College of Health Sciences
Master of Science in Radiological Medical Physics
The UK Radiological Medical Physics program:
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 (therapy emphasis). 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. Two of our graduates have become President of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), and many others are found in positions of major national responsibility (including President of CAMPEP). 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.
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:
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.
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.
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
Lee Johnson, Ph.D.
Room 209H Wethington Building
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