A new postgraduate course in medical physics will start at the University of Mangalore from the 2018-19 academic year.
The university is the first among conventional state universities in Karnataka to introduce this course, with a one-year internship in identified hospitals.
The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) approved and recognized course deals with the application of physics to the needs of medicine. It’s also called health physics, according to HM Somashekarappa, coordinator of the medical physics division at the university.
“Medical physics incorporates both theoretical and experimental methods, but in itself is an applied discipline,” he said.
Medical physicists take care of clinical and consulting services, as well as academics and research. These areas are equally important for the treatment of patients and the development of new methods and techniques to provide the public with the benefits of radiation physics. Medical physicists have the responsibility to provide radiation protection in all medical applications, he said in a statement.
Referring to the topic, he said the programs would include such topics as the fundamentals of nuclear and radiation physics, radiation detection measurements, radiological mathematics, biomedical electronics and instrumentation, radiation dosimetry. and standardization. In addition, it would cover the fundamentals of cancer biology, clinical radiobiology, physics of medical imaging, physics of nuclear medicine, physics of radiotherapy, clinical aspects of radiotherapy, modern trends in radiotherapy, radiation protection standards and safety.
The university has signed memoranda of understanding with medical schools and hospitals to organize practical courses related to radiation therapy and planning, estimation and optimization of radiation doses, analysis images, calibration, planning of brachytherapy treatments, radiation response of thermoluminescent dosimeters, etc.
After completing the course, one can become a clinical physicist. They can become consultants in clinical and scientific advice to physicians and act as resource persons to solve many and diverse physical problems which arise continually in many specialized medical fields. Every hospital and clinic that uses radiation needs medical physicists.
They can also become faculty members of the departments of medical physics, radiology, radiation oncology, radiobiology, nuclear medicine and nuclear engineering. If postgraduate students pass an exam conducted by the AERB, they can be employed as radiation safety officers in the public and private sector.
Scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center would also teach students in addition to adjunct professors. Applicants who have obtained a BSc with Physics as an option or major are eligible provided they have studied Mathematics as a major / optional / special / minor / subsidiary subject for at least two years and achieved a minimum of 65% marks in physical. Total admission is 14 places.