Medical Physics is an applied branch of physics concerned with the research, development and application of physical concepts and methods to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Medical Physics incorporates scientific and technological aspects of the physical sciences, computer and imaging science, bioengineering, and the biological sciences. The MS or PhD degree is needed for entry to the field. The WFU graduate program in Medical Physics provides a combination of didactic, laboratory, research, and clinical experiences to educate and train MS and PhD medical physicists for competitive post-graduate training positions, national board certification, and productive careers in clinical service, education and research.
Medical Physicists are credentialed healthcare practitioners, educators and researchers, with positions in community practice, academia, industry and government. In North America there are approximately 8,500 medical physicists. New recruits to the field are needed nationally and internationally for maintaining and growing the number of medical physicists who can meet regulatory and credentialing requirements, population growth, and the projected increases in cancer and other diseases that benefit from medical physics services. The professional society American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) website provides invaluable information about medical physics in practice and as a career.
The Medical Physics program is wholly consistent with the Mission and Strategic Plan for the Wake Forest School of Medicine in providing the training venue for the next generation of medical physicists. Graduate trainees in medical physics will perform research, discover new concepts, develop new technologies, and assist others in the delivery of care. The Radiation Sciences, interdisciplinary across several departments, are strong at Wake Forest. Key contributors to this scientific area of research are the medical physics faculty and their graduate students who provide radiation physics expertise and resources for studies on the impact of radiation sources on biological systems.
The particular areas of emphasis and contributions for medical physics are:
|Comprehensive Cancer Center||Imaging Science|
|Radiation Oncology||Biomedical Engineering|
|Diagnostic Radiology||Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI)|