History of the Program
The Wayne State University MS Medical Physics program dates back over 40 years. In the 1970's, under the direction of Dr. Ken Corrigan and later Jack Krohmer, the program was operated through the Department of Radiology. Upon the retirement of Dr. Krohmer in 1984, the program moved primarily to the Department of Radiation Oncology under the direction of Dr. Colin Orton. Between 1980 and 1992, the number of classroom teaching hours offered per year increased threefold, from 180 to 540. Following the retirement of Dr. Orton in 2003, Dr. Jay Burmeister assumed direction of the graduate programs. In 2005, enrollment had reached its peak with more than 40 students enrolled in the MS and PhD Programs combined.
The MS program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Graduate Programs in 1988 and has been fully reaccredited for the maximum term in each cycle since then. To date, over 300 students have graduated from the MS Program. The PhD program was approved by the University in 1986. The program was first accredited by CAMPEP in 1988 and subsequently fully accredited for the maximum term in each cycle since then. To date, 38 students have graduated from the PhD program. A Graduate Certificate program was approved by the University in December 2012 and received CAMPEP accreditation in March 2013. The first students were accepted into the program in 2013 and, to date, 9 students have graduated from this program. A Professional Doctorate (DMP) Program was developed and approved by the University in 2015, and subsequently accredited by CAMPEP in 2018. As we move forward, we continue to survey our graduates, their residency directors, and their employers and use this feedback to improve our program and to elevate our students' level of preparedness upon graduation.