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Out of the Gray (Gy) Podcast: Filling the Gap

Posted: Jun 28th, 2022

Just over one year ago, Standard Imaging launched a new podcast: Out of the Gray (Gy), hosted by Traci Conley. What started as a platform to share the stories and experiences of the community has grown into the largest Radiation Therapy podcast in the world with almost 50 episodes featuring guests from across the globe and all areas of Medical Physics, Radiation Therapy, and Radiation Oncology.

The podcast not only allows professionals to share their experiences and insight into technical subjects, but also provides a forum for them to delve into topics ranging from technology, philanthropy, and communication skills to burnout, equity, research, advocacy, and leadership.

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“Originally, I was interested in the podcast because I felt that my little niche corner of medical physics expertise might be useful or interesting for a few listeners in the audience, but my attitude has changed and changed dramatically since starting to collaborate with Traci,” said Matthew Goss, MS, DABR, Senior Medical Physicist at Allegheny Health Network. “While I did talk about some specific and technical things in my first episode, it organically shifted towards volunteerism, professional development, trends in the field, and soft skills, observations, and ideas for general improvement.”

“Talking with Traci on Out of the Gray about gender equity and parental leave in medical physics was half advocacy work and half personal therapy session,” said Kelly Paradis, Ph.D., DABR, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology at Michigan Medicine. “Thanks so much to Traci and Standard Imaging for getting the conversation going on important issues in the world of Radiation Oncology.”

Since its inception, the podcast has featured more than 50 guests including many joint episodes and a video podcast episode. It’s a one-of-a-kind platform that provides a space to share about issues and experiences that influence all areas of the field and impact listeners and the radiotherapy industry.

"It is really nice to have such a forum where your research can be discussed without the limitation of eight-minute intensive talks and two minutes of questions,” said Christian Jamtheim Gustafsson, Ph.D., Medical Physicist Expert, AI Researcher, and Project Manager at Region Skåne.

“I had the honor of being on Out of the Gray to discuss what it’s like to be a veterinary radiation therapist and all the similarities and differences between the two [human and veterinary],” said Shivani Narayanan, Radiation Therapist and Social Media Manager at PetCure Oncology. “I had a wonderful time speaking to Traci, who made being on the podcast super comfortable and fun.”

“I now feel very strongly that Out of the Gray has touched on something meaningful, working to fill a gap in our field that we didn’t necessarily know we had; we tend to focus very strongly on the technical education aspect, and while that’s important (and discussed on the podcast) there is a growing desire for practitioners of our craft to develop and hone skills involving leadership, outreach and collaboration,” said Goss. “This has become a forum for those efforts, and I’m humbled and excited to be a part of that.”

Standard Imaging is honored to share the inspiring stories of many passionate people in our industry. A special thank you to all our guests, listeners, and our host. Listen, download, and subscribe to Out of the Gray (Gy) on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music, or Google Podcasts.

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This article was published in the Spring 2022 European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP) Newsletter.

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