About the Medical Dosimetry Clinical Experience
Vasantee Reddicks ’21 (she/her/hers) completed clinical rotations at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional Medical Center (BWH Milford). Below, you will find her thoughts and experiences of working in a small clinical setting during the MS in Medical Dosimetry (MSMD) program.
Supervised clinical rotations are a core piece of the MSMD curriculum. All students in the program complete rotations in at least two clinical settings. Our affiliate clinical sites range from small community settings, including BWH Milford, to larger major academic centers. Vasantee’s experience below generally outlines an experience at a small community setting.
What is a “typical” day for you when you are at your clinical site?
When I get to clinic, I log into my treatment planning system and work on a practice patient case. If it’s a new treatment site or technique that I’m learning for the first time, my preceptor will go over a few requirements or give a demonstration on how to create the plan. Then I am given a practice patient plan, and I try to get a treatment plan that meets all of the constraints for that plan.
Predominantly, I work on my own trying to figure out the appropriate radiation plan for the patient. Each plan is like its own puzzle, and I work with my preceptor when I have questions. My schedule is pretty consistent from day to day. We have observations that we are responsible for as well, so in those instances I may go into the treatment room to see certain procedures.
When you are at your clinical site, are you working with just your preceptor, or do you work with others in the department too?
I generally interact with everyone in the radiation oncology department including nurses, radiation therapists, physicists, and doctors. I predominantly interact with the lead dosimetrist who is also my preceptor.
My preceptor at BWH-Milford is awesome. He’s been in the field for a long time and very easy to talk to. He’s able to elaborate on theories and techniques, which is great, especially since all of these concepts are so new and different to me. He’s a really nice person and a good teacher.