Data Analysis for Patient Safety in Medical Physics - MDPH 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: John Kildea

Supervisor's Email: john.kildea [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 5149341934 ex 44154

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Medical Physics

Course number: MDPH 396 (Medical Physics)

Term: Fall 2015-2016

Project start date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Project end date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Project title: Data Analysis for Patient Safety in Medical Physics

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Modern radiotherapy involves complex treatment plans that are customized for each individual patient. Each plan incorporates multiple physical parameters that depend on the patient anatomy, the disease and the treatment technique involved. Patient safety is of utmost importance and each radiation oncology treatment plan is checked by a number of people including physicians, dosimetrists, physicists and therapists before reaching the patient. Various plan checking aids are available and range from simple check lists to automated reports.
This project will involve gathering data for development of a benchmark plan checking aid. The goal is to model data from existing treatment plans and use them to benchmark future plans. New plans that are significantly divergent from the model should be flagged and questioned as potential errors.
The student will work on gathering existing data and determining appropriate benchmark models that may be incorporated into a future automated plan checking aid.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final Report: 50% ; Meeting milestones and actively participating in research: 25% ; Quality of programming: 25%

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply / Next steps: contact john.kildea [at]

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.