All imaging trainees (Fellows and Affiliated Scholars) are subject to the degree requirements of Duke University, their home department, and the medical imaging training program. Current BME doctoral students are required to complete 48 credit hours of course work, including a required first year BME Seminar Series for a total of two credit hours. Other than the seminar series, there is no core curriculum in the BME graduate program. Individual students, their advisors, and their graduate committee choose a custom curriculum reflecting that student's background and research and career aspirations.
In addition, the training grant Fellows are required to:
- Complete the MITP’s core curriculum courses, which include an overview course of diagnostic medical imaging systems (BME 303 Diagnostic Imaging Systems); a radiology practicum course (BME 848L Radiology in Practice); and one modality-specific imaging elective course. A listing of courses is found below.
- Attend the Medical Imaging Visionary Speaker lectures which are scheduled throughout the year.
- Participate in the annual Duke Medical Imaging Technology poster session and workshop.
- Attend the biennial NIH NIBIB meeting.
- Complete the program's responsible conduct in research curriculum: (1) Academic Integrity Weekend Course or Graduate School RCR workshop, and (2) Attend at least 3 training forums from Duke Research Ethics and Education and Resources Program.
- Include at least two MITP faculty on their doctoral dissertation committee.
- Complete and submit an Annual Review and Individual Development Plan to the MITP Director annually.
- Maintain good academic standing.
Also, performing an industrial internship or other relevant industrial experience is strongly encouraged, but not required.
Imaging core courses and electives are listed below (specific offerings vary by semester):
- BME 303: Modern Diagnostic Imaging Systems
- BME 848L: Radiology in Practice
- BME 844: Advanced Ultrasonic Imaging
- BME 436L: Biophotonic Instrumentation
- BME 542: Principles in Ultrasound Imaging
- BME 544: Digital Image Processing
- BME 550: Modern Microscopy
- BME 551L: Biomedical Optical Spectroscopy and Tissue Optics
- BME 552: Advanced Optics
- BME 590: MRI: Principles and Sequence Design
- BME 845: Elasticity Imaging
- BME 790-2: Modern Ultrasound Laboratory Methods
- BME 842: Medical Ultrasound Transducers
- BME 850: Advances in Photonics: An overview of state-of-the-art techniques and applications
- CHEM 990-4-01: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry: NMR Imaging
- CHEM 990-4-02: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry: Imaging: Optical Microscopy
- ECE 488: Digital Image and Multidimensional Processing
- MEDPHY 530A: Modern Diagnostic Imaging Systems
- MEDPHY 728: Clinical Practicum (RT)
- MEDPHY 731: Advanced Medical Imaging Physics
Substitutions for any core course must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director.