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Malorie Stowe

Medical Physicist, Mayo Clinic


Master of Medical Physics, University of Pennsylvania ‘14
Master of Science in Physics, Ball State University ‘12
Bachelor of Science in Physics, Indiana State University ‘10

“I was a unique case because I joined Penn’s Master of Medical Physics (MMP) program when I already had a master’s in physics,” shares Malorie Stowe (MMP ’14), “I didn’t have to retake foundational courses, so it opened my schedule. Knowing I wanted to be a clinical physicist, I spent that extra time in a clinical practicum through Penn’s partnership with Einstein Medical Center. I also did the daily quality assurance (QA) tests at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Those were completely invaluable experiences.”

Malorie came to Penn because she knew a career in medical physics required CAMPEP-accreditation. She was drawn to Penn’s stellar facilities and hands-on opportunities for students. “In terms of the classroom, research and clinical experiences, no other program compared to Penn,” she continues, “In a job, you don’t always learn the ‘why’ you just learn the ‘how.’ I appreciated getting that time in the clinics and centers to learn the ‘why.’”

Malorie also gained in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies and equipment offered at Penn. “When I was working on the proton machinery, a physicist was always around, but I had a lot of autonomy setting up for the QA. It gave me time with the machines without the pressure of having a patient on the table.”

For students and professionals considering a career in medical physics, Malorie advises, “Do your homework as far as the field is concerned. Residencies are very competitive. Any place you go, they’ll ask ‘why you?’ And you have to find that for yourself—what makes you stand out when you go on interviews.” Along with her applied learning at Penn, Malorie was also a teaching assistant for an image-based anatomy course. Malorie landed a residency at The Ohio State University and later a position as a medical physicist at the Mayo Clinic because of her rich clinical portfolio and well-rounded academic background.

“Penn offers so much as a university, beyond the clinic and the classroom,” she remembers, “There’s always something exciting happening in Philadelphia, too. I loved my time at Penn—they will forever be some of the best years of my life.”

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