Community

In addition to education and research, members of our program actively engage in our community, both socially and professionally. We serve as leaders at national and international organizations. At the local level, we participate in events at schools and support charitable causes. Here are just a few examples of how Duke Medical Physics has given back to the community.


 

During the COVID-19 crisis, our program worked together to support each other as well as our local community. Program faculty Fang-Fang Yin and the Duke Kunshan Medical Physics Alumni Club coordinated a donation of thousands of masks to Duke Hospital and our program. The masks were express shipped all the way from China early in the crisis when such supplies were particularly difficult to procure. In the pictures below, program coordinator Katherine Hand works on distributing the masks and models the proper way to wear them. Dr. Fulkerson, Executive Vice President of Duke University Health System, thanked Dr. Yin in a letter: "All across Duke Health, from the School of Medicine and School of Nursing to our research labs to the front lines of our clinics and hospitals, our clinicians, nurses, and researchers are mobilized and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with remarkable courage. Thanks to your gift of PPE, they are able to meet this unprecedented challenge safely, with determination and excellence."
 

 

In addition, a large team of students led by Jordan Houri banded together to make hundreds of face shields for clinics in underserved areas. They worked together via Zoom, as shown in the images below.

 


 

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni come together for our annual retreat held over several days in the countryside of NC. Each year, we focus on a different theme, such as "Leadership" in 2016 and "Achieving Excellence" in 2017.

 


 

Our students begin to contribute while they are still in school. Many have taken leadership roles in professional societies, not only to represent the voice of students, but also to help craft the future of our field. In this short video, alum Chu Wang PhD explains why this was an important role for him.

 


 

Program faculty Ehsan Samei and Madan Rehani co-chaired the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting entitled: "Patient Dose Monitoring and the Use of Diagnostic Reference Levels for Optimization of Protection in Medical Imaging." Attendees from 30 countries discussed the need to monitor radiation dose from diagnostic imaging exams, and how to use that information to improve image quality and patient safety. The meeting took place May 30 to June 3, 2016 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. (Photo: IAEA)

 

 


 

Program Director Ehsan Samei and Associate Director Fang-Fang Yin currently serve as board members-at-large of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, the largest professional organization for medical physicists. Other faculty, alumni, and students also participate in multiple leadership roles, not only at AAPM but also numerous other professional organizations. Here Dr. Samei relaxes with board members after a 26-mile bike ride at the AAPM Summer School 2016. (Photo: Anuj Kapadia)

 


 

On our Annual Science Day, Duke medical physics students shared their knowledge and love of physics with kids in Hillandale Elementary School, Durham NC. (Photos: Taoran Li)

 


 

The Duke Medical Physics Team "T2 Stars" (it's an imaging joke) have participated since 2012 in the Angels Among Us 5K races, raising several thousand dollars for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center .