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Physics sophomore trying to transfer. medical physics in mind after graduation

  1. Oct 1, 2009 #1
    I'm a physics Major, and I want to transfer to another school.

    I have 4 choices:

    University of Wisconsin - Madison
    University of illinois at Chicago
    Indiana University Bloomington
    Purdue university

    here is what I would consider:
    I'm a physics student but what's more important to me, is Medical physics. I want to go graduate school and obtain that degree.

    Madison, bloomington, and Purdue, offer great undergrad research (true???) and they also offer: Introduction in medical physics as a course.

    Illinois doesn't offer Introduction to medical Physics but it's the biggest medical schools, and they have affiliation with cancer centers etc...
    also Chicago is a big big city and beside the crimes(...) it has a lot to offer.

    Purdue and Madison both have Medical physics graduate programs but purdue's is not Campep-accredited, Madison is.
    also chicago is the home University of chicago which offers also the Msc in MedPhys

    so as you can see there are so many variables that I really dont know what to think, so I'm asking for people advices on this
    thanks in advance
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  3. Oct 2, 2009 #2


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    I would caution against mixing up graduate and undergraduate programs. Just because you complete an undergraduate degree at a particular school doesn't necessarily translate into any advantage to getting into that school's graduate program.

    That being said, doing your undergrad at a school with a medical physics program naturally has some advantages in that you could get involved with a medical physics research-project, attend medical physics talks, and get to know professors in that field. The important things for undergraduate work are that you get a strong physics foundation, you do well in your classes, and that you enjoy the program (people who enjoy what they do tend to be a lot more successful than those just slogging through).
  4. Oct 2, 2009 #3
    ok so if I put aside the graduate perspective, the best solutions would be to choose between Madison and Purdue then?
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