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Medical Physics: Letter from the Director

Greetings! My name is Dr. Adam Riegel and I would like to personally welcome you to the Hofstra Medical Physics Graduate Program website! Medical physics is a dynamic, challenging, and personally rewarding subfield of applied physics, but many people are not aware of what medical physicists actually do. We are the scientists that sit at the intersection of medicine, physics, and technology. We apply our knowledge of physics to research and develop new technologies used for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. We ensure technology (especially radiation-generating technology) is working safely and effectively to treat and diagnose our patients. We teach medical professionals and other scientists how physics can be used in medicine. To summarize, we are clinical and academic professionals that work behind the scenes to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care through vigilant quality assurance, bold research and development, and educational exchange.

Our program at Hofstra is aimed at educating the next generation of medical physicists for a rapidly evolving medical landscape. Some students plan to become clinical medical physicists and obtain board certification. Others go into industry where they can develop or market new technologies to clinics around the world. Still others may continue in academia from an MS earned at Hofstra to a PhD in medical physics to explore research opportunities and teaching. At Hofstra, we combine rigorous didactic training with hands-on clinical experience so our students are exceptionally prepared for any path they choose.
I became a medical physicist because this discipline allows me to use my scientific knowledge and skills to directly help people. Every day, I walk through the waiting room of our clinic and see the patients who depend on us to deliver high quality healthcare. It is extremely rewarding to know that I am a part of their healthcare team.

I am so glad you are visiting us today. Please check our website periodically for upcoming educational events including online webinars and open houses at Hofstra and our clinical facilities at Northwell Health. You can also follow us on Twitter at @HofMedPhys for news about the program, upcoming events, and medical physics in general.

Thank you for your interest and I hope to hear from you soon!
Adam C. Riegel, PhD DABR