What people that now work in Medical physics have to say about their experiences.
What is your current job?
lisapane: Radiation Oncology Physics Resident
What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
lisapane: High - I really enjoy the work I do. I still get to do a lot of science-y and physics-y things, with the added benefit of helping people with cancer and getting to work with people in a variety of radiation oncology disciplines.
What qualifications were necessary for obtaining this position?
lisapane: Graduation from a graduate program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP)
What additional training did you complete in order to be able to perform your duties?
lisapane: After I got my PhD, I did an 8 month "postdoctoral certificate" program at a university accredited by the body that regulates medical physics education programs (CAMPEP). It basically involved taking all the radiation oncology physics graduate courses required of medical physics grad students, plus some extra work and projects. I'm now in a two-year CAMPEP accredited residency program (basically, the clinical medical physics equivalent of a postdoc). Once I'm done that and I write my board exams, I'll be a fully-fledged medical physicist.
What was your last academic position before switching fields of work (i.e. PhD student, first/second post-doc etc)?
lisapane: PhD student
Optional: what was your age at the time you changed jobs?