I am about to graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in May 2008 and am interested in a career in medical physics. Are there any radiologists in here who can point out the differences between having a PhD in medical physics/radiology or an MD specializing in radiology in terms of job description?
From reading articles and sources online, it seems like the medical physicist and radiologist rely on each other because the first is an expert with the equipment and making up the treatment and the latter is an expert in diagnosis and analyzing the effects of the treatment. Is this about right or is there something I'm missing? It seems that both professions require heavy cooperation with one another in the workplace.
I am also curious about the salary difference between the two, though I can probably guess that the clinician makes more.
After checking out some PhD programs in medical physics, I've noticed that many encourage taking a 3-4 year residency program after the PhD is obtained. That is pretty much how long it takes (if not longer) to do medical school and do residency? So what's the deal?