Stanford Certificate Program in Medical Physics

Message from Certificate Program Director

The Medical Physics Certificate Program (MPCP) is a rigorous two-year (CAMPEP-accreditation pending) didactic training program, meticulously designed and administered by the Departments of Radiation Oncology & Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. The curriculum covers essential medical physics topics, aligning with AAPM guidelines and including courses in Medical Physics and Dosimetry, Radiation Therapy Physics, Radiation Biology and Protection, Imaging and Image-Based Anatomy, and Medical Imaging Systems  l & ll. Courses are taught by experienced faculty from the departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, bringing real-world expertise to the classroom. The program is passionately committed to equipping students with the scientific knowledge needed for advanced studies, research, and successful careers in clinical medical physics. The program aims to foster in-depth understanding of patient safety, proficiency in physics and mathematics, ethical professionalism, effective communication skills, and a holistic perspective on medical physics. Join us on your journey to becoming a highly skilled and sought-after medical physicist!

*The certificate program is currently CAMPEP accreditation pending.

Mission

Our mission serves a dual purpose:

(1) to enable students to pursue advanced education, both foundational and applied, to lead groundbreaking research in medical physics, and

(2) to facilitate their seamless transition into medical physics residencies, culminating in rewarding careers in clinical medical physics.

Admission Requirements

To gain admission to the Stanford University’s MPCP, applicants must hold a PhD degree in physics or a closely related field. 

Admission Process

  • Deadline
    The applicants are required to submit the application package before March 1st each year cycle, but off-cycle admissions are possible for highly qualified candidates. 
  • Application Material
    The received application package should include the following at a minimum:
  1. Transcripts that show undergraduate and obtained/expected PhD degree, 
  2. A detailed CV that list relevant research experience, publications, awards and skills,
  3. Statement of purpose,
  4. Two letters of recommendation,
  5. Any additional application materials you would like to include
  • Application Review Process
    The application will be reviewed by the Certificate Program Steering Committee to assess whether the applicant satisfies the required admission criteria. The Program Director will notify the admitted applicants at least three months before each academic year starts (usually late September). The MPCP is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Please use the application link below to apply to the certificate program.
  • https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/678f48c7a0b64c0f80c835271d9d1c34

Financial Support and Opportunities

  • Financial support for students in the MPCP is a crucial aspect of our commitment to facilitating academic and research excellence. Detailed information regarding tuition fees can be found here.
  • Our program, a permanent and integral part of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, benefits from these departments' rich history of funding and research activities, particularly for postdoctoral fellows. Hence, financial support may be available from primary research advisors. For those seeking postdoctoral fellowships, numerous options are accessible through various training grants across laboratories and programs within the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology. We encourage you to explore available opportunities and apply for these positions here. Postdoctoral fellows receive benefits in line with those provided to other Stanford University employees, separate from their participation in the MPCP. We are dedicated to helping our fellows access the financial resources they need to excel in their academic and research endeavors.

Curriculum

The core medical physics curriculum outlined by CAMPEP is comprehensively addressed through six didactic courses, which are overseen by the Departments of Radiation Oncology & Radiology. These six courses are:

  • BMP251 Medical Physics and Dosimetry
  • BMP252 Radiation Therapy Physics
  • BMP253 Radiation Biology and Protection
  • BMP220 Imaging and Image-Based Anatomy
  • BMP269A Medical Imaging Systems l
  • BMP269B Medical Imaging Systems ll

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the Stanford Certificate Program in Medical Physics, please forward your inquiries to:

Christina Gutierrez - cmarieg@stanford.edu

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