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 degrees offered are (1) PhD in Medical Physics, (2) PhD degree specializing in Radiation Biophysics, (3) combined medical residency PhD degree (Radiology or Radiation Oncology)in Human Imaging,(4) PhD degree specializing in Neuroimaging Science, (5) Master of Science degree specializing in Medical Health Physics.
NEWS OF INTEREST
Hamza Alizal, 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".
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on 7 presentations at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America held in Chicago, IL. Follow this link to see a complete list of the RSNA 2013 Presentations.
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on 17 presentations at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Follow this link to see a complete list of the AAPM 2013 Presentations.
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on 4 presentations at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping that was held June 16-20, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Follow this link to see a complete list of the OHBM 2013 Presentations.
Radiological Sciences graduate students were co-authors on 13 presentations at the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Follow this link to see a complete list of the ISMRM 2013 Presentations.
Sunil Valaparla, a fourth year student in Diagnostic Imaging Physics, was awarded an American Heart Association South Central Affiliate's Winter 2012 Pre-doctoral Fellowship for his research project entitled "MRI and MRS of Vastus Lateralis Muscle Lipids in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus".
Daniel Barron, a fourth year student in Human Imaging (MD/PhD program), was awarded a NIH F31 Fellowship for his research project entitled, "Quantififcation of Thalamic Atrophy and Connectivity in Medical Temporal Lobe Epilepsy".
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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, Imaging Neuroscience, Translational Imaging and Radiation Science and Radiation Biophysics. 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.
Tracks for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree
- PhD degree specializing in Radiation Therapy Physics
- PhD degree specializing in Medical Diagnostic 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
- Medical Diagnostic Physics - 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). Since then, two additional training programs, in Human Imaging and Neuroscience Imaging have been added. The Graduate Program has a total of 73 graduates, 53 with from the PhD program and 20 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 Medical Center of the Bexar County Hospital District
- Brooke Army Medical Center
- Wilford Hall Medical Center (US Air Force)
- Texas Cancer Center
- South Texas Oncology & Hematology
Training Programs and Grants
- Multi-Disciplinary Human Imaging Program (expired)
- Increasing Minority Representation in Medical Physics (expired)
- CPRIT Cancer Research Training Award (in hiatus)
- Translational Science Training (TST) Across Disciplines
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.
Kimberly Ray: 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
PROPOSED PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATE IN MEDICAL PHYSICS (D.M.P.)PROGRAM
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