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

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

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 Approved by Board of Trustees in 2004; in 9 th academic year Balanced MS and PhD training programs 2 nd 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 James T. Dobbins III, PhD, FAAPM – Director

4 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 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 Emphasize 3 tracks (from existing 4 at Duke) Radiation therapy Imaging Nuclear medicine

6 Class Size, Timing and Location Class size (5-year):15, 15, 15, 18, 20 per year 1 st year Fall:Courses at DKU 1 st year Spring: Courses at DKU June to Dec.: Research and courses at Duke 2 nd year Fall:Qualifying exam to graduate (or to move to Duke PhD) 2 nd 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 3 rd 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 10 Thank you for your attention

11 11 SemesterClassCourseInstructors Fall 2014 (3-6 faculty on site + adjunct faculty) 2014Anatomy and PhysiologyZhang, MD PhD (A)/Mcclearn, PhD (D) 2014Radiation PhysicsKapadia, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty 2014Diagnostic ImagingMacFall/Bowsher, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty Spring 2015 (3-6 faculty on site + adjunct faculty) 2014Therapy PhysicsOldham, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty 2014Nuclear MedicineBowsher/Martin, PhD (D) 2014Radiation ProtectionHu (A)/DKU Faculty Summer&Fall To DukeDKU faculty visit Duke Fall 2015 (3-6 faculty on site + adjunct faculty) 2015Anatomy and PhysiologyZhang, MD PhD (A)/Mcclearn, PhD (D) 2015Radiation PhysicsKapadia, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty 2015Diagnostic ImagingMacFall/Bowsher, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty Spring 2016 (6-9 faculty on site + adjunct faculty) 2015Therapy PhysicsOldham, PhD (D)/DKU Faculty 2015Nuclear MedicineBowsher/Martin, PhD (D) 2015Radiation ProtectionHu (A)/DKU Faculty 2014ResearchMentors (Duke visitation and DKU) 2014Special proceduresYin/Chang/Cai (D) 2014Advanced ImagingDo (A)/Bowsher (D) – MRI-PET/SPECT Fall & SpringAllMedical Physics SeminarRemote with Duke Course and Research Activities


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