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).
Kristen Cline, 2nd 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.
Pavel Rodriguez,Human Imaging (Resident/PhD) student, received an NIH R25 award from NIBIB under a program entitled, Research Training for Radiology Residents, San Antonio, Texas. The Human Imaging(Resident/PhD) track 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 19 presentations at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine held July 12-16 in Anaheim, CA. Follow this link to see a complete list of the AAPM 2015 Presentations.
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on three presentations at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping that was held June 14-18, 2015 in Honolulu, HI. Follow this link to see a complete list of the OHBM 2015 Presentations.
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on 3 presentations at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine held in Toronto, Ontario. Follow this link to see a complete list of the ISMRM 2015 Presentations.
Anderson Kuo,Human Imaging (Resident/PhD) student, presented his research in a talk entitled, "Accelerated Aging of Cardiac Function in Offspring of Undernourished Pregnant Baboons", at the 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Investigation, held March 25-28 in San Francisco, CA.
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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
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:
- South Texas Veterans Health Care System(STVHCS)
- Texas Diabetes Institute (at the Bexar County University Health System)
- Institute for the Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS)
- U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (Joint Base San Antonio)
- Texas Biomedical Research Institute(including the Southwest National Primate Research Center)
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 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.
*****APPLICATION TO GRADUATE SCHOOL*****
FOLLOW THIS LINK to the official online application for University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 2016. All applications must be submitted online.
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 2016-2017 school year with a deadline of February 1, 2016.
As part of the application, potential students are required to submit a GRE score (for a test taken with the past 5 years), university transcripts and three letters of recommendation. We note that the average GRE score has been greater than 330 (V+Q) with Quantitative scores often >155. An analytical writing score of >4.0 is considered a plus. Also, the mean undergraduate GPA was 3.34 for students enrolling in our program over the past five years. The TOEFL score requirement for international students is a minimum 560 for the paper test, 220 for the computer test and 68 for the internet test. (The UTHSCSA code for both GRE and TEOFL is #6908). If you have a degree from a University in an English-speaking country the TOEFL requirement may be waived.
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.
Kristen Cline, a second-year student in the Medical Physics track (Radiation Therapy Physics), is the 2015- 2016 Student Representative to the Radiological Sciences COGS.
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