Your full name please
Akinlade, Bidemi I.

How would you define Medical Physics?
It is the application of the principles and concepts of Physics for effective and safe use of certain devices (ionising & non-ionising) for diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

Where do you work?
Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, University College Hospital, Ibadan. I am also the treasurer of the Nigerian Association of Medical Physicists (NAMP).

What other positions do you hold?
I am the treasurer of the Nigerian Association of Medical Physicists

Tell us about your educational background?
I hold a BSc Physics, MSc Physics and PhD Physics (Medical Physics research). I am also an IAEA fellow.

How did you get to know about Medical Physics?
I got to know about Medical Physics after my master’s degree while seeking for employment at the University College Hospital, Ibadan

In what way are you involved in Medical Physics?
Research, Clinical, Academic, and Teaching

How long have you been involved in Medical Physics?
For over 20 yrs

What is your main area of Specialisation in Medical Physics?
Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

What do you love about Medical Physics/your job?
I love that my job gives me the opportunity to touch lives. It is also a stepping stone to fulfilling my divine purpose.

Are there any challenges you face at your job?
I would say none. Every challenge is an opportunity for me to advance. I apply my skills and knowledge to overcome them.

What do you think should be the major focus of Medical Physicists in your country or Medical Physics in Africa?
To ensure recognition of the profession by the government, passage of the Medical physics bill in respective countries, promotion of comprehensive clinical training and certification of members.

How would you rate the Medical Physics profession in Africa, Do you think significant progress has been made? 1 being the highest point and 5 the lowest.

What would you say is the most essential skill needed for anyone interested in becoming a Medical Physicist?
Communication, leadership, mathematical, technological, analytical and problem-solving skills are needed. Also, don’t be radiophobic.

What advice would you give aspiring Physicists/Medical Physicists?
Be focused and consistently keep the flag flying until the desired goal is reached. Have a very good knowledge and understanding of physics in general. Don’t take shortcuts to success! Study and work hard.

If not Medical Physics what else?
I cannot think of anything else. I initially wanted to be a computer scientist but since I discovered the field of medical physics, I have had no regrets.

Additional comments
Thanks to the team for this noble idea which would help to improve and promote the profession. God bless you.