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Radiation Oncology Physics Residency - Resident Stories

 

Sharareh (Sherry) Koufigar

Sharareh (Sherry) Koufigar (January 2020 - December 2021) 

Sherry received her Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles and her CAMPEP Accredited Master of Science in Medical Physics from Columbia University in New York. In the summer of 2016, Sherry completed an internship at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Upon graduation from Columbia, Sherry worked as an Operational Physics Intern with Elekta before accepting a full time position with Sun Nuclear Corporation. After two years on the vendor side of operations, Sherry elected to pursue a clinical position. Born and raised in Esfahan, Iran, she is fluent in Persian and enjoys volunteering at the Atlanta Persian Community Center, where she teaches children ages 4 to 12 years old how to read and write in Persian. Sherry also teaches Daf, a traditional Persian music instrument.

“Besides the fact that I am getting great exposures by participating in a wide range of radiation treatments using various technologies, I get to work with different physicists with diverse personalities and teaching techniques. This opportunity enhances my ability of being a team player. Also, it prepares me to handle any clinical situation with a multi-pronged approach.” – Sherry Koufigar

 

Kevin Sukumar

Kevin Sukumar (July 2020 - July 2022) 

Kevin completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Then, he enrolled at Purdue University in Indiana and graduated with a CAMPEP Accredited Master of Science in Medical Physics. He joined Emory Healthcare as a medical physics assistant during which his primary duties were patient specific IMRT QA and monthly linac QAs. One of the highlights during his role as the medical physics assistant was participating in a linac commissioning project. He was thrilled with the experience of working with complex mechanisms of the linac and water tank scanning system with a broad range of detectors. Additionally, this role further reinforced his interest towards becoming a clinical medical physicist. During his free time, Kevin engages in hobbies such as street photography, cycling, kickboxing, and solving puzzles. Some of his favorite social hangout activities are bowling and playing pool.

“The dedicated clinical training across a range of treatment techniques and different systems compared to a single vendor-based system enriches my learning experience. I feel increasingly confident of eventually being an independent clinical medical physicist as I progress through my residency at Piedmont” – Kevin Sukumar

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