Research Ethics Training

All Master’s and Ph.D. students must complete the 1-credit, Medical Physics course – MP701 Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research and Practice of Medical Physics.

Clinical Physics Training

The UW Medical Physics Graduate Program gives students a thorough didactic education in all aspects of medical physics. In addition to course work on radiation interactions with matter, radiation therapy physics, diagnostic imaging, health physics, and nuclear medicine, students may take advanced courses in clinical physics topics including brachytherapy, radiation treatment planning, advanced radiotherapy physics, diagnostic ultrasound, basic and advanced MRI, X-Ray CT, and molecular imaging. Most students complete their course work by the end of their second year in graduate school.

There are labs associated with several of these classes, which gives students introduction to the clinic and treatment/imaging hardware and software. Beyond these, our “RadLab” series of courses offer the next level of hands-on training. The Radlabs are not intended to provide job training, but rather a reinforcement of didactic coursework.

In addition, we offer an opportunity to participate in several “Student Teams” as a way for graduate students to gain additional clinical experience and to be involved in the clinic. These take the format of 1-2 evenings/week for 6-12 months doing patient QA, machine QA and other clinical projects under the direct supervision of a radiation oncology staff physicist. Participation in Student Teams will give students specific experience to cite on a resume/CV and to discuss at job or residency interviews. Moreover it allows students to gain a valuable comfort level and working knowledge of the treatment machines and measurement instrumentation in a radiation therapy facility.

Residency programs are listed on the Commission for Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs website. See the CAMPEP website for more information.