University of Wisconsin Medical Physics

University of Wisconsin Medical Physics

1111 Highland Ave, 1005 WIMR, Madison, Wisconsin 53705, United States of America
University of Wisconsin Medical Physics
University of Wisconsin Medical Physics

University of Wisconsin Medical Physics

1111 Highland Ave, 1005 WIMR, Madison, Wisconsin 53705, United States of America

About

Medical Physics is 1 of 10 basic science departments in the School of Medicine and Public Health. The dept. has 30 core faculty members, many with cross-appointments or affiliate appointments in one or more clinical departments.

The UW-Madison Medical Physics Program is one of the first and largest accredited programs in the North America. Our faculty, staff, students, and post-doctoral fellows perform cutting-edge research in nearly all of the subspecialities within Medical Physics, which provides graduate students with many research areas from which to choose. Many of our faculty, and former students, are experienced and successful entrepreneurs and leaders in industry. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in academia, industry, clinical practice, consulting groups, regulatory agencies, etc. The graduate program benefits from very strong involvement with clinical departments (Radiology, Human Oncology, Medicine, etc.) and other basic science departments (Biomedical Engineering, Physics, etc.) and has access to state-of-the-art imaging, therapy, and metrology equipment - all on a single highly-ranked campus. Medical physics residency programs in Imaging Physics and Radiation Therapy Physics are also available.

Program Requirements

Master's:
Candidates must complete “core” courses if completing the CAMPEP Track. Either anatomy or physiology must also be taken, if completing the CAMPEP Track, and 4 credits of Journal Club (Medical Physics 900). Minimum number of: 34. The vast majority of students complete a MS degree en route to the PhD degree. The number of students pursuing a terminal MS degree in our department is relatively small.

Doctorate:
Completion of the core and elective course requirements as defined for the master's degree is required. Completion of an Oral PhD Qualifier Exam is required at end of second spring semester following matriculation. A PhD Preliminary Exam must be completed by the end of the third year of enrollment. A dissertation is required and a PhD Dissertation Exam must be successfully completed. Minimum number of credits: 51.
GRE Requirements: Not Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

We strive for a culture of close relationships and collaborations between students, faculty and alumni. To accomplish this we have a yearly symposium where distinguished alumni or national experts are invited to present their ground-breaking research and students are able to meet one-on-one for the day. To build community we have hosted events such as a student/faculty golf scramble, a student/faculty bowling event, an annual holiday party with games and trivia, and a yearly fall department picnic to welcome new students and re-connect after summer break. We have formal, elected graduate student representatives who are very active and help organize many of our events. The Medical Physics Graduate Student Outreach program aims to increase the visibility of medical physics by teaching community members about the role of physics in medicine as well as the educational and career opportunities in physics-based careers. We also have a newly created Committee for Recognizing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Medical Physics (REDI). The mission of REDI is to foster and build community within the Medical Physics Department by raising awareness and facilitating conversations which aim to encourage diversity and inclusion. The committee is led by medical physics graduate students with the support of the department. Graduate student presentations at regional and/or national scientific meetings are encouraged and supported.