Department of Physics

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Medical Physics Program


Why Medical Physics?

The field of medicine is facing significant shortage of well-trained and qualified medical physicists. With each passing year, this shortage expands because of the increasing use of complex technology in the field of radiation oncology and medical imaging. There is a growing demand for well-trained professionals in medical physics. Medical physics is a highly specialized field; it is not a discipline that can be learned “on-the-job.” Only specially-created Medical Physics programs can accomplish the mission, since education in Medical Physics requires multidisciplinary effort. Certified medical physicists often work with medical imaging, radiation therapy/diagnosis, and nuclear medicine. According to the American Association of Physics in Medicine, medical physicists are concerned with three areas of activity: clinical service and consultation, research and development, and teaching. While most focus on cancer-related topics, medical physicists work in many other disciplines of medicine including those concerned with heart disease and mental illness.


About the Program

URI’s M.S. program in Medical Physics accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) prepares students for a career in medical physics. The Department of Physics at the University of Rhode Island in partnership with the Radiation Oncology Department at the Rhode Island Hospital Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and RI Nuclear Science Center offers M.S. degree in Medical Physics. There are two entry paths to the M.S. degree in Medical Physics:

– through the 5-Year combined B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Medical Physics program, where students enter the B.S. in physics and apply for the MS program at the end of their junior year; M.S. part of the program (M.S. in Medical Physics) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP)

– through the 2-Year M.S. in Medical Physics program (accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, CAMPEP), applying after already receiving a B.S. in Physics or an equivalent degree with advanced physics courses.

The URI Medical Physics Program Disclosure Statement reflects information about the program and the achievements of our students

Student Guide to a Medical Physics Career

Student Guide to a Medical Physics Career presented by The Society of Directors of Academic Medical Physics Programs (SDAMPP) can be found here 

Contact Information

For more information about the programs and admission, please contact:

Director of Medical Physics Program, Dr. Yana Reshetnyak

Director Graduate Program: Dr. Leonard Kahn

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