Program Evolution and Current Status
Planning for the DIMPR program began in 2009. The DIMPR program was accepted by the UFCOM Graduate Medical Education Office in May, 2011, which requires that DIMPR residents have Ph.D. degrees in order to be hired as Adjunct Clinical Post-Doctoral Associates. This acceptance grants that DIMPR residents are entitled to a 2-year contract, and that they have the same salary structure, fringe benefits, including vacation and health insurance, and the same orientation program as all medical residents. We provide an annual travel and book allowance.
Other than the first resident, who started in January, 2011, all subsequent residents began their 24-month residency program in July, concurrent with other physician residents. We currently have 2 DIMPR residents, who will graduate in June of their respective years. We accept one resident per year.
Our first DIMPR resident graduated in January, 2013, and our second in June, 2013. During the match process, we had a large increase in applicants to 46. Until the match process, we had 15-25.
Prior to the DIMPR program development, as early as 1986, graduate students in the UF Medical Physics Graduate Program in the UF College of Engineering (UFCOE) began working as graduate assistants in clinical diagnostic physics under the direction and supervision of the lead diagnostic radiological physicist at UF Health Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, a member of the UFCOM faculty. Numerous students since that time have graduated and become young professionals in diagnostic medical physics around the US. With one exception, our graduates have become diplomates of the ABR in Diagnostic Radiological Physics or Diagnostic Medical Physics on first attempt (Go Gators!) and are employed in academic medical centers, hospitals and in consulting group practices.