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17.05.2021

Heidi S. Rønde started her employment at DCPT in 2019. Read more about the daily work, inspiration and aspirations for a Medical Physicist.

How does a typical workday look for you?
Very diverse. I can be in the clinic, where I assist with the daily treatment of patients. That can cover approving daily patient images, answering questions regarding the patients etc. A typical day can also consist of dose planning were the patients' treatment plans are optimised and approved together with the physician. This includes calculating and assessing the distribution of the proton dose in the patient.

Last but not least, patient Quality Assurance. We measure all patient plans to ensure that what is calculated is also what the machine delivers. Besides the daily clinical duties, I work on implementing new treatment protocols and treatment techniques. I am also president of the Danish Society for Medical Physics which also takes up some of my time.

What motivates you at work?
Always trying to improve and the possibility to keep developing my professional skill. No resting on the laurels.

What is the best/most rewarding part of your job?
To use my skills to give the best treatment for the patients.

Who/what inspires you?
Extraordinary people. That keeps me on my toes.

What is your proudest career moment and why?
I cannot pinpoint one particular thing, but I am proud of being a medical physicist.

How would you characterise DCPT as a workplace?
A workplace in a rapid development with lots of great colleagues. We are many different professions working side by side, complementing each other both in the daily tasks and with new developments.

What is something that most people don't know about you or your profession?
Privately, I am a wine enthusiast – and, maybe due to my education, I am not only interested in tasting good or interesting wine but also all the theory behind; wine making, grapes, storage etc. For my profession; that most people do not even know that medical physics is a profession. That is a shame, as medical physicists play an important role, not only in radiation oncology, but also in diagnostics and nuclear medicine.

DCPT employee spotlights

 

In a series of Q&A's, we highlight the skills and perspectives of the different professions working closely together in research and treatment at the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy.