Anatomy for Medical Imaging - A digital imaging-intensive study that substitutes for the 1 yr sequence: Anatomy A215* and Physiology P215* *This is a prerequisite for all graduate and residency programs in Medical Physics. Instructor: Dr. Valarie O’Loughlin Director of Undergraduate Studies Medical Sciences
Thinking about Medical Physics? Think about enrolling in: P371 *AKA: HSCI 312 Prerequisite P221 and P222. Medical Physics is the application of physics to medicine. P371 – Fundamentals of Radiation Science – A rigorous calculus-based introduction to the mathematics, physics and chemistry required for graduate work in Medical Physics. ● radiation biology ● oncology physics ● nuclear physics ● health physics Instructor: Dr. Ulrike Dydak Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physicist Purdue University School of Health Sciences
Thinking about Medical Physics? Think about enrolling in: P472/572 *500 for Graduate Students; 3 credit hours *400 for Undergraduate Students (seniors); 4 credit hours Medical Physics is the application of physics to medicine. P472/572 - Radiation Oncology Physics - A rigorous, calculus-based course in therapy medical physics - Instructor: Dr. Colleen DesRosiers Associate Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology Indiana University School of Medicine Past President of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
Purdue University &Indiana University • Purdue School of Health Sciences within the College of Human and Health Sciences • Diagnostic Imaging Physics • Nuclear Medicine • Health Physics • Indiana University School of Medicine • Radiation Therapy Physics • Residency Program
Employment Opportunities In Radiation Therapy Physics
Careers in Medical Physics • At the Bachelor’s degree level • Medical Physics Assistant • Technician/Dosimetrist • At the Master’s degree level • Clinical physicist • Research technologist • Health Physicist • At the Doctoral level • Clinical physicist • Academic medical physicist • Researcher
Summary • Medical Physics is the application of physics to medicine and biology • The path into medical physics/health physics is through an undergraduate physics degree • Opportunities for employment exist at every degree level.
Contact Information • American Association of Physicists in Medicine (aapm.org) • http://applied.physics.indiana.edu • firstname.lastname@example.org