From Radiological Sciences
The graduate program in Radiological Sciences is designed to prepare students to participate in the development and transmission of scientific knowledge concerning the uses of radiant energy forms in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. The two degree programs are (1) PhD in Radiological Science with specializations in Medical Physics (CAMPEP accredited), Radiation Biology, Human Imaging,or Neuroscience Imaging Science and (2) Master of Science degree specializing in Medical Health Physics (CAMPEP accredited).
Dennis Stanley, 3rd year PhD student, was awarded a Cancer Research Training predoctoral fellowship from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). These grants are administered by the Cancer Therapy and Research Center and cover stipends, tuition/fees, health insurance, travel, and other trainee-related expenses.
The Graduate Program in Radiological Sciences received an NIH R25 award from NIBIB entitled, Research Training for Radiology Residents, San Antonio, Texas. The grant will fund two students per year who are in the Human Imaging(Resident/PhD) track, which incorporates the guidelines of the Holman pathway of the American Board of Radiology. Peter Fox, MD, Vice-Chair for Research in Radiology and Director of the Research Imaging Institute is the PI on the grant.
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on 14 presentations at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine held in Austin, Texas. Follow this link to see a complete list of the AAPM 2014 Presentations.
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on nine presentations at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping that was held June 8-12, 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. Follow this link to see a complete list of the OHBM 2014 Presentations.
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on 12 presentations at the Joint Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and the ESMRMB held in Milan, Italy. Follow this link to see a complete list of the ISMRM 2014 Presentations.
Hamza Alizai, MD, Radiology Resident and Human Imaging PhD student, received the RSNA's Resident Research Award, which includes $30,000 in funding for his project entitled, "Identification of Novel Biomarkers of Bone Strength and Fracture Risk via High Resolution, High Field MRI".
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AREAS OF STUDY
The curriculum is designed to develop a base of knowledge on radiation interactions and their biological consequences, imaging technologies and methods and biological principles that are important to biological imaging science. For convenience,students of the Radiological Sciences select areas of emphasis including Medical Physics, Neuroscience Imaging, Human Translational Imaging and Radiation Biology. The curriculum for each area provides opportunities for students to acquire a core of fundamental knowledge through a synergistic program of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities and hands-on research experiences. After completing core courses each student begins the Qualifying Examination process to be admitted into candidacy. Then, the research advisor assists in designing an individual course of study that is consistent with the student’s career goals.
List of formal courses
Curriculum Policy for instituting new courses or changes in existing courses.
- PhD degree specializing in Medical Physics
- PhD degree specializing in Radiation Biology
- PhD degree specializing in Human Imaging
- PhD degree specializing in Neuroscience Imaging
Click here for the listing of Sequential Procedures Required for Completing the PhD Program.
Tracks for the Master of Science (MS) Degree
- Medical Health Physics - MS Degree
- Radiation Therapy Physics - MS Degree New Students are no longer accepted into this program
- Medical Diagnostic Physics - MS Degree New Students are no longer accepted into this program
Click here for the listing of Sequential Procedures Required for Completing the MS Program.
Students who have a baccalaureate degree and wish to take selected graduate-level courses should read the following policy about APPLYING FOR NON-DEGREE STUDENT STATUS.
HISTORY AND ADMINISTRATION
The Graduate Program was approved by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), Regents of the University of Texas, and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education of the State of Texas in 1989. The Graduate Program began with a PhD & MS track in Medical Physics, a PhD track in Radiation Biology & a MS track in Medical Health Physics. In 1996, the Medical Physics tracks of the Graduate Program were accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). In 2014, the program was restructured to include Human Imaging and Neuroscience Imaging specializations. The Graduate Program has had over 150 graduates, with more than 100 from the PhD program and more than 40 from the MS program.
The Director of the Graduate Program administers the program while the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) sets policy and approves students' committee membership, qualifying exam committees and dissertation projects.
