Statement Of Purpose: Radiation Therapy

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I was first introduced to radiation therapy by going to my mother’s cancer treatments. Her therapist was one of the most empathetic and compassionate people she received care from. The therapist telling me about her job and seeing it help my mom was the spark that ignited my passion to become a radiation therapist. Since my initial introduction to radiation therapy I have researched the profession, schools and been on several job shadows. I was an observer at several healthcare facilities including the University of Minnesota hospital and three Mayo Clinic facilities (Rochester, Mankato, and Northfield). My shadowing experience at the University of Minnesota Radiation Oncology unit allowed me to shadow doctors, nurses, and therapists. At Mayo Clinic, I observed radiation therapy treatments, simulations and dosimetry. The experience of these job shadows taught me how important teamwork is in the health care field. I found it takes the hard work and dedication of many individuals to help a single patient. I also learned how important it is to be kind and compassionate with patients. Radiation therapists have many responsibilities, but it seemed that all the therapists put high priority on greeting every patient with a smile and taking the time to get to know them. This importance of creating a …show more content…
My goals as a radiation therapist is to help as many people as possible with their battle with cancer. I want to continuously learn about new technology and treatments in order to ensure I am giving my patients the best care possible. While giving the best care possible I also want to make patients feel comfortable with me as a care provider. Too many time I have heard people say they feel like just a number when they are receiving healthcare. My goal is to never make a patient feel that way, rather I want to make them feel that there is someone fighting with them who is empathetic and

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