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Establishing Multidisciplinary Collaboration as a Medical Physicist


L Xing

B Fraass

E Ford

S Chang





L Xing1*, B Fraass2*, E Ford3*, S Chang4*, (1) Stanford Univ School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, (2) Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LOS ANGELES, CA, (3) University of Washington, SEATTLE, WA, (4) UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

TU-E-211-1 Tuesday 2:00:00 PM - 3:50:00 PM Room: 211

Many medical physicists are scientists at heart and their career fulfillment includes a balance of clinical service and research development. Multidisciplinary collaboration is a great way for the medical physicists to advance science and technology of our fields and the fields of our collaborators. Cross-pollination among scientists of different fields has been the key for some of the most significant breakthroughs in science and medicine and produced some of the most rewarding experiences for the individuals involved. However, medical physicists face unique challenges in establishing multidisciplinary collaboration because our time and resources for research are often quite limited compared to basic scientists. Yet we medical physicists are uniquely positioned and have a tremendous opportunity to create/contribute to multidisciplinary research: our fields are already multidisciplinary in nature and hospital environment is problem rich. How do we establish and carry out research collaboration with scientists of other fields? How to balance research with your higher priority clinical service? How do you find the right multidisciplinary collaboration in your own environment? We will discuss the challenges, provide real exemplary solutions to the above questions, and offer advise to medical physicists who are interested in starting or improving their multidisciplinary collaboration. There are different kinds of multidisciplinary collaborations a medical physicist can create and participate at different involvement levels. Multidisciplinary collaboration is not for every medical physicist but for those who seek and devote time to it, the experience can be truly rewarding and the impact can be enormous.

Educational Objectives:
1. Learn the types of multidisciplinary collaboration medical physicists can created/participated
2. Learn the approaches and strategies to develop collaborations with scientists and professional of other fields
3. Understand the challenges and different approaches to balance clinical service and multidisciplinary research collaboration


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