RESEARCH AND CLINICAL TRAINING
Major Research Facilities
- Radiology Department’s Division of Research
- UTHSCSA Research Imaging Institute (RII)
- Cancer Therapy and Research Center. (CTRC)
Other Research Facilities
These facilities are also available to students to gain both research and clinical experience:
- Audie Murphy VA Medical Center
- The University Health System of the Bexar County Hospital District
- Brooke Army Medical Center
- Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (US Air Force)
- South Texas Oncology & Hematology
Institutional Training Programs and Grants
- NIBIB Research Education Programs for Residents and Clinical Fellows (R25)
- CPRIT Research Training Award Continuation Grants
- Translational Science Training (TST) Across Disciplines
- Multi-Disciplinary Human Imaging Program (expired 2009)
- Increasing Minority Representation in Medical Physics (expired 2008)
Faculty Assignments There are currently 64 faculty members in the Radiological Sciences Graduate Program. The Program assigns faculty into two categories: Faculty Research Advisors and Faculty-at-Large. Faculty Research Advisors are defined as faculty teaching at least one course per year who are authorized to advise graduate students and chair thesis committees. Those members listed as Faculty-at-Large have at least two contact lecture hours per year and participate on thesis and dissertation committees. A faculty member listed as a Faculty Research Advisors shall serve as a Co-Director or Director of at least one course per year. The faculty assignments are reviewed each August by the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS).
Faculty Research Advisors Faculty members are assigned as “advisors” each semester to mentor students who have been accepted into the program. These faculty members are authorized to advise research theses and dissertations of students in radiological sciences. Students are notified of their advisor and are asked to schedule to meet with them. The student is asked to discuss study plans with their advisor at least once a year but preferably twice a year. Each student has the option at any time of changing faculty advisor simply by requesting the action in a formal letter to the COGS.
Faculty Research Advisors report on their students at the beginning of the calendar year to Chair of the Curriculum Committee, who then reports to COGS. If a student's progress is not acceptable, the advisor documents this and develops an action plan with the student. The student is given a year to improve and will then be re-evaluated.
The Graduate Program in Radiological Sciences reviews applications mostly for the Fall semester. Applications for the Spring semester may be reviewed under exceptional circumstances. The program does not accept applications for students to begin in the summer term.
Application to the graduate programs at UTHSCSA must be made through the on-line process. The on-line application can be found at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences website (bottom left-hand corner) to start the application process for the Fall semester of the 2011-2012 school year with a deadline of February 1, 2011.
Due to course scheduling, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Fall semester.
If all application material is not received by the specified deadline, an Admission Recommendation form is sent to the Associate Dean indicating rejection because of an incomplete application file, noting those items that are lacking. An applicant can reapply for the following year once all pending materials have been received.
Dennis Stanley : Student Representative to the Radiological Sciences COGS
The graduate program encourages inquires from prospective students. The Program Director or Academic Coordinator will send a reply, typically by e-mail, that informs the prospective student of application deadlines, admission requirements, academic backgrounds expected and the competitive nature of the admission process.
At the beginning of each academic year, students are provided with an Academic Schedule of Events for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Prior to the semester, students are given a course schedule. The student will register for courses online via the UTHSCSA Portal.
Teaching Assistantships (TA's)
A limited number of teaching assistantships (TA's) are offered each Fall semester to students who have been accepted into the program. Special Students are not eligible for teaching assistantships. The Graduate Program in Radiological Sciences does not offer funding to students pursuing a Master's degree. Although they are not members of the faculty, teaching assistants are expected to conform to the same standards of conduct in the performance of their academic duties as are members of the faculty and shall respect the rights and opinions of students and uphold the academic standards of the University.
University guidelines for formatting of the thesis/dissertation, timeline for graduation, and required forms
(This is in addition to departmental requirements.)
GRADUATE SCHOOL LINKS
PhD in Radiation Therapy Physics • PhD in Medical Diagnostic Physics • PhD in Radiation Biology • PhD in Human Imaging • PhD in Neuroscience Imaging • MS in Medical Health Physics • MS in Radiation Therapy Physics • MS in Medical Diagnostic Physics