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In Medicine and health related professions, people study even close to 12 years for neurosurgeons. It is through vigorous research and the application of what they learnt, that they passed and landed a job in the field. I did a research of dosimetrism. Resources used were audio files from students taking Radiotherapy. Books as Radiation Dosimetry, Radiation Therapy and Fundamentals of Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry, helped in shading light in areas as calculations and formulas. The internet provided the needed information in terms of pdf’s and videos, blogs and up-to-date picture. They also helped in shaping the interview questions.

A dosimetrist is a member of the oncology team who has got sufficient knowledge in using oncology treatment equipment and machines, is fully aware and knowledgeable of procedures and has got the skills and education needed in dose distribution and radiation dose calculation (Ellis, 1969). Together with the radiation oncologist and medical physician, a dosimetrist doesn’t necessarily work behind the scene, but works closely with the doctors and physicians in caring for patients. The main knowledge is on radiography. This interview will further shed light on a dosimetrists work, what a day really is like and why the specific field.. Together with a team, dosimetrists plan on how to best approach a treatment for patients requiring radiation and still helping those who can’t cope with its effects by minimizing the results (Bernier, 2004).

Set of Interview questions (pre-determined and follow-ups)

1.      Pre-determined- What does your job entail or what procedures and operations do you   apply or use daily?

Follow up –      – What is your typical day like?

2.      Pre-determined – What are the job requirements to become a dosimetrists?

Follow up –      – What skills do I need for this job?

– What character or personality traits do you think is best suited for    work as such?

– What certificates or level of education do I need?

3.      Pre-determined – When you were in high school, did you ever think you      would be a dosimetrists?

Follow up-       – What led you down this career path? Is it something you always wanted? Was it curiosity?

4.      Pre-determined – How long are your programs?

Follow up –      – And did you have to sit for the ART examination?

– Do I need to take an  internship so as to become a dosimetrists?

5.      Pre-determined – What educational background do I need to make it in this field? Or rather, what subjects do I need to really concentrate on?

6.      Pre-determined – What is your work environment like?

Follow up-       – Why did you choose this specific working environment?

7.      Pre-determined – What are some of the positive things about your job? What is the worst part about your job?

8.      Pre-determined – Which days do you work and what are your working hours? Do you mind telling us how the pay is like?

9.      Pre-determined – Which were your rewarding moments? Which were your worst?

Follow up–       – Why?

– Have you ever gotten attached to a patient? Has a patient ever made     you cry? Or laugh?

10.  Pre-determined – Is it hard getting a job? Why do you think it so?

Follow up-       – And what should I do or prepare before getting into employment or the field in general?

11.  Pre-determined – What is your final advice?

I interviewed Sharon Holmes Edger who is a dosimetrist at April City Hospital. She has been working there for the past 3 years. She started working there after she realized that she liked what her friend was studying. She did not know what career path she wanted to follow but after taking a Radiography program together with her friend, and studying together and later helping her study was what made her try out her new found career choice. She also had good grades especially in Mathematics and the Sciences, and in human anatomy.

A really good GPA is important. One needs to get a degree, be it associates or a bachelors, or it can be a certification in Radiotherapy. Other places require you to have had a background in Radiography. To be on the safe side, going for a two-year program in Radiography will improve your chances of getting a job because of certification. What Sharon did after was that she applied to a radiation therapy program for two years. There is however, an exam to be taken ART exams though some states don’t require you take it at all. No internship is required but you will be required to spend a great amount of time in the clinic gaining hands-on experience.

The best part of her job is that it is rewarding, especially in getting to help people and knowing them better. She has become a better person from the interactions. The working hours are good; 8 to 5, and we work from Monday to Friday. There aren’t many patients on weekends unless it is an emergency. The pay is good. The bad part is dealing with the patents that didn’t get cured, and knowing that you did the best you could to help them recover. Getting a job is difficult in some places in the country as the job market is flooded. In other places, it is easy. Before getting a job it is better to check which centers are there, how many are they and so on. 

Thank you email

Hello Sharon,

I wanted to take a second to thank you for your time yesterday. I enjoyed learning about daily activities and what dosimetrists really do. It was great learning new things about the job market and requirements as well.

I am confident that taking this as my career path will be the best decision I ever made. Please feel free to contact me in case you have any concerns. I look forward to hearing updates from you.

Thank you once more for the great interview.

Kind regards,


Interviewee Response

My name is Mindy and I work as a Radiation Therapist. I spend my day in a radiation therapy center. We treat cancer patients using each patient’s plan for their treatment. We create a mould as compared to the patients anatomy to keep them still and at the same position every day. When we are done treating, we document everything we do, side effects the patient had or the amount of doses they got. We also act as counselors. We have to pay attention to detail like change in mental status, skin without them telling us. We work Monday to Friday, 8 to 5, and we get good pay. To become a dosimetrists you must get some certification in Radiography. You need to have been good in Math and Science. A good knowledge in anatomy helps a lot. You need to be very detail oriented to notice even the slightest change. The best part of my job is in helping other people while the worst is in knowing that not all patients you treat are going to make it. Meeting and interacting with people from different cultures and areas makes me a better person. It can be hard at times.

As far as getting a job, it is better when you check out the job markets and see how many centers are in your area. My final advice is that you keep your GPA up all the way until college. Shadow a radiation therapist and see if you can spend some days just familiarizing. It is better when you have s bachelor though because in the job market you just might get considered.

For someone looking to enter Radiotherapy my recommendations are always try to avoid distractions, ask questions and be able to assess things quickly.


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