DAVID STERLING '06 - 30 Minutes: Thursday, January 30th, 12:30-4:30 pm (8 slots)
Major: Physics | Concentration: Premed
Medical Physicist, University of Minnesota Physicians, a premier physician organization in Minneapolis, MN, dedicated to providing comprehensive, patient-focused care in more than 100 specialty and subspecialty areas.
RELATED MAJORS/INTERESTS: Primarily students with interest in physics or engineering, but many people have entered this interdisciplinary field from other areas as well, such as medicine or biology. I am happy to speak with students about whatever questions they may have, including what a typical day is like, how I got to where I am, who may or may not like my job, etc.
JOB DESCRIPTION: I make sure that cancer patients receiving Radiation Therapy get the safest and best treatments possible.
* If there is an issue with any equipment in the department or with a particular patients treatment plan, I am usually the first person called to figure out the appropriate next step.
* I do quality assurance tests on all of the equipment, and have final say on whether it is safe to treat patients.
* I work with physicians to develop patient-specific treatment plans that will effectively treat their cancer while minimizing side effects
* I help make the department more efficient, making sure that each employee has the resources they need to treat patients as best they can
* I am able to develop and work on my own research projects
CAREER PATH: After graduating from Carleton, I attended Duke University to get an MS degree in Medical Physics. After graduation, I got a job as a Junior Medical Physicist in Seattle, WA, then moved to Appleton, WI, for about a year before moving to Minneapolis. I am now solely responsible for the physics responsibilities at one of the University's Satellite Radiation Therapy clinics. I am also Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology.
GRADUATE DEGREE: MS, Duke University, Durham, NC
EXTRACURRICULARS/ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I was on the Cross Country, and Track & Field teams while at Carleton, and have continued running since.