Student Stats on Admission and Placement

First, the big picture: Our graduates have found successful placement in a diverse variety of positions. Many alumni are now serving as clinical medical physicists in institutions such as Duke, St. Jude Children's Hospital (Memphis), Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York), St. Vincent Hospital (Indianapolis), Atlas Medical Physics (Newport Beach), Northwest Medical Physics Center (Washington State), US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the US Air Force, to name just a few. For further training, our MS graduates have matriculated into PhD or MD programs, and both MS and PhD students have entered into residency programs at Duke, MD Anderson, UCLA, Henry Ford, Washington University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and many other prestigious institutions. Our graduates have found academic positions at Duke, MD Anderson, Cleveland State (in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic), and other institutions. Finally, graduates have found unique opportunities like the Cancer Research Training Award at NIH, Edison Engineering Development Program of GE Healthcare, Instructor of Technical Training at Varian Medical Systems, and McKinsey Consulting.

The following charts break down the initial jobs for our MS and PhD students. The pie charts show percentages, then the same data is shown as absolute numbers of students in the stacked columns. (All numbers come from Tables 3 and 4 below.) 

The majority of our MS graduates have gone on to clinical physics positions. Although residency training is the most popular initial placement for PhD students, there are actually many more MS graduates. So among our graduates who have gone on to a residency, 2/3 have been MS students.

Detailed Statistics

Additional statistics are provided below that separate our students by MS or PhD program and by class year. Tables 1 and 2 describe admissions statistics for MS and PhD students. Tables 3 and 4 show initial job placement for MS and PhD graduates. Finally, Table 5 shows current job placement for both groups.

Table 1. Admission Statistics for MS applicants

Category 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Applicants*  28 44 51 52 53 88 76 74 74 60 56 62
Admitted 24 26 32 35 40 54 39 37 34 33 38 46
Matriculated 16 13 15 16 8 28 14 18 17 16 13 16

*May include some applicants who originally applied to PhD program

Table 2. Admission Statistics for PhD applicants

Category 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Applicants  34 102 101 83 114 96 90 116 69 97 80 77
Admitted 10 11 12 11 8 6 8 10 9 9 8 8
Matriculated 6 4 7 8 5 4 4 6 6 5 6 6


Table 3. Initial Placement for MS Graduates

Category 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Cumulative
Clinical 10 10 6 7 5 15 5 2 4 2 66
Residency 0 0 3 1 2 4 2 6 3 4 25
PhD/MD 3 3 3 2 0 4 1 4 2 5 27
Academic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Industry 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 3 2 2 11
Other 0 0 2 1 1 3 2 1 4 3 17
TOTAL MS 13 13 15 13 8 26 11 16 16 16 147

 

Table 4. Initial Placement for PhD Graduates

Category 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Cumulative
Clinical 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 2 8
Residency 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 2 3 4 16
Industry 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 4
Academic 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 5
TOTAL PhD 0 0 1 6 4 2 5 4 4 7 33

 

Table 5. Current Jobs for MS and PhD Graduates

Category MS PhD Total
Clinical 82 16 98
Residency 15 6 21
PhD/MD 20 0 20
Industry 12 4 16
Academic 3 7 10
Other 15 0 15
All Categories 147 33 180

 

Some points to consider:

  • All data were updated Apr 11, 2017 and will be revised as additional data becomes available.
  • All job information is self-reported. Initial and current job stats differ because students switch categories during their careers. For example, a new graduate may begin as a clinical medical physicist, then become academic faculty later. Also, in current jobs, training categories such as "residency" and "PhD/MD" are temporary positions held only by a subset of recent graduates, and thus appear to be less well represented than in initial jobs.