IMMEDIATELY AFTER graduating with honours from Florida International University with a BSc in physics in 2010, Deon Dick entered Duke University.
And recently, she graduated from the institution with a Master of Science degree in medical physics. In addition, on September 18 the American Board of Radiology announced that Deon has successfully completed Part One of its certification, thereby enabling her to work as a qualified medical physicist anywhere this certification is recognised.
In April, Dick successfully defended her MS thesis titled, 'Knowledge-Based IMRT treatment planning for prostate cancer: Experience with 101 cases from the Duke Clinic'.
And on August 1, at the 54th annual meeting for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), she was one of the featured presenters based on the findings of her thesis. The study designed a method to reduce the time it takes to create cancer treatment plans and also improve the plan quality.
In May, at Duke University Medical Physics graduation, Dick received the Director's Award (2011-12) for exemplary service as student liaison to Graduate School Student Affairs and for coordinating the Medical Physics Retreat, the Open House and also the Medical Physics Graduation and Awards.
Additionally, as a participant in the Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience programme offered through the AAPM, Dick studied the effects of different cancer treatment techniques for children with cancer of the central nervous system at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Her findings were presented at the Southeastern Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in 2009.
Last week, the Immaculate High School alumnus returned to Jamaica to live and work.