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Summary of Proposal for Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke Kunshan University (MPGP-DKU) Fang-Fang Yin, PhD James Dobbins, PhD Nora Bynum, PhD

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1 Summary of Proposal for Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke Kunshan University (MPGP-DKU)
Fang-Fang Yin, PhD James Dobbins, PhD Nora Bynum, PhD

2 What is Medical Physics?
An interdisciplinary, cutting-edge field at the intersection of physics, engineering, and medicine Medical physics provides the key science behind three notable specialties of modern medicine: Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Nuclear Medicine and contributes substantially to others: Cardiology, Molecular Medicine, … Fulfilling careers in academia, clinical work, industry, government labs

3 Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke
James T. Dobbins III, PhD, FAAPM – Director Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke Approved by Board of Trustees in 2004; in 9th academic year Balanced MS and PhD training programs 2nd largest graduate program in the U.S. Among the top 3 or 4 programs in quality Draws 50 faculty from 5 departments 59 students in ; >120 grads; excellent placement Outstanding scholarly output: >400 publications and presentations by students A leader in the national MP educational enterprise

4 Rationale for Proposed M.S. Degree in Medical Physics at DKU
The need for medical physics professionals in China and other Asian countries Growing facilities need scientifically prepared practitioners China alone needs >1500 medical physicists by 2020 Opportunities for Duke medical physics faculty Enriching teaching and research experiences/collaborations Advancing best practices via Duke-DKU exchanges Furthering the Duke mission Civic and global engagement Promoting and enhancing Duke brand of academic quality

5 Master of Science (M.S.) Curriculum 40 credit hours; 2 years
Emphasize 3 tracks (from existing 4 at Duke) Radiation therapy • Imaging • Nuclear medicine Hours Activity 18 6 core courses 7 Required seminars and practicum courses 9 1 track-specific, 1 elective, and 1 frontier course 6 Thesis research OR Scholarly paper plus additional track-specific course Optional summer internship program

6 Class Size, Timing and Location
Class size (5-year): 15, 15, 15, 18, 20 per year 1st year Fall: Courses at DKU 1st year Spring: Courses at DKU June to Dec.: Research and courses at Duke 2nd year Fall: Qualifying exam to graduate (or to move to Duke PhD) 2nd year Spring: Research and courses at DKU Completing and defending thesis Research work could be done at Duke campus or DKU affiliated hospitals or DKU campus

7 Teaching and Mentoring: Faculty
All faculty members will be Duke Faculty or DKU/Adjunct faculty approved by Duke graduate school All courses will be taught in English Flexible schedule for courses Classroom teaching Locally hired DKU faculty or adjunct faculty Faculty at Durham travelling to DKU (pool of 27 faculty) Faculty at Durham via remote learning tools (Seminar) Co-mentorship for each student: Durham faculty as primary advisor (in Durham or visitation) DKU-faculty or DKU adjunct faculty as co-advisor (at DKU) Quality of research: presented in national or international meetings (ideally write up a manuscript for publication)

8 Duke Quality and Ethical Standards
Academic quality Initial Durham based Director (MPAC selected Fang-Fang Yin) Durham MPAC oversight 3rd semester at Durham with co-mentorship arrangement Duke graduate school re-evaluation after 3 years Ethical and scientific integrity training Mandatory training at beginning of program Research design ethics Duke IRB or IACUC approval for ALL projects involving human subjects or animals Additional required local approvals to meet regulatory and ethics requirements for projects in China or other countries At a MINIMUM, all projects will meet Duke IRB/IACUC standards

9 Financial Model Major income
Tuition (tuition minus scholarships: ~$1.3 million steady state) Major expenses (~$0.8 million steady state) Faculty teaching and administrative effort Administrative staff Operational/office expenses Faculty mentoring and travel – minor Notes on the financial model Financial model prepared with assistance of budget staff in Provost’s office Program covers direct costs including start up by fifth year Contribution to overall DKU expenses built into budget Any surplus from program remains in China; however, Duke bills DKU for all necessary expenses of Durham program, including faculty time DKU and Provost will backstop finances; no negative impact on finances of Durham program

10 Thank you for your attention

11 Course and Research Activities
Semester Class Course Instructors Fall 2014 (3-6 faculty on site + adjunct faculty) 2014 Anatomy and Physiology Zhang, MD PhD (A)/Mcclearn, PhD (D) Radiation Physics Kapadia, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty Diagnostic Imaging MacFall/Bowsher, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty Spring 2015 Therapy Physics Oldham, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty Nuclear Medicine Bowsher/Martin, PhD (D) Radiation Protection Hu (A)/DKU Faculty Summer&Fall 2015 To Duke DKU faculty visit Duke Fall 2015 2015 Spring 2016 (6-9 faculty on site + adjunct faculty) Research Mentors (Duke visitation and DKU) Special procedures Yin/Chang/Cai (D) Advanced Imaging Do (A)/Bowsher (D) – MRI-PET/SPECT Fall & Spring All Medical Physics Seminar Remote with Duke

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