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Wayne State University

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School of Medicine

Professional Doctorate Program in Medical Physics

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Jay Burmeister, Ph.D., DABR
Director, Medical Physics Graduate Program
Wayne State University School of Medicine

GENERAL INFO

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