Kyme graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Physics in
my honours year I had approximately zero desire to go into research,
or bumble after a PhD. A careful hunt for an honours project lead
me to an elegant beast at Westmead Hospital, one that, importantly
I think, inspired many a thought of how to wrestle it to the ground.†
Research suddenly became for me quite the gem it is, mainly because
here was problem solving that was relevant to humans in an obvious
way. It combined the fascination of human physiology with an understanding
and application of knowledge that we had been taught! An opportunity
to stay on as a research assistant in nuclear medicine physics
at Westmead after university came up and was most gladly taken.
Now I spend my time primarily on the motion correction problem
in brain imaging that I began as an honours project.
me, and for many science students I suspect, the initial opportunities
that crop up at the end of university are jumped at: this is not
a bad thing, because they become perhaps the first inkling of
life as an educated science student outside university walls.
You get a taste to find out where your appetite really is. And
lo and behold I developed a keen desire to pursue research in
medical physics. I plan to begin post graduate study some time
soon. Postponing study for the couple of years experience at Westmead
will be very helpful for me, allowing me to consolidate knowledge
thatís come my way for the last 20 odd years.
this point I might mention that overseas looks very appealing
as an avenue, whether for completing study begun here or for work.
Thatís not to say there arenít some great opportunities and keen
research groups right here in Australia for medical physics; but
to experience new places and people, venturing abroad for some
length of time sounds good to me.
is massive scope for attacking stimulating science-based problems,
whether in medical fields or elsewhere. Personally, I could say
that quite apart from nuclear medicine, the space industry and
the solid-state nano-fabrication physics field are titillating
areas that I may yet give serious thought to. Many problems needing
original thought are out there. And physicists have the minds
to solve them!