MDCB Scholarship Award Winners

Ryan Pohl 

I am originally from Hawaii, but have moved to several locations in the pursuit of furthering my education.  Out of high school, I accepted a football scholarship to attend Oregon State University and am proud to be the first football player to receive a bachelor’s degree in radiation health physics from that institution.  The experience of juggling collegiate sports with the rigors of my academic program helped me develop a strong work ethic.  Following graduation, I knew I wanted to enter the radiation oncology field and got my start by attending radiation therapy school at the College of Southern Nevada.  I enjoyed treatment planning courses offered by my program and found they were the classes I most excelled in; the progression to dosimetry seemed natural.  I am extremely grateful to report that I am now attending the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse and pursuing a master's degree in medical dosimetry.  I am focused on learning as much as I possibly can in order to be well-prepared as a certified dosimetrist. 

I am fortunate to be completing the clinical portion of my program at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The faculty is incredibly generous with their time and push me to reach my full potential.  Their enthusiasm for teaching has produced several outstanding dosimetrists.  They set an excellent example of the importance of sharing knowledge to increase the treatment planning standards of our community.  Ultimately, this results in a higher degree of the patient's medical care.  Their commitment to teaching is contagious; I hope to return the favor by mentoring future aspiring dosimetrists.  My long-term goal is to work at a top-notch radiation oncology facility and serve as a clinical preceptor.

Having the opportunity to treat cancer patients on a daily basis is extremely motivating.  I have always prided myself on being a hard worker, however, the support from the MDCB has inspired me to work even harder than before.  I truly do love this profession and am honored to be a part of this community.  I am enjoying the process of becoming a fully competent and confident treatment planner and can't wait to see what the future has in store.