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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. Collaborating with the Department of Radiation Oncology, Department of BME developed a series of courses to initiate a medical physics curriculum.

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, 2006-2020 (updated on Dec. 31st, 2020). Note:

  • 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 3 1
2017 5 4 1 2 3
2018 16 12 4
2019 11 8 2 4 2 1 1 1
2020 17 11 4 2 2 1

 

Table 2. Statistics for PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering - Medical Physics, 2006-2020 (updated on Dec. 31st, 2020). Note:

  • 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 1 1 1 1
2020 11 2 1 2 2

 

Table 3. Statistics for Certificate Program in Medical Physics in Biomedical Engineering, 2017-2020 (updated on Dec. 31st, 2020).

  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
2020 2 2 1 2