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Getting started as a medical physicist questions

  1. Sep 12, 2006 #1
    Hi all,

    I just discovered this forum in my quest to find answers to some questions I have about getting started in the field of medical physics.

    I am going to finish my MS in Physics in about a year. I've become interested in medical physics recently after realizing, over the course of a few yrs, that I want to do something where I can feel like I'm helping society (I used to be interested in cosmology-- which I still really like and respect, and I still feel is important to society.. but hopefully you understand what I mean; I want to feel like I'm contributing more directly).

    Anyhow, my questions are:

    1) Can I become a clinical medical physicist with an MS in Physics, rather than an MS in Medical Physics? I've done some job searches at monster.com and it seems that about half the jobs ask for an MS in Physics, and the other half ask for an MS in Medical Physics. So based on that, it seems like I should be OK. (?) Is that true?

    2) The other thing I noticed is that jobs ask for at least 2 yrs of clinical experience. Where do I get that from?? I read something about residency programs online but apparently you need a PhD to get into those. But all the jobs I found only ask for an MS, so how do I get that residency or other clinical experience?

    Thanks a lot for any info!
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  3. Oct 13, 2007 #2

    hi sir ...,

    ok i think to be a medical physcist u need to study physics but not a pure physics

    i mean u will need objects as nuclear physics . radiation physics , and similar objects

    but also u need agood study in anatomy . physiology ..

    so may u need good subjects to help u in the field ..,

    hope u get what u want
  4. Oct 13, 2007 #3
    1. It shouldn't really matter which you have... as long as if you've taken medical physics related courses. You mentioned you were interested in cosmology originally. Has you degree been geared towards that? Have you taken courses in things like physiology, biochemistry, NMR, other biophysics related courses?

    2. I was searching for residency programs a while ago too. I'm no longer set on going that route but I noticed the same things you have. Not only do many residency programs require a PhD, they also only accept 1 or 2 students a year!

    You've probably browsed this page already, but in case you haven't: http://www.aapm.org/main.asp
    Of interest are the links "Medical Physicist" and "Education". They have links to accredited programs for both education and residency. If you're in the US, consider the Canadian programs too. If I remember, their residency programs seemed to be a little less strict.

    Good luck!
  5. Oct 15, 2007 #4
    For your information PSG college of technmology as started M.Sc Medical Physics course this year 2007
  6. Oct 15, 2007 #5
    Also, the medical physics residency program at Ohio State only requires a master's degree or better, not a Ph.D.
  7. Oct 18, 2007 #6
    To continue this thread, does anyone know of a website that's dedicated to the field of medical physics? I'm aware of the AAPM site, but I'm looking to join a group and/or forum that would expose me to professionals in this field. It's never too late to start rubbing elbows!
  8. Oct 18, 2007 #7
    The Health Physics Society has a Medical Health Physics section.
  9. Nov 7, 2007 #8
    Anyone knows any good european masters in medical physics?
  10. Nov 18, 2007 #9
    I need to talk to a biophysicist (via email) for an essay. does anyone konw where i can contact one?
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