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075 Career 100 Becoming a Medical Physicist – An Interview with Charlie Wallace

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It is a common misconception that most scientists, especially physicists, work in seclusion solving complex equations and doing experiments beyond the understanding of the general public.

However, that’s not always the case. In fact, most medical physicists, like our guest today, work directly with health institutions to apply concepts and theories in physics in search of treatments for various diseases, particularly cancer.

In today’s edition of Top Career 100, let’s join Felicia Gopaul, founder and president of College Funding Resource, as she interviews our medical physicist guest — Charlie Wallace.

Charlie Wallace received his bachelor’s degree in Physics at Michigan State University in 2005 and his Master’s Degree in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 2007.

Since then, he has been working as a clinical medical physicist for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. He was certified by the American Board of Radiology in 2011 in the specialty of Therapeutic Medical Physics.

Let’s listen to their conversation as they discuss things about the career of medical physicist, specifically:

  • What are the distinctions between a medical physicist and a traditional physicist?
  • What made him specialize in medical physics?
  • What people should know about a physicist’s job.
  • The processes that physicists do in performing their jobs.
  • Whether it is really necessary to take physics as a undergraduate course to become a medical physicist.

To know more about Wallace and his career as a medical physicist, you may want to visit the website of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine


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