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Medical physics

  1. Sep 20, 2008 #1
    Hey guys,
    I tried to find a thread related to medical physics, but have not yet suceeeded. I was looking online out of curiousity about medical physics. I used to always want to grow up, be a doctor, or at least something medical related. After being in high school until my senior year, i have foudn that physics and math are more important to me. But wait... Medical physics??? It sounded like the holy grail for me. After researching it, it really is! Seems like a mix between engineering and a medical field. With that being said, not many sites had information about how exactly you become a medical physicist. I have found that at least a masters is required, most often a doctorate, but sites lacked info on what undergrad major is best suited for getting into a grad/required to get into a graduate medical physics program. It seems to me that physics would be pretty obvious,but with the work that is done, it seems that no only physics, but material sciences, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, or maybe even some kind of made up major that is pre-med heavily based on physics, as opposed to the normal split between physics/organic chem/biology.

    I dont know how many medical physicists we have here on PF, but even someone that knows a medical phys, or has info about them would suffice. I am just curious as to whether or not I am going to be able to attend one of the schools i have been looking at already to do my undergrad for this, if I end up being interested enough, or if I would have to go out and recreate a list of differetn schools.

    Also, how many years it would most likely take to get to the point in your career to start actually doing the job, residency is considered working to me. I know it is learning, but it is not school, and there is a paycheck involved (money is not that important, but at the same time, i dont want to be in school for 10 years not making $$ and have an enormous debt to pay.)

    thanks guys
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