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JRCERT-Accredited Program in Medical Dosimetry

Applying to the Program

The next application deadline is December 1, 2013, for a start date of July 1, 2014. Individuals interested in applying to our program may download our Student Handbook, which includes the application form.

Graduates of the School of Medical Dosimetry are eligible for national certification by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board.  The applicant, student or graduate are urged to contact the MDCB with questions of eligibility at any time.

The Department of Radiation Oncology, under the auspices of the University of Maryland Medical Center, offers a one-year JRCERT-accredited certificate program in Medical Dosimetry.

Background

Medical dosimetry is the subspecialty of radiation oncology that focuses on treatment planning, dose measurement, dose calculations and quality assurance for radiotherapy treatments designed to treat cancer. The medical dosimetrist is an integral member of the "treatment team" that includes a radiation oncologist, a medical physicist and radiotherapy technologists.

Under the direction of the medical physicist and the radiation oncologist, the dosimetrist determines the beam arrangements, beam shapes, beam weights and beam energies that provide the highest-quality treatment plan. The dosimetrist also contributes to quality assurance and to the construction of special treatment devices. In addition, the medical dosimetrist plays an important role in brachytherapy procedures, providing technical assistance and completing any necessary calculations.

Overview of the Program

The University of Maryland Medical Center School of Medical Dosimetry is a one -year, certificate program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Accreditation of our program has been effective since May 10, 2007.

The Department of Radiation Oncology, under the auspices of the University of Maryland Medical Center, started the School of Medical Dosimetry in 2001. Students of this program are University of Maryland Medical Center employees, not students of the University of Maryland. Our one-year program combines an extensive curriculum with hands-on training to prepare our students for a career in medical dosimetry.

Information on our curriculum is provided in our Student Handbook. Our program provides each graduate who completes all competencies a Certificate of Completion. We are not a degree-granting program. Therefore, the School of Medical Dosimetry is not presently recognized as a degree-granting Higher Education Organization, or branch of such, by student loan managing agencies.

Course credits from our School of Medical Dosimetry cannot be counted towards a higher education degree from a higher education organization, nor can credits from other programs be counted by our program. However, to demonstrate our commitment to educational excellence, the University of Maryland Medical Center's School of Medical Dosimetry was previously recognized by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board, and is presently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

PROGRAM ASSESSMENT & EFFECTIVENESS DATA

Additional Information for Prospective Applicants and Current Students

Admission Policies

Our admission policy is designed to find the best match of student interest, achievement and ability, with our own program's objectives, goals and plan of assessment and development. We do not favor one group of applicants, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, age, gender or sex. Similarly, we do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, age, gender or sex, or economic status. We only favor the applicants that are best suited to enter the program based on their academic excellence, interest in our program and professional commitment and achievement. Such metrics are evaluated from the applications submitted, the recommendation letters and the applicants' performance during an onsite interview.

Equal Opportunity

The University of Maryland Medical Center is actively committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity in all of its programs. It is the goal of the University to assure that women and minorities are equitably represented among the faculty, staff and administration of the University, so that its work force reflects the diversity of Maryland's population.

All employment policies and activities of the University of Maryland Medical Center shall be consistent with federal and state laws, regulations and executive orders on nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ancestry or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, marital status and veteran status. Sexual harassment, as a form of sex discrimination, is prohibited among the work force of the University.

Credit Transfer

The University of Maryland Medical Center School of Medical Dosimetry is not a degree granting higher education organization. Hence, we do accept transfer of credits or provide credits that can be transferred to higher education organizations for degrees granted by those institutions.

Tuition and Fees

The value of the Program for each student is Thirty Five Thousand and Eighty Dollars ($35,080). As part of the program value, the accepted student will receive an educational stipend of Fifteen Thousand and Eighty Dollars ($15,080). In consideration of the value of the program, including the educational stipend, the student agrees to full time employment with UMMC as a dosimetrist for a period of eighteen (18) months following graduation from the program, if a position is available.

Students who are employed after graduation by UMMC are paid a competitive salary during their eighteen-month obligation to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Notably, if a position is not available upon completion of the program, the student does not have to pay back any part of the $35,080 value of the program. If an applicant is accepted into the program and wishes not to enter the commitment to work for 18 months, a one time fee will be due of $35,080 to cover the value of the program.

In such instance, the student will receive the stipend portion of that fee back in the amount of $15,080 as a salary during their one-year employment at UMMC. If a student should need or wish to breach the agreement to commit to employment after graduation or at any time during the 18 months employment after graduation, a one time fee of $35,080 shall be due. It should be noted that both the tuition and the contractual obligations are reviewed on an annual basis and are subject to change.

Outside of the one-time tuition fee, students may enroll for on-site parking at a rate set by the hospital for employees. The payment for parking is taken as a deduction from their paycheck.

