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First Student Set to Graduate from the Biomedical Physics Program with CAMPEP Accreditation Option

By Morgan Holmes

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Two years ago, Ryerson University’s Biomedical Physics program received full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). As the only CAMPEP-accredited program in the Greater Toronto Area, Ryerson’s pathway ensures that graduates are prepared with the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in medical physics.

Our first CAMPEP graduate

In June 2015, the first student to complete this rigorous program will receive her MSc degree. Before she arrived at Ryerson, Charmainne Cruje had already completed a BSc (Honours) at the University of Toronto in 2010, and she also had worked for several years as a physics associate at the Peel Regional Cancer Centre. That combination of education and employment experience planted in Charmainne the desire to one day become a clinical medical physicist.

As a master’s candidate at Ryerson, one of Charmainne’s main areas of research has involved the investigation of gold nanoparticles for use as dose enhancers in radiation therapy. Charmainne elaborates: “My project involved modifying the surface of gold nanoparticles in order to optimize them for cancer-cell targeting. Our studies show some really promising results.”

The main benefit of the CAMPEP program is that it prepares the students for entry into a residency program in medical physics. For Charmainne this was an opportunity to undertake clinical shadowing at Sunnybrook Health Science’s Odette Cancer Centre. In addition, Charmainne presented the fruits of her research at several conferences, and she undertook an impressive publishing plan based on her research: a book chapter, a review article and two original journal articles.

A hard worker with an exciting future in store

Given all Charmainne accomplished while she studied at Ryerson, it’s no surprise that her supervisor, Dr. Devika Chithrani, describes her as “one of the most hard working and intelligent students in my lab. Her publication record alone is a great accomplishment considering the extra amount of course work she had to do for the CAMPEP major. I am so proud of her, and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”

When she looks towards that future, Charmainne is considering either pursuing doctoral studies or, perhaps, a residency in medical physics. “We have all been touched by cancer,” Charmainne notes, “through friends or family. Because of this, I am inspired to pursue a career that contributes to the fight against that terrible disease.”

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