“I’m a medical physicist.”
“Oh. So are you, like, a doctor?”
“Well, yes, but not that kind of doctor. I help make sure your treatments are delivered safely. I do the ‘sciency’ stuff.”
“Okay. You know, I hated physics in high school.”
I have had conversations like this quite a few times throughout my career. I have never been very good at giving the medical physics elevator speech. I usually fumble around a bit about linear accelerators, radiation safety, and treatment planning, while waving my arms about in a sort of arc therapy interpretive dance. But the thing is, if you are interested, I really do want to tell you about it.
Paradis KC. The Sciency Stuff. JAMA Oncol. Published online July 18, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.1898
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