Published by Mara Juneau
Published on August 28, 2017
What is your most gratifying experience as a medical physicist? My most gratifying experience as a medical physicist is when we get to use our skills to pull together and make a real impact on the care that patients receive. It’s amazing to use physics problem-solving skills in meaningful ways to help people who are sick.
Who was your role model as an aspiring student and why? One of my biggest role models as I was training as a medical physicist was Katharina Sixel, head of the physics department at the Durham Regional Cancer Centre. She taught a lot of the subtleties of being a medical physicist. She is a very strong, well respected leader, but she’s not afraid to ask questions and she is always learning. I find it helpful in my day-to-day work to ask myself, “What would Katharina do?”
What is your favourite food? My favourite food is chocolate. (Hello?!)
Who is your favourite action hero and why? My favourite action hero is probably… Channing Tatum. I don’t know what it is about him, I just want to watch everything he’s in. Like, “White House Down”? Brilliant!
What was your second career choice, after Medical Physics? Well, my PhD is in astrophysics, so it’s more like medical physics was a second career choice for me, after initially pursuing astro. Honestly, I like medical physics so much more and I would never go back, but sometimes I do catch myself staring at the stars…