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Medical physicist

  1. 1. Medical Physicist<br />
  2. 2. Nature of Work<br />Clinical Setting<br />Research<br />Education<br />
  3. 3. The Clinical Setting<br />Diagnosis <br />Treatment<br />Radiotherapy<br />
  4. 4. Research<br />Current Hot Topics:<br />Cancer- Chemotherapy<br /> Heart disease- CT scans<br />Mental Illness- Gamma Knife<br />Radiation Dosages Present in Foods<br />Updates in Radiation Technology<br />
  5. 5. Education<br />Public Information Sessions<br />Training Residents<br />Post-secondary Teaching<br />
  6. 6. Salary (based on national median salaries)<br />M.S. Degree: $115,000<br />PhD: $124,000<br />M.S. Degree w/ Board Cert.: $162,000<br />PhD w/ Board Cert.: $175,000<br />
  7. 7. Employment Opportunities<br />Research facilities<br />Regulation agencies<br />Universities<br />Environmental Protection Agency<br />OSHA<br />Nuclear Technology<br />Hospital Setting<br />
  8. 8. Coursework: Fall Freshman Year (based on Bachelor of Science UNC-Chapel Hill curriculum)<br />Calculus II<br />Mechanical Physics I<br />Lifetime Fitness<br />English Composition and Rhetoric A<br />
  9. 9. Coursework: Spring Freshman Year<br />Calculus III<br />Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism<br />Economics<br />Foreign Language Enhancement Course<br />English Composition and Rhetoric B<br />
  10. 10. Coursework: Fall Sophomore Year<br />Differential Equations<br />Modern Physics<br />Western Civilization<br />Philosophy<br />
  11. 11. Coursework: Spring Sophomore Year<br />Advanced Mechanical Physics<br />Numerical Technology<br />Sociology<br />English Literature<br />
  12. 12. Coursework: Fall Junior Year<br />Mathematical Methodology I<br />Electricity and Magnetism I<br />U.S. Diversity Course<br />Electronics I<br />Art, Music, Architecture, or Drama course<br />
  13. 13. Coursework: Spring Junior Year<br />Mathematical Methodology II<br />Electricity and Magnetism II<br />Quantum Mechanics<br />Communications Course<br />European History<br />
  14. 14. Coursework: Fall Senior Year<br />Thermodynamics<br />Advanced Laboratory I<br />Quantum Applications<br />African, Middle East, or Latin American history course<br />
  15. 15. Coursework: Spring Senior Year<br />Advanced Lab II<br />Current Issues <br />Experiential Education<br />
  16. 16. Path to Becoming a Medical Physicist<br />4 years undergraduate school with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics (course load outlined in previous slides)<br />4 years graduate school with a Masters Degree in Science or a PhD <br />5 years of experience in the field (usually a residency program or research project in the field of biophysics or medical physics)<br />
  17. 17. Job Outlook<br />Every year, between 250 and 300 positions in medical physics become available.<br />This is a growth of 130% in the field.<br />50% of current medical physicists are over the age of fifty, so there is a high probability that even more medical physicist positions will become available for students currently entering college. <br />
  18. 18. Sources<br />http://aapm.org/medical_physicist/default.asp<br />http://medicalphysics.duke.edu/careers/demand.html<br />http://www.physics.unc.edu/academics/ugrad/bs.php<br />http://physics.nist.gov/MajResProj/Biophysics/biophys.html<br />

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