With collaborators in U-M Radiation Oncology, the NERS department is launching a new graduate certificate program in medical physics, recently approved by Rackham Graduate School.
The certificate program will be an important addition to NERS offerings and enable students from diverse academic backgrounds to train in medical physics.
“We have so many talented undergrads in nuclear engineering and other disciplines who want to go into medical physics but, without this certificate, they would have to go to another institution for a graduate medical physics program,” said Martha Matuszak, assistant professor of NERS and Radiation Oncology and the program director.
The medical physics certificate program will be open to graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs or who already hold a PhD in related science or engineering fields. Courses will include radiation therapy physics, imaging physics, radiologic health and radiobiology as well as a hands-on practicum.
Collaborators include professors Kim Kearfott and Alex Bielajew of the NERS department; Associate Professor Kristy Brock of Radiation Oncology, Biomedical Engineering and NERS; Associate Professor Joann Prisciandaro of Radiation Oncology; Assistant Professor Tim Ritter also of Radiation Oncology; and Professor Mitch Goodsitt (Radiology Oncology and NERS).
“I think I can safely speak for the group when I say we’re looking forward to strengthening the relationship between the two departments, mentoring students together and creating this new pathway for graduate students to go into medical physics,” said Matuszak.