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