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12/30/2008 - Tomosynthesis Imaging Symposium announced
Duke Advanced Imaging Labs and Medical Physics Graduate Program are co-sponsoring a special conference in spring entitled Tomosynthesis Imaging Symposium 2009: Frontiers in Research and Clinical Applications, to be held at Duke on Apr 30 - May 2, 2009. Check out the website for more information!
12/13/2008 - Holiday Party
Our annual holiday party was held at the home of program director Jim Dobbins. Approximately 70 people came to enjoy the food, beverages, and good company. Check out scenes from the party in this photo album. The highlight of the evening was the charity auction organized by Ph.D. student Vorakarn Chanyavanich, who also served as the auctioneer. Students and faculty helped to donate over 20 items or services. Together, we helped to raise over $1200 for the Durham Food Bank and the Durham Rescue Mission.
The variety of auctioned goods and services included Thai, Russian, and Chinese gourmet dinners, salsa dancing lessons, a wine tasting event, holiday baked goods, event photography, a fishing trip, a sailing excursion, a commissioned oil painting, personal training, and a family history search. The highlight of the live auction were two live giant lobsters, won by Josh Wilson and Dr. Ehsan Samei.
9/23/2008 - Open House announced for 10/17/2008
The Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program is pleased to announce its open house for prospective graduate students on Friday Oct 17, 2008, from 11AM-6PM. You are invited to attend to learn more about the program, specifically you may:
- visit departments and labs
- talk with faculty and students
- learn about financial aid and scholarships
- tour the campus
- have dinner and socialize with medical physics students
Aug 2008 - CAMPEP Accreditation!
The medical physics graduate program at Duke is proud to announce that it has officially received its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP), for both MS and PhD study. Our accreditation is effective Jan 1, 2008 through Dec 31, 2012. This accreditation means that our students will now qualify for the changes in board eligibility that are coming in 2012.
8/25/2008 - Fall 2008 schedule
This fall we offer 10 classes:MEDPHY 200 RADIATION PHYSICS MEDPHY 205 ANAT/PHYSIOL MED PHYS MEDPHY 230 MOD DIAG IMAGING SYSTEMS MEDPHY 251 SEMINARS IN MEDICAL PHYSICS MEDPHY 312 RADIOBIOLOGY I MEDPHY 313 RADIOBIOLOGY II MEDPHY 322 ADV PHOTON BEAM RAD THERAPY MEDPHY 328 CLINICAL PRACTICUM (RT) MEDPHY 331 ADV MED IMAGING PHYSICS MEDPHY 348 CLINICAL PRACTICUM & SHADOWING (NM)
May 2008 - Awards for 2007-2008 Academic Year
- Excellence in Teaching Award: Shiva Das
- Excellence in Mentorship Award: Ehsan Samei
- Exemplary Service Award: Fang-Fang Yin, James MacFall, Timothy Turkington, Victor Hosfeld, David Sterling
- Floyd Fellowship: Justin Roper
- Excellence in Research Award for MS student: Benjamin Pollard
- Excellence in Research Award for PhD student: Lei Ren
- Excellence in Academic Performance Award, 1st year student: Jessica Nute
- Excellence in Academic Performance Award , 2nd year student: Harold Park
1/8/2008 - Spring 2008 classes
For this spring, we continue to offer a rich variety of classes, they are listed below by course number, title, and instructor:
- MEDPHY 210 Radiation Protection (Yoshizumi)
- MEDPHY 220 Radiation Therapy Physics (Oldham)
- MEDPHY 241 Nuclear Medicine Physics (Turkington)
- MEDPHY 251 Seminars in Medical Physics (Lo/Oldham)
- MEDPHY 323 Advanced Brachytherapy and Special Procedures (Yin)
- MEDPHY 328 Clinical Practicum in Radiation Therapy (Z. Wang/Wu)
- MEDPHY 332 Molecular Imaging Seminar (Mukundan)
- MEDPHY 338 Clinical Practicum in Diagnostic Imaging (Trahey)
1/8/2008 - Seminars in Medical Physics
The full seminar schedule is now finalized. Here are just some highlights. We kick off with Dr. Tourassi's biostats talk, part 2 of 2 which we will likely repeat every 2 years to make sure every MS class gets it. Trust me, you'll thank her later in life.
Every semester we will bring you at least 1 talk by an MD, this semester we have 2: Dr. Jaffe on imaging for abdominal pain in pregnancy, and Dr. Chin from nukes in a few weeks.
We are starting a few new themed series. Every semester we will present a "hot topic" discussion covering controversial and important issues in med phys. As introduced in Dr. Jaffe's talk, CT dose is the big issue today when it comes to pediatric imaging. Drs. Frush and Yoshizumi will present both sides of this issue.
We also begin a series we're calling RT Clinical Practice Lectures, where we will invite our RT clinical faculty to share their practical expertise. Kicking this series off will be Dr. Sua Yoo who will talk about her recent advanced training course in Varian gating systems. This is cutting edge practical clinical insights that very few people in the country are privy to.
We will have 2 student-driven sessions. The first will be 2/14 just before the SPIE Medical Imaging conference, when 3 MEDPHY & BME students will share with you their research while practicing their talks. The second will be 3/6 during the Open House, when MEDPHY students will present posters for each other as well as our visitors.
We are pleased to be able to host 2 outside speakers this semester, Drs. Charles Mistretta and David Townsend, who will be coming near the end of the semester.
Finally, we round out the schedule with research-oriented talks by our own faculty, including Dr. Martin Tornai on multimodality breast imaging, Dr. Joseph Lo on breast tomosynthesis imaging, and Dr. Ehsan Samei on dose and quality optimization of imaging systems.
1/1/2008 - Holiday party
The medical physics faculty and students gather at Dr. Samei's house on Dec 8 for our annual holiday party. Here are just some snapshots. Left: program director Dr. Dobbins chatting with several faculty and students. Center and right: students awaiting the outcome of the "white elephant" gift drawing.