Facilities at Penn
Medical Physics Programs students are introduced to both clinical and research aspects of medical physics through the University of Pennsylvania Health System's state-of-the-art medical imaging and therapy facilities, all of which are within a 10-minute walk of each other on the main campus in University City.
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- University of Pennsylvania Health System: A state-of-the-art medical imaging and therapy facility
- Penn’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM): An outpatient facility designed to create an ideal environment for patient-focused care and collaboration among healthcare professionals
- Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center: Housed in PCAM, a world leader in cancer research, patient care and education
- Department of Radiation Oncology: Dedicated to a three-part mission of excellence in patient care, basic and translational research, and the education of residents and medical students
- Roberts Proton Therapy Center: The largest and most advanced facility in the world for this precise form of cancer radiation
Master of Medical Physics information session
Learn all about the Master of Medical Physics Programs at the University of Pennsylvania. In this five-part series, Dr. Stephen Avery, Director of the Master of Medical Physics Programs and an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, takes you from the early history of radiation oncology to the modern facilities of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Dr. Avery also discusses curriculum and admissions requirements for the program.
You may navigate to individual chapters by clicking the links below, or play from the beginning with the embedded player below.
- Part One: Introduction
- Part Two: MMP on Penn's Campus
- Part Three: Roberts Proton Therapy Center
- Part Four: Program Intent
- Part Five: Admissions Requirements
Treating Cancer Using Proton Therapy: Video
In this video, Dr. Stephen Avery, Director of the Master of Medical Physics Programs, discusses treating cancer using proton therapy and creating a dedicated PET device. He also takes you on a tour of the cyclotron at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center.
Physics and Radiation Departments
The Medical Physics Programs provide students pursuing their medical physics degree with the opportunity to work closely with the following departments housed in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, Penn Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Some of the faculty teaching in the Medical Physics Programs are based in these departments, and provide students with both research and practicum opportunities. Additionally, students gain insights into the practical applications of the Medical Physics master’s degree through their interaction with these faculty members and by reading their research.
- Department of Bioengineering
- Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Department of Radiology
- Medical Imaging Processing Group
Medical Physics residency program at Penn
The CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics residency program in radiation oncology is a comprehensive two-year program designed to educate and train physicists in all aspects of modern radiation oncology physics. The residency program provides didactic instruction in medical physics, anatomy and radiation biology, and clinical experience in a wide spectrum of clinical physics problems, as well as preparation for the American Board of Radiology certification exams.
In addition to clinical and research opportunities available throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Medical Physics program works in collaboration with a variety of area hospitals to offer our students additional practicum experiences and hands-on medical physics training. Our partner facilities currently include:
- Albert Einstein Memorial Hospital
- Bryn Mawr Hospital
- Abington Memorial Hospital
- Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital
- 21st Century Oncology
In the news
Members of the Penn Medical Physics Program describe their recently published article “Acoustic Waves Characterize Proton Beams.” Read the article on MedicalPhysicsWeb.
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) offers opportunities for undergraduate students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility.
The Summer Undergraduate Program for Educating Radiation Scientists (SUPERS) program at Penn is for undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in radiation-related sciences.
For guidelines on getting started as a new Penn student, choosing classes, reviewing policies and more, refer to the Medical Physics Programs Student Handbook (PDF).