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Graduate Degrees and Certificate

The VCU Medical Physics Graduate program received initial CAMPEP-accreditation in 2010 for both its M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Overview

An overview of the graduate programs supported by the Division of Medical Physics

The Division of Medical Physics hosts three graduate programs, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) that prepare students for careers as clinical medical physicists, independent investigators and active contributors to the field. 

Our students enter the program from diverse academic backgrounds including physics, nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering and other fields, and they go on to a variety of positions following graduation.   

Master's Degree

Accredited by CAMPEP in 2010...

The Master of Science in Medical Physics program, accredited by CAMPEP in 2010, provides students the foundational knowledge and hands-on clinical training necessary to practice as clinical medical physicists.  

Full-time students complete the program in a minimum of two years. Please contact the program director if you’re interested in enrolling as a part-time or non-degree-seeking student.   

Doctoral Degree

Accredited by CAMPEP in 2010...

Accredited by CAMPEP in 2010, the Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Physics offers coursework and research training as it is applied to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Research interests include the following:  

  • Functional imaging using positron emission tomography (PET) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) 
  • Computerized tomography (CT) image artifact removal and deformation 
  • Radiation therapy dose calculations 
  • Four-dimensional radiation therapy 
  • Brachytherapy    

For full-time students, this doctoral program takes four to six years to complete. Please contact the program director if you’re interested in enrolling as a part-time or non-degree-seeking student.  

Graduate Certificate

A one year program accredited by CAMPEP

This one-year program is intended for postdoctoral individuals seeking to enhance their credentials for admission into a medical physics residency position. Accredited by CAMPEP, it offers the coursework necessary to meet standards set by the ABR.  

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Apply to the graduate or certificate programs

To apply for any of our graduate programs, please complete and submit an electronic application through VCU’s graduate admissions page. For a fall semester start, the deadline application is Jan. 15. Late applications will not be accepted.  Apply Now

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Our Students

The best parts of our graduate program are our students!

Medical Physics students [View Image]The best parts of our graduate program are our students! 

Our program seeks to provide the knowledge and expertise to be able to succeed as clinical and research physicists, and our students take it one step further by seeking to improve the program and the field. The courses and research projects available to students push their academic and professional bounds, but they never cease to amaze us with their ambition, curiosity and dedication to the field. 

The future of medical physics is in good hands!   

MS Students

Patrick Brunick [View Image]

Patrick Brunick

MS Student

Patrick Brunick [View Image]

Patrick Brunick

MS Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Patrick graduated from Georgia Tech in December 2008 with a BS in Nuclear & Radiological Engineering. He worked as a nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy in Portsmouth, VA until July 2016, overseeing the refueling of nuclear powered submarines. During this time, he grew more interested in the medical applications of radiation and entered the VCU medical physics program in the fall of 2016. His current research involves the use of surface imaging and respiratory management during SBRT treatments. Outside of the classroom, Patrick enjoys playing and watching soccer, running, going to the beach whenever possible, and spending time with his wife and dogs.

Samantha Conrad [View Image]

Samantha Conrad

MS Student

Samantha Conrad [View Image]

Samantha Conrad

MS Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Samantha has an Associate's in Engineering and received her BS in Physics with a focus in Organic Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 2017. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, cooking, hiking, and gardening.

Siqiu Wang [View Image]

Siqiu Wang

MS Student

Siqiu Wang [View Image]

Siqiu Wang

MS Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

PhD Students

Areej Aljabal [View Image]

Areej Aljabal

PhD Student

Areej Aljabal [View Image]

Areej Aljabal

PhD Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Areej graduated from Purdue University in May 2016 with a Masters degree in medical physics. She is interested in MR research. In her free time, besides Facetiming with her baby girl Lulu, she enjoys cooking, fine jewelry designing, sketching and photography.

Advisor: Pei-Jan Lin

Dong Han [View Image]

Dong Han

PhD Student

Dong Han [View Image]

Dong Han

PhD Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Dong graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder, and Fudan University with M.S. degrees of Planetary Science and Nuclear Physics. He joined the VCU Medical Physics program in the fall of 2011. Dong's current research topic deals with Dual Energy CT and reconstrcution of CT images using Alternating Minimization.

