Medical Physics at LSU

Medical Physics at LSU


MY NAME IS JAMES KAVANAUGH. I
AM A SECOND YEAR GRAD STUDENT IN THE MEDICAL PHYSICS
PROGRAM AT LSU. I AM FROM CARLTON, MINNESOTA. IT’S A VERY SMALL RURAL TOWN
IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA. LSU WAS ACTUALLY MY FIRST CHOICE
FOR THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN MEDICAL PHYSICS AND THAT IS
PRIMARILY DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT IS VERY STRONG NATIONALLY, BUT ALSO, IT IS NOT TOO LARGE
THAT YOU GET LOST IN THE MIX. YOU ALWAYS HAVE INTERACTION WITH
YOUR ADVISORS; YOUR PROFESSORS. THIS PROGRAM IS FOCUSED ON
CLINICAL MEDICAL PHYSICS WHERE YOU WILL WORK IN A CLINIC
THAT TREATS CANCER AND WE WILL DO THE TECHNICAL SIDE WITH
MORE THE PHYSICS BASED SIDE OR THE RADIATION THERAPY,
SO TREATMENT PLANNING, WE WILL ALSO DO A LOT OF
THE QUALITY ASSURANCE TO MAKE SURE ALL THE
MACHINES ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE SAYING. IT IS
VERY REGULATED FIELD SO WE NEED TO HAVE A VERY STRICT
ADHERENCE TO THOSE REGULATIONS. THIS IS A MASTERS PROGRAM,
IT IS THREE YEARS IN LENGTH AND THAT IS A LITTLE
BIT DIFFERENT THAN SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS. A
LOT OF THE OTHERS JUST OFFER TWO YEARS WHICH IS DIDACTIC
COURSES AND THEN EITHER USUALLY A THESIS RESEARCH
PROJECT. THIS COURSE HAS BOTH THOSE TWO
COMPONENTS BUT ALSO OFFERS A YEAR OF CLINICAL ROTATION
WHERE WE ACTUALLY GET IN THE CLINIC. WE FOLLOW
AROUND MEDICAL PHYSICISTS AND WE GET TO SEE WHAT THEY DO. WE CAN FOLLOW AROUND RADIATION
ONCOLOGISTS SO WE SEE THE MEDICAL SIDE OF IT AND
WE HAVE PATIENT INTERACTION AS WELL. AND THAT IS, I
BELIEVE, SOMEWHAT UNIQUE WITHIN THE GRADUATE COURSES
FOR MEDICAL PHYSICS. THAT WAS SOMETHING I REALLY
LOOKED FORWARD TO, AND I GET TO HAVE ALL THREE AND BE
PREPARED, FULLY PREPARED, I BELIEVE, TO COME OUT AND DO
WELL IN MY JOB RIGHT AWAY.

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