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Professional Doctorate in Medical Physics

Medical Physics

Medical Physics is an applied branch of physics devoted to the application of concepts and methods from physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Medical physicists are concerned with three primary areas of activity: clinical service and consultation, research and development, and teaching. Clinically, medical physicists are called upon to contribute scientific advice and resources to solve physical problems arising in radiological medical physics. Medical physics research typically involves the development of new instrumentation and technology, the development of new medical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and tests using existing technologies. Historically, this type of activity has been primarily in radiological imaging and radiation oncology, but now has a growing breadth of involvement throughout medicine.

Many medical physicists not only provide clinical service but also have faculty appointments at universities and colleges and are responsible for teaching future medical physicists, resident physicians, medical students and hospital technical staff.

Vanderbilt University offers a 4 year Professional Doctorate in Medical Physics (DMP) with a specialty in Radiological Medical Physics. The CAMPEP-Accredited Vanderbilt DMP Program offers both therapy and diagnostic physics tracks. At Vanderbilt, the DMP in Medical Physics Degree will not provide the research credentials necessary for a research PhD degree.

This interdisciplinary program is administered through the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology and Radiological Sciences in the School of Medicine, and involves faculty and courses from:

 

Student Progress Data

 

In accordance to CAMPEP policy, the Vanderbilt Medical Physics Program is disclosing the specific numerical data concerning our Program and students.

The data below reflects student numbers during the calendar year 2012 (January 1st, 2012 to December 31st, 2012). Please realize that in the 2012 calendar year, Vanderbilt offered admission to two separate programs of study:

  • MS Medical Physics Degree
  • DMP Medical Physics Degree (Professional Doctorate)

The data is further broken down into the Therapy Physics Track and the Diagnostic Physics Track (see below).

1. Number of students applying for Admission, Fall Term 2012:

Total: 27 students  
  7 students for MS
  20 students for DMP

2. Number of students accepted for Admission, Fall Term 2012:

Total: 7 students    
  2 students MS 1 Therapy, 1 Diagnostic
  5 students DMP 4 Therapy, 1 Diagnostic

3. Number of students graduating (including both May and August graduation dates) for 2012:

Total: 6 students    
  2 students MS 2 Therapy, 0 Diagnostic
  4 students DMP 4 Therapy, 0 Diagnostic

4. Number of students entering the ABR Certification Process in 2012:

Total: 7 students    
  2 students MS 2 Therapy, 0 Diagnostic
  5 students DMP 4 Therapy, 1 Diagnostic
Number of students completing the ABR Certification Process in 2012:
Total of 7

5. Positions taken by graduating students in 2012:

Total: 6 students  
  4 DMP students entering clinical practice (Radiation Therapy)
  2 MS students entering CAMPEP-Accredited residencies (Radiation Therapy)

The data below reflects student numbers during the calendar year 2013 (January 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013).

Note: In the 2013 calendar year, Vanderbilt offered admission to the DMP Physics Degree (Professional Doctorate) only.

The data is broken down into the Therapy Physics Track and Diagnostic Physics Track (see below).

1. Number of students applying for Admission, Fall Term 2013:

Total: 22 students  
  18 students Therapy
  4 students Diagnostic

2. Number of student offers made for Admission, Fall Term 2013:

Total: 8 students  
  6 students Therapy
  2 students Diagnostic

3. Number of students accepting offer and enrolled for Admission, Fall Term 2013:

Total: 5 students  
  4 students Therapy
  1 students Diagnostic

4. Total number of students in the Vanderbilt Medical Physics Program for Fall 2013:

Total: 21 students    
  16 students Therapy 16 DMP, 0 MS
  5 students Diagnostic 4 DMP, 1 MS

5. Number of students graduating (including both May and August graduation dates) for 2013:

Total: 6 students    
  4 students DMP 4 Therapy, 0 Diagnostic
  2 students MS 1 Therapy, 1 Diagnostic

6. Number of students entering the ABR Certification Process in August, 2013:

Total: 12 students    
  9 students DMP 8 Therapy, 1 Diagnostic
  3 students MS 1 Therapy, 2 Diagnostic

7. Number of Vanderbilt graduates and exam results of the ABR Certification Process in 2013:

Total: 16 students  PART III  
    4 students DMP   4 Therapy, 0 Diagnostic
  12 students MS 11 Therapy, 1 Diagnostic
Grand Totals:
16 students
13 pass
 2 fail
 1 condition
 
Total: 6 students   PART II  
  5 students DMP   5 Therapy, 0 Diagnostic  
  1 students MS 1 Therapy, 0 Diagnostic
Grand Totals:
6 students
6 pass
0 fail
 

 

Total: 13 students PART I  
  10 students DMP 8 Therapy, 2 Diagnostic  
    3 students MS 2 Therapy, 1 Diagnostic
Grand Totals:
13 students
12 pass
  1 fail
 

8. Positions taken by graduating students:

Total: 6 students  
  1 MS Therapy student entered CAMPEP-Accredited Residency
  1 MS Diagnostic student (Diagnostic Physics) entered a CAMPEP-Accredited Medical Physics Residency
  4 DMP students entered clinical practice (Radiation Therapy)

 

Who to Contact

For more information please write or call:

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Professional Doctorate in Medical Physics Program
Charles W. Coffey, II, PhD.
Program Director
2220 Pierce Avenue
Preston Research Building
Basement Room B-1003
Nashville, TN 37232-5671
Phone: 615-322-2555
Fax: 615-343-0161
charles.coffey@vanderbilt.edu

Education Coordinator
Bobbi Humphreys
2220 Pierce Avenue
Preston Research Building
Basement Room B-1003
Nashville, TN 37232-5671
Phone: 615-322-5257
Fax: 615-343-0161
bobbi.humphreys@vanderbilt.edu
 

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