Medical Physics - A general "job description" as opposed to a radiation oncologist Forgive my ignorance, but Medical Physics/Radiation Oncology is one of those fields who's typical work day is still a mystery to me. Are medical physicists the "primary guy" when it comes to treating patients with cancer, that is, do they spend most of their time in the clinic seeing patients or actually doing procedures? Is one done more often than the other and to what extent? Is it, in general, better to go straight to an accredited PhD program in Medical Physics after undergrad as opposed to an "MS then PhD" route? Would pursuing an MS essentially be a waste of time since most employers want their physicists to be board certified, have a PhD, and completed an accredited residency program? Are medical physicists in charge of operating the actual machinery that is providing the radiation treatment to the patient…or is that more in the realm of a radiation oncologist? In general, would you say that if one if looking to do a medical field with procedures and is really into technology, then they should avoid a field like medical physics and instead go into Medicine? What is the typical timeline when it comes to starting a career in medical physics after finishing undergrad? What is the job market like for board certified medical physicists?