Student Research

An important concept of the Medical Dosimetry Program is evidence-based practice.  Therefore, graduate students are given the opportunity to perform research through practicum experiences.  The research thread within the curriculum begins with research methods and instrumentation within the first semester of coursework.   Various research projects during the program include clinical case studies and thesis based research work.

The program faculty encourages students to present and/or publish their research.  The American Associated of Medical Dosimetrists (AAMD) offers an annual writing competition for students and for medical dosimetry professionals.  Students are encouraged to enter the writing competition after their research is completed.  They are also encouraged to submit their research for publication within the various professional organization publications, such as Medical Dosimetry journal or the Radiation Therapist journal.

The program recognizes that not all research is suitable for publication, however, the research performed should be recognized due to the extensive time and commitment involved.

Published Articles

Kehkashan Ahmad 2009 VMAT vs. 7-Field-IMRT: Assessing the Dosimetric Parameters of Prostate Cancer Treatment with a 292-Patient Sample
Michelle Howard 2013 Incidence of Burnout or Compassion Fatigue Reported Among Medical Dosimetrists
Patricia Sponseller 2013 A case study of radiotherapy planning for Intensity Modulation Radiation Therapy for the whole scalp with matching electron treatment  

Research Projects

Michelle Howard


Incidence of Burnout or Compassion Fatigue Reported Among Medical Dosimetrists

Jennifer Hagen


Complementary and Alternative Medicine: History, Benefits, and Use by Patients With Cancer

Antishea Connolly-Leven


A Written Directive Surrogate for Physician Real-Time IGRT Approval

Keitt Mobile


The Use of Electron Conformal Therapy in the Clinical Setting

Rafick Margusian


Survival Analysis in Patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme


Gregory Kohlhapp 2012 Implications of Patient Support Assembly Orientation in Volumetric Intensity Modulated Arc Therapy for Prostatectomy Patients
Shun Hsin Tsai 2012 Dosimetric Comparison of Electronic Tissue Compensation and Conventional Wedge Field Technique in Treating Breast Cancer
Lisa Wojtowicz 2012 Benefits, Disadvantages, and Challenges of Respiratory Gating Used to Treat Left-Sided Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Radiotherapy
Jon T. Wells 2012 Comparison of Planning CT Scans to Cone Beam CT Scans to Evaluate the Affects of Rectal Contrast on Prostate Anatomy
Charles E. Poole 2012 A Single Institution's Experience in Developing a Purposeful and Efficient Off-line Technique for Adaptive Radiotherapy in a Clinical Environment
Louise E. Francis 2012 The Effectiveness of Quality of Life Studies on Understanding Informal Cancer Caregiver Stress, Strain and Burden

Patricia Sponseller

2012 The Feasibility of Kilovoltage Imaging in the Clinical Setting
Jackson Lau 2013 The Use of Electronic Tissue Compensators in Prone Breast Irradiation
Heather Schultz 2013 Professional Development: What It Means for the Modern Medical Dosimetrist
Krzysztof Karteczka 2013 Gastrointestinal Toxicities Following 3D or IMRT Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Angela Kempen 2013 Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Versus Dynamic Conformal Arc Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Intracranial Lesions
Divya Dave 2013 Monte Carlo Based Treatment Planning for Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy of Lung Cancer Patients
Robert Rostock 2013 An Analysis of Four Dimensional Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer: Abdominal Compression Versus Free Breathing 
Kevan Grimm 2013 Use of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Inoperable Non-Small Cell Lung Tumors