Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Medical physicists are health care professionals with specialized training in the medical applications of physics. Their work often involves the use of x-rays and accelerated charged particles, radioactive substances, ultrasound, magnetic and electric fields, infra-red and ultraviolet light, heat and lasers in diagnosis and therapy. Most medical physicists work in hospital diagnostic imaging departments, cancer treatment facilities, or hospital-based research establishments. Others work in universities, government, and industry.
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Medical Physics program will:
understand the physics of medical imaging and radiation oncology;
achieve independence in original medical physics research;
work effectively in clinical and research environments that include oncologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, cardiologists, neuroscientists, radiation therapy professionals and biomedical engineers;
be prepared for positions at medical physics research institutions as well as healthcare institutions.
Graduates will be equipped to pursue careers in hospitals, specialized areas of medicine (e.g. cancer treatment and research and brain research), government, industry and other medical research environments. Their work is interdisciplinary in nature and in many cases, translates to innovative solutions to real world medical problems relating to diagnosis and treatment of many disease types from cancer to brain and cardiac research.
Many of our medical physics faculty hold associate or adjunct professor status in the Department of Physics and Astronomy but have primary appointments in Departments of the Faculty of Medicine (Radiology, Surgery, Oncology) or work at the BC Cancer Agency Treatment or Research Centres.
In BC alone, population growth and replacement of retirements requires about 5 new radiotherapy physicists each year. Growing demand for advanced medical imaging (CT, MRI, PET) creates a similar requirement for imaging physicists.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Program Components: Doctoral study
Further information: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/graduate-degree-programs/phd-medical-physics
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