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Applying to Medical Physics 2009

Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:59 pm
by techodestructo
What's happenin folks. I would like to start a discussion for those applying to BMP/BME this year. I know there's a lot of us, since each program I've applied to says they're receiving a record number of applications!

Share your cents! let us know your research interests, programs your applying to, praises, gripes, etc...

Re: Applying to Medical Physics 2009

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:23 pm
by audreyh
hey,

record number huh? bleh.
I'll get back to you once I'm not way behind on these apps :)

good luck!

what programs are you applying to and what kinda research are you interested in?

Re: Applying to Medical Physics 2009

Posted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:28 pm
by boomsdaydevice
I'm kinda interested in roughly the intersection area between biophysics and what i think is usually called medical physics. but i've seen the latter term used a couple different ways, so i'm not positive. but I'm applying to regular physics phd programs (that have this kind of research being done) so i can change my mind seven or eight times.

Re: Applying to Medical Physics 2009

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:35 am
by techodestructo
it seems that pursuing a pure physics phd does allow for more changes down the road. I am really hesitant to apply for medical physics for that reason! i am a bit scared devote wholly to a single discipline. I have applied to wisc, chicago, ucla, and mit medical physics (originally applied to radiological sciences at mit until i realized that major is no longer offered!) I'm not yet sure on research interests. mri sequence designing is fun, but i have never tried dosimetry or therapy calculations. i know that there are folks within berkeley nuc eng that study a lot of numerical methods for dose calculations, seems very interesting!

other programs applied to: stanford applied physics, berkeley bioengineering. I'm scared too!

here is a cut & paste of a FAQ from the wisconsin medical physics


How competitive is admission to the University of WI – Madison Medical Physics program?
Admission to the Medical Physics program has become increasingly competitive in recent years. Statistics for the past 7 years are:
Year Applied Accepted Admitted International
2008 185 41 23 23%
2007 154 43 26 32%
2006 164 37 22 26%
2005 133 34 20 23%
2004 140 30 23 0%
2003 94 25 19 20%
2002 42 25 12 23%

Re: Applying to Medical Physics 2009

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 3:48 am
by techodestructo
audreyh wrote:
I'll get back to you once I'm not way behind on these apps :)



catch up on your apps! i know they're extremely annoying when you're trying to juggle a full-time course load and/or work, but you'll feel better when they're done. How many freaking worthless drop-down menus can they come up with??

good luck to you too!

Re: Applying to Medical Physics 2009

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:41 pm
by Excalibur1986
Did anyone else who applied to the biomedical physics program at UCLA get invited to Candidates' day in February?