The faculty of the Medical Physics Graduate Program is comprised of core, affiliate and external faculty from multiple disciplines. Our core faculty are quite active in student mentoring and they each engage in a wide range of professional activities. All of our core faculty have chaired or have been members of Medical Physics student supervisory committees during the past five years. The average student/core faculty ratio is 2/1. The size of both the student body and the faculty has been quite stable and are expected to remain so over the foreseeable future.
Extensive facilities are available to the Medical Physics Graduate Program. These facilities range from state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories to state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities. These facilities are further enhanced by our affiliations with multiple other outside organizations across the state of Florida. Basic campus resources include:
Classrooms with web-linked computer and video projection equipment, high tech white/black boards, and comfortable seating for students.
While UF students are required to have personal computing equipment with hardware and software appropriate to the degree program, most laboratory and office locations provide computer systems, many of which include specialized software packages that can be used by students. There is also access to an extensive network of high performance parallel computing systems for research and more extensive computing needs.
Extensive libraries are available. The library collections that are primarily utilized by Medical Physics students are the Marston Science Library (located near the center of campus), the Hauck Library (located in the Nuclear Sciences Center), and the Health Center Library located in the Health Center. The libraries include over 300,000 cataloged volumes, 4,200,000 microforms, 1,000,000 documents and 20,000 computer data sets. The libraries also have extensive arrays of computer work stations to facilitate on-line research and searches.
Students are provided with office space throughout their graduate careers. As the students progress in their studies and begin work on specific research projects, they transition to office spaces located in closer proximity to their research area, either in the hospital for clinical projects, or in an associated laboratory.
Teaching laboratories are used for fundamental radiation detection and basic imaging laboratory classes. The equipment utilized in the teaching labs include assorted radiation detectors including HPGe well counters; a modern TLD lab (Harshaw 3500); several mobile radiographic x-ray units; a direct digital x-ray system; a state-of-the-art position sensitive BAT ultrasound imaging system; mobile ultrasound systems (including 3D acquisition); triple-head and state-of-the-art mobile SPECT systems and a single slice CT system, all dedicated for research and teaching. Advanced laboratory exercises are conducted in the clinical facilities at the UF Health Shands Hospital.