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Radiation Sciences

As of January 2014, Radiation Sciences is part of the UK College of Medicine. A link to its new website will be provided here when available.

 

Master of Science in Radiological Medical Physics
The Radiation Science division in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky currently offers a comprehensive program leading to the M.S. degree in Radiological Medical Physics. The program provides students a thorough didactic grounding in fundamental and specialized medical physics, with hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Programs (CAMPEP).

The UK Radiological Medical Physics program:

  • Provides intensive clinical training
  • Is a small, selective program that provides individual mentoring for all students. The program accepts a maximum of 8 students per year. This year, we are expanding our program to include a focus track in Imaging Physics, in addition to our traditional track of Radiation Therapy Physics.
  • Has a 40 year history of providing didactic and clinical training of the highest quality.
  • Offers an in-house residency that exclusively accepts graduates from our program.
  • The national network of UK graduates is extensive. Included are, three AAPM presidents as well as numerous other active professionals.

Additional Information:

The University of Kentucky program is unique in that most of the time is spent learning in the clinical setting, working on the requirements of our detailed clinical practicum. Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) and is one of the premier clinical medical physics programs in North America, and is particularly well-known and liked for its hands-on student training. Our graduates do very well on certification examinations offered by the American Board of Radiology, and historically have been very successful at finding great careers. We are pleased to speak with prospective students or with those who simply want to know more about medical physics. Below please find additional specific information about our program.

  1.     The University of Kentucky offers a clinically-oriented terminal masters degree. In addition, we offer a CAMPEP-accredited residency program in Radiation Therapy Physics that preferentially accepts graduates of our program. Statistics regarding our program are included below.
  2.     Because of UK's clinical practicum training, our students compete well against graduates of other programs that provide less clinical training.  If you decide to come visit us, you will see first-hand the kind of training our students get, and have a chance to talk with them.  
  3.     Currently, professionals wishing to sit for the American Board of Radiology examination must present evidence of being enrolled in and/or having graduated from a CAMPEP-accredited residency program.
  4.     All of the accredited medical physics programs have large applicant pools. We do not have TA or RA support available.
  5.    Prospective students applying from certain southeastern states are eligible for Academic Common Market status to this program, which means that for tuition purposes they are treated as in-state residents. The states which have listed our program include Delaware, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Other southeastern states NOT having medical physics programs of their own at state-supported schools, can be added to this list upon appropriate application by the student.
  6.     Our graduates do very well on the American Board of Radiology certification exams, and on the oral Board exam section will typically pass on the first try.
  7.     As soon as possible, you should arrange to shadow a local or regional medical physicist for several hours one day, so as to obtain a first-hand view of the typical workday of a clinical therapeutic medical physicist.
  8. We select the members of each year's class based on the strength of their academic credentials and also factor in their apparent ability to work well in a team setting. Our classes typically bond closely together and can be seen in later years clustered together at annual meetings of the AAPM. Our ability to assess an applicant's "teamwork skills" is greatly enhanced by meeting applicants and chatting with them for a while. Therefore, we strongly encourage a visit to UK's program, which ideally will occur no later than mid-to-late January (the sooner, the better). Many programs begin offering admission by early February, so you are strongly encouraged to have all application materials in to your desired schools, and visits made, no later than the end of January.

Program statistics:

Click here for the Graduate and Residency Program Statistics

How to Apply

To apply for graduate admissions to our program the ApplyYourself Application will need to be completed via the web at https://www.iris.uky.edu/AdmissionsAppA/login.aspx .

Note: You will not be able to submit your application until all required information has been provided and your application fee has been paid.

 

The following items are required for application:

  • All undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) Transcripts
  • GRE Scores for the General Exam
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (if applicable)
  • Contact information for three (3) individuals willing to provide Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/CV (optional)
  • Personal Statement (optional)

For the initial application, all transcripts and test scores will be unofficial, self-reported versions. Once a student has been accepted into the program official transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores will be required.

 

Application Deadlines

The official deadline for applications is April 30th. However, we strongly recommend applications be submitted by January 31st to ensure full consideration for admission. We typically complete our selection process well before the April 30th deadline. Any applications received after the selection process is complete will not be considered for admission.

 

Campus Visits are required.

 

The Graduate School
University of Kentucky
Attn: Records Office
The Gillis Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0033

Medical Physics Graduate Program
Radiation Medicine
Chandler Medical Center
800 Rose Street, C109
Lexington, KY 40536-0293

 

 

A message from the Program Director:

As you are likely aware, in 2014 the American Board of Radiology (ABR) will require all candidates sitting for the certification exam to have graduated from a Medical Physics Residency Program that has been accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).  Currently, there is tremendous competition for the existing residency slots that are available on a national level.  This recruitment cycle marks the first time in our graduate program’s long history, that our students will be required to seek additional training (i.e., a residency) following their graduate training in order to be eligible to sit for the ABR certification exam.  The Radiation Sciences Program at the University of Kentucky has been actively planning for this in the following ways.

First, we deliberately keep our class sizes small (typically six new students per year) so that each student receives a high quality didactic and clinical education.  We provide personalized mentoring on an ongoing basis to all students and continue to integrate our students into daily clinical operations.  We retain a high level of dedication and support for all of our students, so that each one has the best likelihood of securing residency or other opportunities. 

The Department of Radiation Medicine at the University of Kentucky, currently supports two residency slots per year, and these slots are fundamentally reserved for diplomats of our graduate program.  In addition, we are actively pursuing affiliations with other sites to provide more residency opportunities to our students, as well as considering the addition of a PhD program track. 

The high quality, clinically-oriented education that our students receive has yielded very good statistics in terms of securing residency slots, both internally and externally.  For example, in 2012, 4 out of 5 graduating students that applied were able to secure residencies (2 internal and 2 external).  In 2011, 5 out of 7 graduating students secured residency slots. 

Students entering our program in the fall of 2013 will be seeking residency slots in the spring of 2015.  Graduation from a high quality, CAMPEP accredited graduate program is a strong first step in becoming competitive.  Given that many new residency programs are becoming accredited each year, and coupled with our students’ past success, we are proud and optimistic regarding the outlook for graduates of our Medical Physics / Radiation Sciences Program.

 

For more information, contact:

Janelle Molloy, Ph.D., FAAPM
Program Director

(859) 323-6486

 

 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

 Students in the College of Health Sciences are required to adhere to the Health Care Colleges Code of Professional Student Conduct and the University’s codes of conduct. Each student must also follow the handbook and technical standards prescribed by each of their individual programs.

If you should have questions regarding the Health Care Colleges Code of Professional Student Conduct, please contact the Assistant Dean, Dr. Randa Remer at Randa.Remer@uky.edu or by calling 859-218-0545.