Medical Physics, in general, is a discipline in which the application of physics principles in health care environment are dealt with. It concentrates more on ionizing radiations like X-rays, Gamma rays etc. because of their wide applications in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly cancer. Medical Physics candidates study all relevant physics, mathematics and radiation biology in detail related to ionizing radiations. Professional responsibilities include : commissioning and acceptance of radiation generators, complete quality assurance of radiation generators, carrying out advanced treatment planning procedures for cancer patients, maintaining radiation safety in the health care industry in compliance with Radiation Protection Rules, Government of India etc.
M.Sc (Medical Physics) is a two year full-time programme of Bharathiar University conducted in collaboration with G.Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital since June 2002. It is third of its kind in India after Mumbai University and Anna University. Medical Physics being a professional discipline, is a much needed job-oriented field with a very high demand in the health care industry. This collaborated programme presently admits only 16 students per batch unlike other programmes which admit 40 students per batch for maintaining consistent quality and professionalism which are essential parameters in a health-care employment. Four faculties of GKNM hospital take theory and practical classes for the candidates in addition to faculties from Bharathiar University. Till now, 11 batches have successfully passed out with almost 100% placement record. The students are placed in abroad as well. This course is approved by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and hence the candidates can become Radiological Safety Officers (RSO)-Level III in medical institutions on successful completion of RSO exam.
Though Medical Physicists are routinely employed in Radiation Oncology because of extensive Physics requirements, their employment in other clinical departments like Nuclear Medicine, Radiology etc. is also quite prevalent in western countries for efficient Physics and Radiation Safety services.
Not, but not the least, Medical Physicists are usually very active in academic activities and R&D. They are faculties for PG medical professionals who need to study radiation physics. Thus, this programme is a challenging, interesting and application oriented one for aspiring candidates.