Where are they now: Update from Radiation Therapy Technology alum Quynh Vu '21
By Assistant Clinical Professor Alisa Kagen
Quynh Vu, another recent graduate of the Wayne State Radiation Therapy Technology program, is currently working as a contingent at Henry Ford Health System and Ascension St. John.
Quynh, who graduated in 2021, rotated through both Henry Ford and St. John as a student. The advantage of our program is the number of clinical sites our students are fortunate enough to rotate through. This enables the students and the staff radiation therapists to predict if the student may be a good fit for future employment. Quynh was lucky to land a position at both sites!
“The greatest thing of graduating from the WSU RTT program was that I was able to be hired right before I graduated,” Quynh said. “I ended up being hired at two of our rotation sites.”
Quynh said that even though she a contingent or an as-needed employee, she has been able to secure many hours and enjoys the aspect of being able to modify her schedule. She added, “Working at multiple locations and different health systems gives me opportunities to continue learning and becoming more flexible in adapting to the differences in management and health care systems, and the radiation oncology teams as well as treatment modalities.”
Working with the new RTT students at her clinical sites has been a wonderful experience for Quynh as well. She said she really enjoys working with junior and senior students of our program: “Mentoring our RTT students in clinic is such a joy to have each day. In the future, I would love to become a WSU student clinical supervisor and continue to help our students succeed and become great therapists.
“The WSU RTT program was such a wonderful thing in my life," Quynh added. "All the clinical instructors are amazing and super helpful. It was so joyful that two years in the program did not seem to be long at all. I have always wished we could have more time together.”
Thank you, Quynh — we wish you continued success!
About radiation therapy technology
Radiation therapists have a unique opportunity to blend the knowledge and skills of mathematics, science and psychology in their daily work. Radiation therapists operate sophisticated radiation equipment to treat malignant tissue, assist in designing cancer treatment through the use of 3D computer-generated calculations, recognize when a patient is having additional medical problems that require a doctor's attention and provide psychological support for patients who are dealing with the stress of their illness.
The bachelor of science in radiation therapy technology is offered through Wayne State’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The application deadline is Nov. 30. Learn more on the RTT website.