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The current program descends from an earlier graduate program in radiological sciences sponsored jointly by the Departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology. This master’s degree granting program flourished in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, but was discontinued in 1988 because of dwindling faculty resources. In the absence of such a program, the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) began to award graduate degrees for work in areas which would have fit readily into either a radiological sciences or medical physics curriculum, including topics in medical imaging and radiotherapy. In particular, three BME doctoral dissertations in topics of radiotherapy had been awarded since then. These PhDs have taken leadership positions in industry or clinics:

  • Xiaodong Wu (Ph.D. 1996), President and CEO, Director of Medical Physics, Biophysics Research Institute of America, Inc; and Chief Physicist, JFK Medical Center, Lake Worth, Florida
  • Chunsong Luo (Ph.D. 2003), Chief Medical Physicist, Saint Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Jun Yang (Ph.D. 2006), Senior Director of Alliance Oncology, and Chief Medical Physicist, Philadelphia CyberKnife, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The complete medical physics curriculum has been offered to students since 2007. The Medical Physics Graduate Program at the University of Miami received the initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) for the period of 1/1/2012 – 12/31/2016. In 2016, the program received re-accreditation from CAMPEP for the period of 1/1/2017 – 12/31/2021.

Table 1. Statistics for MS degree in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Physics concentration), 2006-2019 (updated on Dec. 31st, 2019). Note:

  • Year means from the beginning of Fall semester (August 15th) in current year to the end of Spring semester (May 15th) of next year.
  • Before the Medical Physics graduate program was accredited by CAMPEP, applicants applied for the Biomedical Engineering graduate program’s start-up Medical Physics concentration.
  ADMISSION GRADUATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIAL PLACEMENT
Year* # of Applicants** # of Offers # of Matriculates # of Graduates # passing Board Exam Any Part Residency Clinic MD/PhD Program Other
2005 6 3 3
2006 5 0
2007 5 0 3 2 1
2008 6 0
2009 6 4 3
2010 8 4 3
2011 6 2 2 2 1 0 1
2012 6 0 4 2 2
2013 3 3 3 2 2
2014 3 3 3 1 1 1
2015 1 1 1 1 1 1
2016 0 0 2 1
2017 5 4 1 2 3
2018 16 12 4
2019 11 8 2 4 2 2 1 1

 

Table 2. Statistics for PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Physics concentration), 2006-2019 (updated on Dec. 31st, 2019). Note:

  • Year means from the beginning of Fall semester (August 15th) in current year to the end of Spring semester (August 15th) of next year.
  • Before the Medical Physics graduate program was accredited by CAMPEP, applicants applied for the Biomedical Engineering graduate program’s start-up Medical Physics concentration.
  ADMISSION GRADUATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIAL PLACEMENT
Year* # of Applicants** # of Offers # of Matriculates # of Graduates # passing Board Exam Any Part Residency Clinic MD/PhD Program Other
2006 1 0
2007 1 1 1
2008 2 0
2009 2 0
2010 2 0
2011 4 1 1 1 1 1
2012 4 1 1
2013 5 3 2
2014 15 3 2 1
2015 15 1 3 1
2016 14 2 1 1 1
2017 16 3 3
2018 18 2 1 3 1 2 1
2019 17 2 0 1 1 0 1

 

Table 3. Statistics for Certificate Program in Medical Physics in Biomedical Engineering, 2017-2019 (updated on Dec. 31st, 2019). Note:

  • Year means from the beginning of Fall semester (August 15th) in current year to the end of Spring semester (August 15th) of next year.
  ADMISSION GRADUATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIAL PLACEMENT
Year* # of Applicants** # of Offers # of Matriculates # of Graduates # passing Board Exam Any Part Residency Clinic MD/PhD Program Other
2017 3 2 2
2018 2 2 1 2 1 1
2019 1 1 1 1 2 2