The purpose of the Duke Medical Imaging Training Program (MITP) is to prepare graduate students for interdisciplinary research at the cutting edge of medical imaging. MITP Trainees, which are comprised of Affiliated Scholars and Fellows, undertake a comprehensive curriculum providing an initial broad training in imaging physics and instrumentation followed by increasingly focused coursework in the student's area of specialization.
Predoctoral training in medical imaging is a large and vigorous effort at Duke University, drawing chiefly on the resources of the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology. The 27 participating training faculty provide broad research opportunities with research interests in imaging technology development in computer-aided diagnosis, X-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, optical imaging methods, and medical physics. The 13 clinical faculty provide cross-disciplinary mentorship to all trainees.
The program faculty are housed in the Pratt School of Engineering, the Department of Radiology, the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, the Center for In Vivo Microscopy, the Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging, and the Duke Advanced Imaging Laboratories. These faculty have a long history of collaboration in imaging research and graduate student training.
An NIBIB fellowship grant through the NIH offers stipends and tuition to a limited number of MITP Trainees. Duke University's graduate school also provides one fellowship in medical imaging. Students awarded with fellowships are funded for two of their first three years of graduate studies.
Predoctoral graduate students participate in the two-year Medical Imaging Affiliated Scholars program by attending the MITP Visionary Speaker seminars and participating in the MITP’s annual Imaging Fair. Affiliated Scholars also receive priority to take courses that are designed specifically for the Medical Imaging Training Program.