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Graduate options for medical physics.

  1. Jun 29, 2015 #1
    To begin, I've had a fairly long college career. I was a wellness science major for 3 years and decided it wasn't challenging enough at my small college. I switched to physics and jammed 4 years of math and physics into 2 years. I have one more year left and then I will be in graduate school hopefully. This year will only consist of a few classes, as I go to a small university that is only able to offer upper level physics classes once every two years.

    My GPA is decent (3.3), but I don't expect to get into a highly prestigious university. I am confident in my abilities, work ethic, and ability to present myself well. However, I also realize I'm likely not prepared for a graduate program that is heavy in theoretical physics and mathematics yet. I have limited research (focused on fluid dynamics of electron breakdown waves), but my professors think very highly of me so I think I will have very good letters of recommendation.

    I just know that I want to pursue a masters which will enable me to help people in some way. I love the idea of getting into prosthetics & orthotics or medical physics. I have had a lot of trouble finding any school that seems to fit me though. The closest thing I have found is Applied Physics degrees that allow for a focus in optics which have the potential for medical application. My hours and hours of online searching haven't yielded much success. I don't want to be a theoretical physicist or professor from a top college. I just want to be good at what I do and be able to help people.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the lengthy post.
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  3. Jun 29, 2015 #2
    Have you considered master's programs in biomedical engineering (or perhaps electrical engineering with a focus on biomedical engineering)? It seems like that would be the better choice when it comes to designing medical equipment/prosthetics/etc.
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  5. Jun 29, 2015 #4
    Biomedical engineering is definitely an interest of mine. I intend on applying to a few of those programs. I was initially worried about some of them as they required a bit more engineering or a few more biology labs than I've had.
    And thank you for the link to that list. I will look into each of the Universities listed.
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