Program evolution and history
In 2006, Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) entered into negotiations to offer a graduate degree in medical physics; the newly created program was called the Oregon Medical Physics Program (OMPP). The OMPP is the only CAMPEP-accredited program in the Pacific Northwest. The motivation behind this joint degree program was, and continues to be, born of a desire to tap into local experts in radiation physics (OSU) and medicine (OHSU). Our goal is to offer an optimal educational experience for future clinical and research medical physicists. Initially accredited by CAMPEP in 2011, the program has grown to a current enrollment of 15-20 students. In 2014, the OMPP added a track in diagnostic imaging physics. Additionally, in an effort to increase the time students spend in the clinic, students began matriculating directly to OHSU in 2016, where they remain for the entirety of their degree program. This allows students to establish their research projects and root their understanding in clinical medical physics at Oregon’s only academic hospital.
Program goals and objectives
The OMPP has one simply-stated goal (and a few basic objectives), which align directly with CAMPEP's published standards.
The OMPP's overarching goal is:
To provide education, clinic-based training, and experience to our medical physics students in order to prepare them for success in their future careers.
The following basic objectives are the drivers for achieving this goal:
To demonstrate consistent practices which reinforce safety, continual learning, collegiality, and ethical behavior at all times
To teach the theoretical underpinnings of the processes involved in clinical medical physics so students are equipped to make accurate judgment calls when confronted with clinical problems
To prepare graduates for the clinical rigors of residency through a combination of didactic and hands-on therapeutic and diagnostic medical physics course work in a large hospital setting
To expose students to a wide array of educational references, research areas, and clinical situations, which will allow them the breadth of information to choose the area in medical physics that suits their interests and abilities
To critique students in didactic, research, and clinical work in an effort to establish truthful self-assessment within each individual
To encourage innovative and clinically translatable research, providing students with the guidance and tools to accomplish their research goals
To integrate an ethical framework within education and practice which makes teamwork and self-awareness inextricable components in medical physics practice