Advisor: Jeffrey F. Williamson

Sarah Holler [View Image]

Sarah Holler

PhD Student

Sarah Holler [View Image]

Sarah Holler

PhD Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Sarah graduated from Bucknell University in May of 2016 with a B.S. in Physics. She became interested in medical physics during the summer after her junior year, when she worked at Washington University in St. Louis and participated in research with knowledge-based planning systems. She started the medical physics program at VCU in the fall of 2016 and is currently studying MR elastography. In her spare time, she plays ultimate, sings in her church choir, and does photography.

Advisor: Laura Padilla

Ben Lewis [View Image]

Ben Lewis

PhD Student

Ben Lewis [View Image]

Ben Lewis

PhD Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 with an A.B. in Physics and a minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences. While at WashU, Ben worked at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology on the cyclotron production and chemical separation of manganese-52 for PET imaging, as well as the characterization of nuclear cross sections for natural chromium irradiated with protons. He entered the Medical Physics Ph.D. program at VCU in the fall of 2014. His current research involves creating a system for MRI based radiation therapy planning, and developing improved radiation therapy methods for prostate cancer. In his free time, Ben enjoys rock climbing, playing the violin, and working out.

Advisor: Taeho Kim

Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon [View Image]

Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon

PhD Student

Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon [View Image]

Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon

PhD Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Nicky graduated from the University of Virginia in December of 2009 with a BS in Physics and a minor in Theater Arts. She entered the Medical Physics program at VCU in the fall of 2013 and a MS student, after spending the interim time working as the Master Electrician and a Lighting Designer at Riverside Dinner Theater and as the Math Instructional Assistant for Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. While at UVA, she worked with the Quantum Optics, Quantum Fields research group on Poling Lithium Tanatalate crystals for various modes of quantum entanglement and quantum tomography sparking her research interest in medical imaging. During her time as a Master's student, she conducted research in the feasibility of conducting PET/SPECT/CT imaging with simultaneously present PET/SPECT isotopes with the Center for Molecular Imaging, and she began research on using imaging and texture features with CT and MRI images acquired throughout patent treatment to build predictive models for tumor response in patient with non-small cell lung cancer with Dr. Weiss and Dr. Hugo. The latter project has developed into the current focus of her PhD research which she officially began in May 2015 following graduation from the MS program. Nicky hopes to become involved in Medical Physics on the international level with the AAPM as she hopes to one day work abroad as a Medical Physicist.

Mark Ostyn [View Image]

Mark Ostyn

PhD Student

Mark Ostyn [View Image]

Mark Ostyn

PhD Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Mark graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho in 2011 with a BA in Physics, and then moved Bloomington, Indiana to attend Indiana University for graduate work. While in Indiana, he completed a BS in Engineering Physics from NNU in 2013, before earning a MS in Medical Physics in 2014 from IU. While at IU, he worked on a system for hyperpolarizing Helium-3 gas through MEOP techniques. He entered the Medical Physics program at VCU in the Fall of 2014 and is working on systems to manage patient motion. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing violin and guitar, grilling, and spending time with his wife.

Adviser: Siyong Kim

Matthew Riblett [View Image]

Matthew Riblett

PhD Student

Matthew Riblett [View Image]

Matthew Riblett

PhD Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Bio sketch and interests: Matt graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and entered the VCU Medical Physics program in the fall of 2013. In the interim, he worked for the Rensselaer Radiation Measurement and Dosimetry Group producing tools for patient dose tracking and voxelized computational phantom simulation. Additionally, Matt worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory developing GPU-accelerated Monte Carlo methods for the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division for use on OLCF's TITAN supercomputer. His research work has focused on novel computational methods and HPC implementations for both Health and Medical Physics applications and he hopes to pursue similar work at VCU. When not in a classroom or a lab, Matt enjoys volunteering for US FIRST, vegetarian cooking and baking, spending time with friends, and playing with his dogs.

Advisor: Elisabeth Weiss

Certificate Students

Liyanage [View Image]

Liyanage

Certificate Student

Liyanage [View Image]

Liyanage

Certificate Student

Radiation Oncology, Division of Medical Physics

Graduate Education Program FAQs

Contact Us

For official correspondences with the Medical Physics Educational Programs, please address requests and inquiries to the following address:

VCU Department of Radiation Oncology 
Medical Physics Educational Programs 
401 College Street, Box 980058 
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0058

P:  +1.804.628.7780
F:  +1.804.827.1861
E:  medphys@vcu.edu

For additional information regarding our educational programs, prospective student and resident tours, or admissions, please contact our amazing program coordinator:

Katie Goracke 
Graduate and Residency Program Coordinator
P:  +1.804.628.7780
E:  medphys@vcu.edu

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