Medical Physics

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Medical Physics

Location

Location

  • Medical Physics Unit
  • Montreal General Hospital
  • Livingston Hall, Room L5-113
  • 1650 Cedar Avenue
  • Montreal, QC H3G 1A4
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-934-1934 ext. 44158
  • Fax: 514-934-8229
  • Email: mak [at] medphys.mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.medphys.mcgill.ca

About Medical Physics

About Medical Physics

The Medical Physics Unit offers an M.Sc. in Medical Radiation Physics. Facilities are available for students to undertake a Ph.D. in Medical Physics through the Department of Physics.

The Unit is a teaching and research unit concerned with the application of physics and related sciences in medicine, especially (but not exclusively) in radiation medicine; i.e., radiation oncology, medical imaging, and nuclear medicine.

The research interests of members of the Unit include various aspects of medical imaging, including 3D imaging, the development of new imaging modalities, and applications of imaging in radiation therapy; radiation dosimetry, solid state, electret, and NMR systems; nuclear cardiology; and applications of radiation biology to therapy.

The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Medical Physics are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc., sponsored by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the American College of Medical Physics (ACMP), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM).

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Medical Radiation Physics (Thesis) (60 credits)
This two-year program provides a comprehensive introduction to the academic, research, and practical aspects of physics applied to radiation medicine. Students may go on to careers in clinical service as medical physicists in research-oriented hospital settings after clinical residency training; may consider development careers in industry in radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, or nuclear medicine or nuclear energy; or in governmental organizations as radiation safety experts, etc.; or in academic careers in university, industry, or government organizations. Our graduate programs are accredited by CAMPEP (Commission for Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs). Medical Physicists must go through CAMPEP training (M.Sc. or Ph.D., followed by a residency training) to be eligible to sit certification exams. Certification is becoming a mandatory requirement for eligibility to practise in a clinical environment. The McGill M.Sc. program is research oriented, which has the additional advantage that the roads toward a Ph.D., followed by academic, industry, or clinical careers, are wide open. The practical and laboratory sections of the program are conducted in various McGill teaching hospitals.

The program comprises:

  1. didactic courses in radiation physics, radiation dosimetry, the physics of nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology, medical imaging, medical electronics and computing, radiation biology, and radiation hazards and protection;
  2. seminars in radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, and miscellaneous aspects of medical physics, e.g., lasers;
  3. laboratory courses in radiation dosimetry and medical imaging;
  4. an individual research thesis.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Medical Physics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Medical Physics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Candidates applying to the M.Sc. program must normally hold a B.Sc. degree (Honours or Major) in Physics or Engineering, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 (minimum of 70%).

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs. Then select the appropriate program.

Students are admitted to the M.Sc. program only to start in the Fall term (in September) of a given academic year. Applications for consideration for the Fall term of 2012 must be completed by January 15, 2012.

Applications being made to McGill University graduate programs for September 2012 can only be made online via McGill’s website. For information regarding the application procedure and to access the application form, please go to www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply or go directly to the Medical Physics Unit admissions website at www.medphys.mcgill.ca and click on Academic and then Admissions Information.

Only complete applications will be considered. Interested candidates should (a) ask their university(ies) to send two originals of each transcript, and (b) request that original confidential letters of recommendation be sent by professors familiar with their work. Letters must be originals, must be dated within the last two years, and must be written on official university letterhead, otherwise they will not be accepted. The application fee of $100 may be remitted in either Canadian or U.S. funds. When preparing the online application form, the application fee is remitted via a valid credit card. Applicants must either complete the "Applicant Statement" portion of the online application, or alternatively may submit a one-page "Statement of Interest" as part of their supporting documentation.

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone) must submit documented proof of competency in English by a TOEFL, iBT, or IELTS. The original test report must be sent by the testing centre, i.e., a photocopy sent by the applicant is not acceptable. The test must have been taken within the two years prior to date of application review, i.e., not prior to April 2009. Applicants from some countries are exempt from providing evidence of English language proficiency. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/requirements/proficiency.

All supporting application materials should be sent directly to the Administrative Coordinator, Medical Physics Unit, and should reach the Department by January 15, 2012.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Medical Physics Faculty

Medical Physics Faculty

Director
J.P.F. Seuntjens
Emeritus Professor
E.B. Podgorsak; Dipl.Ing.(Ljubljana), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Wisc.), F.C.C.P.M., F.A.A.P.M., D.A.B.M.P., D.A.B.R.
Professors
S.M. Lehnert; B.Sc.(Nott.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Lond.)
G.B. Pike; B.Eng.(St. John's), M.Eng., Ph.D.(McG.)
J.P.F. Seuntjens; M.Sc., Ph.D.(Ghent), F.C.C.P.M., F.A.A.P.M
Associate Professor
I. El Naqa; B.Sc., M.S.(Jordan), Ph.D.(Chic.), M.A.(Wash.), D.A.B.R.
Assistant Professor
M.D.C. Evans; B.A.(Qu.), M.Sc.(McG.), F.C.C.P.M.
Lecturers
F. DeBlois, S. Devic, A. Gauvin, G. Hegyi, C. Janicki, J. Kildea, P. Léger, W.A. Parker, H.J. Patrocinio, R. Ruo, G. Stroian
Associate Members
A. Reader, R.B. Richardson, E. Soisson, N. Tomic, W. Wierzbicki
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Medical Radiation Physics (Thesis) (60 credits)

Faculty of Medicine—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)