UMMC does not pay for travel to or from an interview, and does not cover room and board expenses incurred during the interview process.

Appeal Process

Students are expected to be in good standing in the program to continue employment and complete the one-year program. Good standing includes non-complaint of behavioral or professional misconduct. Complaints are resolved through an appeal process. The appeal process is only available to full-time employees of UMMC, after an initial 6 week probationary period, which starts on the first day of employment. The guidelines and regulations of the appeal process are set by the policies governing employees of the University of Maryland Medical Center. The appeal process is part of a due-process procedure. Due-process procedures provide students with an unbiased avenue to pursue complaints or grievances and the opportunity to be heard in a timely manner. The appeal process is available to students after their initial probationary period as hospital employees.

Information for non-US nationals and non-permanent-US residents

Student visas, working visas or work permits are not sponsored by our program in behalf of applicants who are not permanent residents or citizens of the US.

Additional Resources for Current Students of the School of Medical Dosimetry

You may learn about policies for timely resolution of complaints, by accessing the employee handbook within our hospital system intranet, at http://intra.umm.edu/ummc/index.htm. Notably, this link is accessible only to employees and students of our program. This webpage is essentially your portal to hospital employee services.

Allegations of non-compliance with educational standards can be forwarded to the director of the program, or to hospital administration. Questions about our curriculum; admission policies, transfer of credits, tuition and fees, refund policies, academic calendars, acadaemic policies, graduation requirements, student services not answered in this webpage, or in our handbook can be obtained by contacting the program director. Current students may gain updated information about our academic calendar at the link below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the program offer?

The program prepares qualified applicants for a career in medical dosimetry. Graduates of our medical dosimetry program are eligible for national certification by the Medical Dosimetry Certification Board after 6 months of additional clinical experience. The latter 6 month clinical experience requirement is stipulated by the MDCB, is outside of the control of the School of Medical Dosimetry, and is subject to change at any time. Applicants and students should contact the MDCB with questions regarding this timeline.

Only two students are accepted into the program each year. This ensures that each student receives ample personal attention and can work closely with our dosimetrists and physicists.

How long is the program?

Our medical dosimetry program is 12-months long. It starts September 1st and ends August 31st of the following year.

What are the tuition fees?

Please see the statement on tuition and fees, above.

What are the objectives of the program?

  • Provide an education that facilitates the mastery of entry-level dosimetry skills through didactic and clinical experiences.
  • Provide an orientation to the range of health care settings in which dosimetrists practice.
  • Foster continued development of critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.
  • Promote a commitment to community and professional service.

How is the department situated and how is it staffed?

Our department has four facilities, one at our main campus in Baltimore City within the University of Maryland Medical Center, at 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201. We have three outreach clinics in Maryland. Thus, we staff 10 radiation oncologists, 11 PhD level physicists, and 9 medical dosimetrists.

Students will spend over 90% of their time at our downtown facility at UMMC. Students thus will have access to our three new Varian linear accelerators, each equipped with portal imaging and two with Onboard Imaging. We also have a Gamma Knife and have an active brachytherapy program.

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must be either: (1) a registered radiation therapist with a minimum of one-year of clinical experience or (2) a holder of a baccalaureate degree in the physical sciences with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (preferably with at least one year of physics coursework). All applicants must have completed post-secondary instruction in the following areas:

  • Basic mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry and introductory calculus
  • Basic physics at the freshman college level
  • Oral and written communication
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Computer competency

What does the curriculum include?

The curriculum includes didactic lectures, laboratory exercises and clinical instruction. Information on our curriculum is provided in our Student Handbook.

When is the deadline for accepting applications?

Applications are accepted through December 1st of each year. Interviews with selected candidates are scheduled between January 1st and March 15th.

Are students of your program considered students of the University of Maryland?

No. Under the contract provided to each student, a student joins our organization as a Hospital Employee of the University of Maryland Medical Center. Students are thus, not students of the University of Maryland. Instead, students receive a Certificate of completion from the School of Medical Dosimetry. We do not grant a higher education degree. As a result, students cannot carry credits over to other programs that yield degrees from Higher Education Organizations. For example, the time spent at the Dosimetry School in our Department cannot be carried over to credit a Bachelor's, Master's, associate, or doctoral degree from University of Maryland. For further questions on this matter, the students or applicants may contact the program director at ymutaf@umm.edu.

Where can I obtain more information about medical dosimetry?

For additional questions regarding the program, please contact:

Kimberly Bayne
Administrative Assistant for Medical Physics Division
Department of Radiation Oncology
22 S. Greene St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
kbayne@umm.edu
410-328-7074

or

Yildrim Mutaf, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, Medical Dosimetry Training Program
Department of Radiation Oncology
22 South Greene St
Baltimore, MD 21201
ymutaf@umm.edu