William Patrick Hazeltine dressed in scrubs seated at a table.

At Suffolk

  • Certificate in Radiation Therapy

Since Suffolk

  • Lead Radiation Therapist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Why did you choose to study Radiation Therapy?

I always knew from early on that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare.  I was deciding between several different areas of study when my grandmother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  She received radiation as part of her treatment and shared her experience with me. The Radiation Therapists that treated her helped her through a very difficult time.  They were very sensitive to what she was going through and made sure to play her favorite music for every treatment. I decided at that point that I wanted to help people in the same way. I also have always had an interest in physics and after researching the field I knew that this is what I wanted to do.

How did your Suffolk experience prepare you for your career after graduation?

My time at Suffolk provided me with a strong foundation for my career.  All of my professors had a passion for teaching and provided encouragement and support.  In my final two years at Suffolk, I rotated through several different hospitals as a student working closely with Radiation Therapists.  This clinical experience was very challenging but provided me with the skills necessary to have a successful career as a Radiation Therapist.

What does a typical day in your job look like?

A typical day for me consists of treating a full schedule of radiation therapy patients.  We work in teams of 4 and treat patients from 7:00 am to around 5:30 pm.  It is also my responsibility to manage our schedule to ensure that our workday runs smoothly.  I also work closely with various Radiation Oncologists and physicists that work in our department.  All of the different role groups must work together seamlessly to provide the highest quality care to all of our patients.  I am lucky in that a typical day for me consists of working closely with a group of talented and passionate people that truly want to make a difference and impact their patients’ lives in a positive way.