MDCB Scholarship Award Winners

Ian Zoller

I am originally from Marietta, Ohio which is located in the Southeastern part of the state along the banks of the Ohio River.  Growing up in Ohio all of my life made it easy to love The Ohio State University, so naturally OSU was my first choice to attend for my undergraduate studies.  I graduated from Ohio State in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Radiation Therapy.  Before graduation, I was given the chance to work as a dosimetry intern at the James Cancer Hospital, which is part of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  This experience allowed me to get a better understanding of the job a dosimetrist performs and I knew that dosimetry was something I wanted to pursue further.  Recently, the James Cancer Hospital became an affiliated clinical site with the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  This partnership allowed me to continue learning from the dosimetry group I had become close with as an intern.  

So far I am really enjoying completing my clinical coursework at a university hospital such as The James.  A large number of patients are treated there on a daily basis, allowing me to gain experience with a wide variety of disease sites and unique patient cases.  Not only is it a great opportunity to learn, but it also makes me feel like I am able to make a difference for people that are fighting such a terrible disease.  

In my future career path, I aspire to be the type of healthcare professional that is always willing to learn – being able to adapt to changes in the field and advances in technology.  In addition, I would welcome the opportunity to play the role of an educator and train future dosimetry students in their pursuit of certification. I look forward to graduating with my Master’s this December and seeing what the future holds for me.