Professional Doctorate Program in Medical Physics

GENERAL INFO

Jay Burmeister, PhD, DABR, FAAPM
Director, Medical Physics Graduate Program
Wayne State University School of Medicine

The professional doctorate program (often called a Doctorate in Medical Physics, or DMP) is designed to include both the coursework and clinical training components of preparation for a career in Radiation Oncology physics.  The program is four years in duration and consists of 60 post baccalaureate graduate course credits, including the required courses, with at least 30 credits at the 7000 level and above.  This coursework includes 12 credits of directed research.  The 60 course credits are taken over the first two years of the program.  During the final two years, students take 30 credits of clinical training which includes full time clinical effort in Radiation Oncology physics equivalent to a traditional Medical Physics Residency.  The entire program therefore consists of 90 graduate credits.  The clinical training component is identical to the accredited Medical Physics Residency program offered through the Karmanos Cancer Center. 

The DMP program in Medical Physics is designed to train graduate students with a background in Physics, Engineering, or related science to become clinical medical physicists practicing in Radiation Oncology.  Our objectives are to remain one of the top medical physics educational programs in North America, to produce leaders and innovators in the advancement of the technical aspects of medical care, and to place our graduates in high quality positions in the health care profession.  In doing so, our ultimate goal is to improve the overall quality of care in Radiation Oncology.

PREREQUISITES

In addition to the prerequisites for the Master's program:

  1. Graduate Record Examination: Subject Test in Physics (recommended).

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

All the required M.S. courses, plus:

ROC 7170 Professional Aspects of Medical Physics (2 credits)
ROC 7990 Directed Study (5 credits)
ROC 8990 Special Problems in Radiation Biophysics (7 credits)
ROC 9996-9
 
Radiation Oncology Physics Clinical Rotations (30 credits)
 

plus additional didactic coursework to meet credit requirements.

SAMPLE ELECTIVE COURSEWORK

BA 6000          Introduction to Accounting and Financial Reporting (2 credits)
BA 6010          Basics of Business Economics (2 credits)
BA 6020          Contemporary Principles of Management (2 credits)
BA 6025          Basics of Production/Operations Management (2 credits)
BA 7040          Managing Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
BME 5010      Quantitative Physiology (4 credits)
BME 5020      Computer and Mathematical Applications in Biomed Eng (4 credits)
BME 5310      Device and Drug Approval and the FDA (3 credits)
BME 5995      Biomedical Imaging (1-4 credits)
BME 7710      Magnetic Resonance Imaging (4 credits)
BMS 6010       Biostatistics I (4 credits)
BMS 6020       Biostatistics II (3 credits)
BMS 6010       Responsible Conduct in Biomedical Research (1 credit)
BMS 7100       Introduction to the Business of Biotechnology (3 credits)
CB 7130          Clinical Aspects of Cancer Biology (1 credit)
CB 7210          Fundamentals of Cancer Biology (3 credits)
CB 7300          Special Topics in Cancer Biology (3 credits)
CSC 5050        Algorithms and Data Structure (4 credits)
CSC 5250        Network, Distributed, and Concurrent Programming (3 credits)
CSC 5800        Intelligent Systems: Algorithms and Tools (3 credits)
CSC 6710        Database Management Systems I (3 credits)
CSC 6860        Digital Image Processing and Analysis (3 credits)
EDP 6210        Foundations of Educational Psychology (3 credits)
MATH 5030   Statistical Computing and Data Analysis (3 credits)
MATH 5700   Introduction to Probability Theory (4 credits)
MATH 5870   Methods of Optimization (3 credits)
MBG 7090      Scientific Communication I (2 credits)
MBG 7091      Scientific Communication II (2 credits)
MGT 7815      Strategic Leadership (3 credits)
MGT 7900      Project Management (3 credits)
PHY 5750       Biological Physics (4 credits)
PHY 6800       Modern Physics (3 credits)
PHY 6810       Modern Physics (3 credits)
PHY 7070       Survey of Nuclear Physics (3 credits)
PHY 6860       Computational Physics I (3 credits)
PHY 6870       Computational Physics II (3 credits)
PHY 7050       Elementary Solid State Physics (3 credits)
PHY 7060       Survey of Elementary Particle Physics (3 credits)
PHY 7550       Solid State Physics I (3 credits)