Today we profile Dr Mahsheed Sabet, who writes about her career in medical physics and her experience as a Medical Physics Registrar at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
I have recently joined the Training, Education and Accreditation Program (TEAP) for Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists. With a BSc in Applied Physics, an MSc and a PhD in Medical Physics and many years of relevant work experience, I was no stranger to the field. However, entering TEAP is the only way to go for becoming an accredited clinical Medical Physicist in Australia.
Most of the training program is focused on deep understanding of principles and learning how to use them in practice. Medical physicists ensure patient safety while delivering high dose radiotherapy treatments. They must be familiar with different treatment techniques, keep updated with modern technologies, and be able to understand the effect of different variables on a treatment outcome.
The best thing to always have in mind for a medical physicist is that every small step can make a difference to the life of a patient suffering cancer.
I would highly recommend physics graduates to consider Medical Physics as an option for their future career. The job makes you think, it is exciting and sometimes challenging.