The Certified Medical Dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team who has knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment, is cognizant of procedures commonly used in brachytherapy and has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calcuations in collaboration with the Medical Physicist and the Radiation Oncologist.
Kate, Lead Medical Dosimetrist
Started at Bismarck Cancer Center: 2008
Previous Experience: Maplewood Cancer Center
Education: Minot State University, Trinity School of Radiology, University of Minnesota for Radiation Therapy and University of Wisconsin LaCrosse for Medical Dosimetry
Kate found herself compelled and motivated to work in the cancer field because close family and friends have been affected by cancer. She wanted to help them in their fight against it. Her favorite part of working at BCC is the knowing the treatment plans she creates help patients fight cancer. Her most memorable moment was when Dr. Dufan gave the news: a brain lesion they’d treated with SRS had disappeared; what they’d planned worked to treat the patient.
Denise, Medical Dosimetrist
Started at Bismarck Cancer Center: 1995
Previous Experience: Radiation Therapist
Education: Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from University of Mary, Certificate in Radiation Therapy from University of Wisconsin, Madison, Medical Dosimetry from University of Wisconsin, LaCrosee
She became motivated to work in the cancer industry after working a rotation through radiation therapy in her radiologic technology program. She phoned her parents after her first day on rotation to let them know she intended to go to radiation therapy school. She loved the patient/caregiver relationship from the very start. Denise continues to enjoy meeting patients.
Charity, Radiation Therapist
Started at Bismarck Cancer Center: 2009
Previous Experience: Cancer Center of ND – Grand Forks
Education: Bachelor of Science University of Mary, Radiation Therapy program from University of Minnesota
Charity chose a career in the cancer field because of her desire to make a difference in the lives of the patients. She loves being able to help patients through this very difficult time in their lives. She feels like they become like family to her and that they inspire her. Charity’s favorite part of working at Bismarck Cancer Center is coming to work on Monday mornings and hearing about everyone’s weekends – both coworkers and patients!